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, introducing in 2020 the first ever UK/ROI-wide open event to kick-start the week, which involves a consortium of UK and Irish Universities.

This year, it is taking place from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September.

During PAW, please use #LovePostdocs and #NPAW2020 in your Tweets!

Everybody can get involved on social media!

Contribute to PAW by:

  • Posting on Twitter and Instagram (using #LovePostdocs, #NPAW2020 and naming us @UK_NPAW)
  • Sharing your profile with the community
  • Participating in our GIF challenge (prizes to win!)

What's the plan?

In addition to your institution's own programme, we'll kick start the week with a couple of free UK/ROI-wide online events organised by postdocs and researcher development officers from multiple UK Universities.

Note: register even if events appear fully booked; people on the waiting list will be sent a live stream link to participate

#Recognition of Research Talents

Mon 21 Sep 2020 | 1 pm | Online

Let's fight the impostor syndrome together with this positive, fun and upbeat event! Introduced by Sara Shinton (University of Edinburgh), we will learn all about the highly valuable transferable skills of postdocs with Chris Humphrey (Jobs on toast), followed by Emer Maguire (Science communicator, Musical comedian), illustrating how to excel at communication... and singing a bit! 

#PostdocChat - Careers in Academia and Beyond

Tue 22 Sep 2020 | 10 am | Online

Moderated panel discussion on how to identify, trial out and pursue career options as a postdoc, involving insights from Prof Fiona Watts (UKRI MRC), the Prosper team (University of Liverpool), Bethan Hughes (Wellcome), Rachel Cox (Vitae) and Dr Sarah Staniland (University of Sheffield)

Local programmes and additional resources

Mon 21 - Fri 25 Sep 2020

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

Catch up on the 2020 PAW events

The 2020 UK/ROI-wide PAW events, #Recognition of Research Talents and #PostdocChat - Careers in Academia and Beyond, have been recorded and are available to watch on demand for free!


Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for funding these two events:

Organised by...

The organisation of the PAW UK-wide events involves postdocs and researcher developer volunteers from the following institutions:

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!