Postdoc Appreciation Week

Celebrating UK and ROI postdoctoral researchers making their mark on the world!

What is PAW?

Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) is a celebration of the fantastic contribution postdocs and researchers make towards research and academic life in general. It's a special time to showcase, recognise, and celebrate their efforts, and thank them for all they do!

Originally an initiative from the National Postdoc Association in the USA (National Postdoc Appreciation Week), it is now also celebrated in the UK, with the first ever UK/ROI-wide events organised in 2020 by a consortium of UK and Irish Universities.

In 2023, it is taking place from Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September; keep an eye out for our flagship national free event, as well as other local institutional information here! 

During PAW, please use #LovePostdocs and #NPAW2023 in your Tweets!

Everybody can get involved on social media!

Contribute to PAW by:

  • Posting on Twitter and Instagram (using #LovePostdocs, #NPAW2023 and naming us @UK_NPAW)
  • Sharing your profile with the community

What's the plan?

In addition to your institution's own programme, we'll kick start the week with a free UK/ROI-wide online event open to all and the National Postdoc Conference 2023!!!

2023 event - Creating connections and rediscovering joy

Mon 18 Sep 2023 | 10:30 - 12:30 | Online

Join our comedian, interdisciplinary experts and postdoc panel to discover the similarities and differences between postdocs across disciplines, how to communicate 'across divides', break preconceptions and rediscover joy! 

National Postdoc Conference 2023

Tue 19 Sep 2023 | 9:30 - 16:00 | Loughborough University 

The NPDC23 is a conference dedicated to the celebration of postdoctoral researchers from any university, in any discipline. It focuses on navigating the postdoc journey and equip attendees to thrive in their current role and beyond. The conference is free to attend and hosted at Loughborough University. 

Local programmes and more

Mon 18 - Fri 22 Sep 2023

Check the list of events and initiatives in your host institution as well as some University-specific events open to all, and courses and well-being initiatives you could engage with

(note: local programmes may not yet have been updated for 2023)

Catch up on previous NPAW events

2023 Sponsors

Organised by...

For 2023, the organisation of the NPAW UK-wide events has involved postdocs and researcher developer volunteers from the following institutions:

The University of Manchester

The University of Bristol

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Sheffield

The University of Liverpool

The University of Aberdeen

The University of York

Queen's University Belfast


Need more information?

Follow updates on the events on our Social Media (Twitter and Instagram) and if you have a question that is not covered by this website or if the PAW programme of your institution is not featured here, please get in touch!

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