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February 2, 2011

posted Feb 2, 2012, 7:26 AM by CAPS-ASCP Communications   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:33 AM ]


Are you interested in working in industry but have no idea how to find a contact in the field?  Please consider checking out the opportunities offered at MITACS ( There are several programs that may be of interest to you. If you are interested in a current internship or if you would like to to be on MITACS's roster of interns for future opportunities, please apply directly on their website at: and they will forward your information to the appropriate company.

Etes-vous intéressé à travailler dans l'industrie mais vous n'avez aucune idée comment y trouver un contact? S'il vous plaît envisager de vérifier les possibilités offertes par MITACS ( existe plusieurs programmes qui peuvent vous êtres intéressantsSi vous êtes intéressés par un stage en particulier ou si vous souhaitez être sur leur liste de stagiaires pour des opportunités futures, s'il vous plaît contactez leur directement via ​​leur site web à l'adresse: et ils transmettronts vous informations à l'entreprise approprié.

December 19, 2011

posted Dec 19, 2011, 12:25 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:37 AM ]

Is Canada producing too many PhDs? Yes, no and maybe

The real question, said panelists at the Canadian Science Policy Conference, is how to better prepare graduates for life outside academe.

by Léo Charbonneau
Dr. Angela Crawley, Vice-Chair Operations, discusses some of the issues that postdocs face.  You can see CAPS-ACSP's presentation given at the Canadian Science Policy Conference here.

Next CAPS-ACSP Executive Committee Teleconference

posted Dec 14, 2011, 7:25 AM by CAPS-ASCP Communications   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:42 AM ]

The next teleconferance will take place Monday, December 19th via Skype from 3:00-4:30pm, EST.  CAPS-ACSP representatives should contact Angela Crawley, Vice-Chair Operations ( to get information on how to join the meeting.

November 23, 2011

posted Nov 23, 2011, 3:30 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:41 AM ]

Presentations by CAPS-ACSP:

CAPS-ACSP has been busy the last couple months getting people from universities, government and industry to think about how to enhance the Canadian postdoc experience.

  1. On October 20, 2011, at the Re- Imagine Conference held at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Angela Crawley, CAPS-ACSP Vice-Chair of Operations, presented the talk entitled "Postdocs and University Education".

  2. During the November 16-18, 2011 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Dr. Angela Crawley, CAPS-ACSP Vice-Chair of Operations, presented the talk entitled: "Education and Training of Scientists".

We also encourage you to read the following essay: "Improving Graduate Education to Support a Branching Career Pipeline: Recommendations Based on a Survey of Doctoral Students in the Basic Biomedical Science." by C. N. Fuhrmann, D. G. Halme, P. S. O’Sullivan, and B. Lindstaedt. (2011)  CBE Life Sciences Education. 10: 239-249.

October 24, 2011

posted Oct 24, 2011, 4:34 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:41 AM ]

Funding Opportunities:

We would like to promote the following two programs from CHIR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research):
Here is the promotional youtube video (

Further information can be found here:

October 18, 2011

posted Oct 17, 2011, 9:35 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:41 AM ]

Postdoc Appreciation Week (September 19 - 23, 2011)

We hope you had a great Postdoc Appreciation week, if you have any pictures of the events that took place at your institution that you'd like to share, please email them to us ( or post them on our Facebook fanpage.
  • Among the different events organized that week, the University of Western Ontario's Postdoctoral Association organized a free pizza lunch and a MITACS Elevate Information lunch for postdocs.

Developing Postdoc Mentorship Agreement Plans
  • Are you starting a new postdoc or wondering how to get better mentorship? Why not create your own Mentorship Agreement Plan?  For tools on how to develop this plans, see the American National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)'s website:

September 19 - 23, 2011

posted Sep 20, 2011, 7:21 AM by CAPS-ASCP Communications   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:41 AM ]

Happy Postdoc Appreciation Week!
As many of you may know, the National Postdoctoral Association in the US organizes a National Postdoc Appreciation Week in September every year, which is scheduled for September 19-23 this year.
The following events are being held in Canada in honour of postdocs (let us know what your institution is doing for you): 
  • University of PEI:  The Graduate Studies Office at UPEI is hosting a postdoc coffee social on Thursday, September 22nd at 2 pm.  
  • University of Calgary: The Postdoc Association is holding a PDF appreciation event on Thursday, September 22nd from 4-6pm in South Campus, HMRB Atrium
  • University of Victoria: A postdoc Happy Hour is taking place this week in honour of the Postdoc Appreciation Week.
  • The University of Western Ontario: The postdoc association is holding an event every day of the week including a brewery tour, a MITACS information session and free pizza (for a full list of events visit
  • Dalhousie University:  The Department of Biophysics and Physiology is hosting an interdepartmental Postdoctoral Research Day with poster and oral presentations on Thursday, September 22nd. On Friday, September 23rd, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will be sponsoring Postdoc Appreciation Day with a dinner and live band entertainment for postdocs and their families.
  • University of British Columbia:  The Postdoctoral Fellow office and the Postdoc association are holding BBQ and a bowling night on Tuesday, September 20th and Thursday, September 22th, respectively (for more info:
  • McMaster University:  Professional development workshops for postdocs including “Preparing a Teaching Dossier and Teaching Philosophy; Supervision and Mentorship; and Course Design and Refinement”, will be held during this week. A reception for postdocs and their supervisors, hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training, will be held Wednesday, September 21st
  • McGill University: The postdoc association is holding a (slightly belated) Happy Hour at their postgrad students' union, Thomson House, on Monday 26th starting at 7pm. For further info visit:

