National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Established in 2009, National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week (NPAW) takes place annually on the third week of September to celebrate the significant contributions researchers make to delivering and progressing research excellence.

Postdoc Appreciation Week

This initiative began in the United States of America, and now has been globally endorsed becoming a mainstream activity in the postdoctoral calendar in the UK. 

National Postdoc Conference 2021

The University of Liverpool was chosen to host the biennial UK National Postdoc Conference (NPDC) 2021 which took place on the 24 September 2021, to coincide with the last day of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. It celebrated the significant contributions researchers make to delivering and progressing research excellence. Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, the CEO of UKRI, delivered the keynote speech at the day-long virtual conference which enabled UK postdocs to come together to hear about key initiatives and the direction of travel across the national research agenda. The event was aimed at postdoctoral researchers from all disciplinary backgrounds, alongside stakeholders from industry, funding agencies, policy influencers, editors, academics, researcher developers, and career development professionals. Recordings and associated resources of all the sessions are freely-available and can be accessed from the NPDC21 Programme page. A visual representation of the event can be seen on this page in the form of illustrations, quotes, key points and take-aways from the day. A comprehensive virtual delegate pack contains the NPDC21 pocketbook of top tips, podcasts, blog posts, self-reflection logs, sponsor materials, family-friendly activities and more. Other useful resources included specially curated collections of self-led wellbeing activities for individuals to engage in at any time, including guided meditations, yoga sessions, relaxing music and nature observations.

National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2022

This will take place between 19 – 23 September 2022. The University’s Leadership, Organisational, Professional & Academic Development Academy (The Academy) will be working with a national group of postdocs to organise activities during this week. Events will be updated on the page in due course. Find out more about NPAW 2022.

Saying thank you

Colleagues have the opportunity to say thank you to a postdoctoral and/or early career researcher colleague with some specially designed virtual thank you cards on our Show Your Appreciation page.

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