National Postdoc Conference programme - brought to you by The Academy at the University of Liverpool

National Postdoc Conference 2021 Programme

This day-long conference aimed to give postdocs from all disciplines the opportunity to:

  • meet and network
  • hear about key initiatives and direction of travel across the national research agenda
  • harness your career prospects by participating in bite-sized development activities.

The exciting programme included a keynote from Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO of UKRI, plus a panel on collaborative research practices, which included Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Former President of Universities UK.

NPDC21 app

The NPDC21 app provided a range of features to enhance the attendee’s experience, including the ability to create a personalised itinerary.

Social space

Throughout the day, participants could drop in to our dedicated Kumospace area for networking. 


Each Wellbeing Oasis section offered a choice of following self-led resources or joining a 10 minute Active Wellbeing session.

Bite-sized parallel sessions

The bite-sized parallel sessions were brief, 45-minute sessions designed to deliver timely, targeted information on a range of topics that are helpful for personal and professional development. 

Recordings and all related resources for NPDC21 sessions are available within the relevant NPDC webpages - please see links in the Programme below. This will remain an open-access public website.


We have an extensive FAQs section which contains answers to commonly raised questions about all aspects of the NPDC.

Virtual delegate pack

Discover your virtual delegate pack to choose your preferred Zoom background, download reflection logs, pick up some family friendly actvities, access resources from our sponsors and more.


Time Session
09:15-09:30 Wellbeing Oasis 1 - A start to the day
Access resources:
1. Self-led options
2. Active Wellbeing - AW1 (09:15-09:25)

Main partnerN8 logo

Platinum sponsors 

UKRI logo

IBM logo

Singular Talent logo

 Code Switch logo

Gold sponsor

CDICE logo

Bronze sponsors

Inkpath logo in programme

 Facebook Reality Labs logo programme


A Kumospace area was available throughout the day for socialising, networking and meeting sponsors.

09:30-10:30 Keynote by Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser 
By everyone, for everyone: supporting people across the research and innovation system
Access the session video and presentation
10:30-11:00 Wellbeing Oasis 2
Access resources:
1. Self-led options
2. Active Wellbeing - AW2 (10:45-10:55)
11:00-11:45 Access recordings and resources for Bite-sized Parallel Sessions A
11:45-12:15 Wellbeing Oasis 3
Access resources:
1. Self-led options
2. Active Wellbeing - AW3 (12:00-12:10)
12:15-13:00 Access recordings and resources for Bite-sized Parallel Sessions B

Lunch break and Wellbeing Oasis 4 - Access resources: Self-led options

Meet the sponsors in Kumospace

14:00-14:45 Access recordings and resources for Bite-sized Parallel Sessions C
14:45-15:15 Wellbeing Oasis 4
Access resources:
1. Self-led options
2. Active Wellbeing - AW4 (15:00-15:10)

Panel: Collaborative Research Practices


Watch the session video

16:30-17:00 Informal happy hour, social space and meeting the sponsors in Kumospace

With special thanks

The holding music played at the beginning and end of the Keynote and Panel discussion was provided by students of the University of Liverpool. We thank Tom Hudson (3rd Year Composition student) composition entitled Kario Mart, Ioan Wardhaugh (3rd Year Performance student - harp) G.F. Handel - Harp Concerto in B flat major HWV 294, Andante Allegro, with string parts pre-recorded by the Solem Quartet, University of Liverpool Ensemble-in-Residence and  Xiaoxiao Hou (PhD Researcher and guzheng performer) Weili Hu (arr. Xiaoxiao Hou) composition Market Place, for giving their permission to use these performances for the NPDC21. A special Thank you to Helen Thomas and colleagues  from the School of Arts for helping to access the performances. 


If you would like any of the information included in this area in a different format to aid accessibility please email In order to include and cater to as many participants as possible during NPDC21, both the Keynote and Panel Discussion on Collaborative Research Practices will have speech to text live captioning. All other recorded sessions will include auto captions. Please visit our Supporting and Prioritising Accessibility and Inclusivity page for more information.

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