PFDC Postdoc Appreciation WeekPostdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) was started in the US in 2009 to recognise the significant contributions that postdocs make to research and discovery. This year, PAW is taking place between 20–24 September 2021 at universities in the UK and US.

In recognition of the postdocs, fellows and clinicians who make Imperial a leading research and educational institution, the PFDC and PAW Committee are delighted to organise and host a variety of virtual events to mark PAW at Imperial. These activities are running alongside other national events.

The programme for PAW at Imperial 2021 can be found below:

PAW Events at Imperial

Q&A with the Provost

Monday 20 September, 11.00-12.30, online

This event is open to all postdocs and fellows at the College. The aim of the session is to give early career researchers an opportunity to hear from the Provost about his vision for ECRs at Imperial and an opportunity to ask questions.

Register for the Q&A with the Provost via Qualtrics

Submit questions for the Q&A with the Provost via Qualtrics

Pop-up: Increasing visibility – social media for academics

Monday 20 September, 14.00-16.30, online

You know who you are and what your achievements and successes are, but how do you increase your visibility as a researcher? In this session, we are going to cover the why and how to increase your visibility and some strategies to overcome barriers, both online and offline.

Register for the ‘increasing visibility’ pop-up via Qualtrics.

Workshop: Taming your inner critic

Tuesday 21 September, 9.30-12.30, online

We all have an inner voice in our heads. It is an essential part of what makes us human – it helps us explore ideas without having to physically act out scenarios; it allows us to hold conversations, and remember shopping lists. It is with us from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep. This voice is designed to help you navigate the world and to keep you safe. Problem is, in order to keep you safe it focuses on the negatives, the perceived threats, and all the possible ways that you might mess up, fall down, or embarrass yourself. And that is where we spend a LOT of our time. 

During this three-hour workshop, we explore:

  • Explore how your inner voice shapes your thoughts, your mood, and your choices, and your productivity;
  • Address the critical inner voices that drive perfectionism, imposter syndrome and self-doubt that sabotage your motivation and enjoyment for your work;
  • Shift the spotlight – use our values as a compass and bring our strengths to the fore.
  • Learn how to rewrite that inner critic to a voice that allows for more mental space and energy to think, create, be present, and thrive.

Register for the ‘Taming your inner critic’ workshop via Qualtrics.

Pop-up: LinkedIn - How to build your profile and how to make the most out of it

Tuesday 21 September, 14.00-17.00, online

LinkedIn is a professional networking platform that can be used to increase your online visibility. A professional online presence is important as 64% of employers check future employees' LinkedIn profiles during the recruitment process. 

During this workshop we will: 

  • discuss the sections of a LinkedIn profile, top tips on creating an effective profile, and what makes LinkedIn a great platform to showcase your career goals and achievements. 
  • practise writing some sections of your own profile and thinking about what to include in others. 
  • receive hints and tips on how to network with potential employers and how to take advantage of job adverts that you can find on LinkedIn.

 You don’t need to have a LinkedIn profile already, but it would be helpful if you set up an account in advance.

Register for the ‘LinkedIn’ pop up via Qualtrics.

Pop-up: Starting to think about a fellowship application

Wednesday 22 September, 9.30-12.30, online

This pop-up introduces postdocs to the process of making a fellowship application. During the session, you will learn where to look for appropriate fellowship funding, how to apply and how to prepare a written application.

Register for the ‘Fellowships’ pop-up via Qualtrics

EDU: Teaching for postdocs

Wednesday 22 September, 14.00-16.00, online

This session will provide you with an introduction to teaching as a postdoc and will cover:

  • the STAR framework
  • the value of teaching as a postdoc
  • discussions with early career researchers on their experience of getting into teaching

The STAR Framework:

The STAR Framework is Imperial's programme of guidance, support and professional recognition for staff who teach or support learning. Through STAR you can engage in a scholarly process of reflecting on your own experience of practice to gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Register for the ‘Teaching’ event via Qualtrics


Workshop: Getting the best from people – Mentoring and coaching

Thursday 23 September, 10.00-12.00, online

Part of the role of a leader, and one of the key facets of professional and academic success, is to help to develop and empower those around you.  Moreover, it is also vital for us to seek out the right people to help support and challenge *us* as we develop.  Some of this development will be undertaken formally – through training and teaching – but at higher levels, much development comes through coaching and mentoring relationships. 

In this session, we’ll explore what coaching and mentoring are and how to build developmental relationships to help realise an individual’s potential. 

We’ll also consider the skills of coaching and mentoring - such skills as listening, questioning and goal setting that can help you in your leadership role as you develop, manage or supervise others. 

And we’ll explore what to look for in a potential coach/mentor and how to design an alliance that works to support you. 

Register for the ‘Mentoring and coaching’ session via Qualtrics.

IPFEN and IPC event: Boost your research career by working with industry

Thursday 23 September, 14.00-16.00, online

Working with industry during your academic career opens doors to new funding opportunities, raises your academic profile and increases the real-world impact of your research. Join us to hear first-hand from Imperial postdocs, academics, and representatives from Industry about the benefits of working together. Also, find out how your Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation Team can support you in working with industry.

Topics will be relevant for postdocs from across the College.

Register for the ‘Boost your research career by working with industry’ event via Eventbrite