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

National Postdoc Conference 2021 Programme

This day-long conference aims 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 includes a keynote from Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO of UKRI, plus a panel on collaborative research practices, which will include Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, President of Universities UK.


Please note that registration for sessions, which will be free, is required to attend this event. Registration opens on 20 July - please go to the programme below to book your sessions.

Get the NPDC21 app

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

Social space

Throughout the day, participants will be encouraged to drop in to our dedicated Kumospace area for networking. A link will be provided to registered participants before the event begins.


Each Wellbeing Oasis section will offer a choice of following self-led resources yourself or joining a 10 minute Active Wellbeing session which you must register for. Registration links will be provided shortly.

Bite-sized parallel sessions

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

Recognising that, due to number constraints, not all participants will be able to register for the bite-sized parallel sessions of their choice, all sessions for the NPDC2021 will be recorded. Recordings and all related resources will be made available on the NPDC website which will remain an open-access public website, so it is advised that participants factor this accordingly in their registrations.


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
Choose between:
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

Bronze sponsors

Inkpath logo in programme

 Facebook Reality Labs logo programme

Join Kumospace at any time during the event (link in your NPDC joining instruction emails).

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

We look forward to meeting you all!

09:30-10:30 Keynote by Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser 
10:30-11:00 Wellbeing Oasis 2
Choose between:
1. Self-led options
2. Active Wellbeing - AW2 (10:45-10:55)
11:00-11:45 Bite-sized Parallel Sessions A
11:45-12:15 Wellbeing Oasis 3
Choose between:
1. Self-led options
2. Active Wellbeing - AW3 (12:00-12:10)
12:15-13:00 Bite-sized Parallel Sessions B

Lunch break and Wellbeing Oasis 4: Self-led options

Meet the sponsors in Kumospace

14:00-14:45 Bite-sized Parallel Sessions C
14:45-15:15 Wellbeing Oasis 4
Choose between:
1. Self-led options
2. Active Wellbeing - AW4 (15:00-15:10)

Panel: Collaborative Research Practices

Panellists will include 
16:30-17:00 Active social activity and meeting the sponsors in Kumospace

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