If your event is not listed here, let CAPS-ACSP ( and the American National Postdoc Association ( know.

Also, if you have taken pictures during these events and want us to post it on our website and facebook page, feel free to send them to us.

Other events being held in the US can be found here:

August 31, 2011

posted Aug 31, 2011, 1:11 PM by CAPS-ACSP Webmaster   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:37 AM by CAPS-ASCP Communications ]

Mark your calendars: The next CAPS Executive Committee meeting is on Tues, Sept 13th 3:00-4:30pm (EST).

If you have any items for the agenda, please submit them to the Vice-chair Operations ( A final version of the meeting's agenda, as well as the previous meetings minutes will be circulated by Sept 11th. Details for the teleconference meeting will be included.

If you know that you cannot attend the meeting, please let us know. In addition, for post-doc association reps who cannot attend the meeting, please make sure you make an effort to have someone call as your replacement. Also, post-doc reps should be in communication with your local post-doc association to see if any topics/concerns need to be brought to the attention of CAPS.

August 22, 2011

posted Aug 22, 2011, 6:46 AM by CAPS-ACSP Webmaster   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:37 AM by CAPS-ASCP Communications ]

National Postdoc Apprecation Week:  September 19-23, 2011.
As many of you may know, the National Postdoctoral Association in the US organizes a National Postdoc Appreciation Week in September every year, which is scheduled for September 19-23 this year. In conjunction with the NPA, the CAPS is encouraging Postdoc Associations in Canada to also participate in this week by organizing an event at your local institution and advertising it with the NPA and the CAPS.

To help you organize your event, the NPA has developed a Appreciation Week Toolkit, which includes event suggestions as well as advice on advertising (including customizable flyers you can download) and possible avenues for sponsorship for your event.  The Appreciation Week Toolkit is available at

Once you decide on the event you are having during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 19-23, don't forget to register your event with both the NPA (through and the CAPS.

August 2, 2011

posted Aug 2, 2011, 12:58 PM by CAPS-ASCP Communications   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 5:36 AM ]

CAPS-ACSP highly encourages postdocs to attend the following conference:
Canadian Science Policy Conference.  16-18th November, in Ottawa, ON  (
 REGISTER NOW to catch the early bird special!

The Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) is a national forum for science, technology and innovation policy discourse. It provides a unique opportunity to share ideas on how best to create an innovative Canada for all Canadians.

This year's motto is "Building Bridges for the Future of Science Policy."

The themes of CSPC 2011 are:
*Science, Politics and Culture in Canada
*Enabling Private Sector Innovation
*Exploring the True North: Reflections on Northern Science Policy
*Special Focus: International Year of Chemistry
*Major Issues In Canadian Science Policy
*Special Optional Workshops, such as "The Nuts and Bolts of Science Policy"

Register for regular updates and science policy news at the Canadian Science Policy Centre website:

Conférence sur les politiques scientifiques canadiennes (CPSC) Ottawa, du 16 au 18 novembre 2011.
INSCRIVEZ-VOUS MAINTENANT pour profiter du tarif de préinscription!

La Conférence sur les politiques scientifiques canadiennes (CPSC) constitue un forum national sur les politiques en matière de science,  de technologie et d'innovation au Canada.

Ayant pour devise «Tisser les liens pour l'avenir des politiques scientifiques» les thèmes de cette année sont:

*Science, politique et culture au Canada
*Appuyer l'innovation dans le secteur privé
*Explorer le nord géographique : réflexions sur les politiques scientifiques pour le Nord
*Point de mire : Année internationale de la chimie
*Enjeux importants des politiques scientifiques canadiennes
*Ateliers spéciaux facultatifs, p. ex. « The  Nuts and Bolts of Science Policy »

Inscrivez-vous pour les mises à jour régulières et pour recevoir les nouvelles politiques scientifiques sur le site Web du Centre canadien de la politique scientifique:

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