The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) formally invites you to attend our Third Annual Postdoctoral Retreat.

When:      May 26 2016

Where:     Turner Concourse meeting space on the East Baltimore campus  

Open to:   All Hopkins postdoctoral fellows across all Hopkins campuses and institutes, Postdoctoral   fellows at UMD Baltimore and NIH Bayview campus.

This year's retreat will focus on strategies for success in postdoc and professional positions.


Abstracts due           Tuesday May 3rd 2016, 5:00 pm EST 
Abstract submission is now closed
 Registration closes    Thursday May 19th 2016
**Abstract submission is not required to participate in the retreat, but registration is mandatory. Posters presented at other scientific meetings will be accepted. 

Register here

Afternoon sessions will be assigned based on seating availability.

Abstracts and awards: Judged on-site, the best scientific presentations will be awarded a travel award (to be used for a future conference)! Award amounts are as follows:

  • 5 oral presentation awards
  • (largest award to highest-judged talk): $500, $250, $250, $150, $150
  • 3 poster presentation awards (top three judging scores): $250, $150, $150

The retreat organizing committee would like to gratefully acknowledge the following Deans for their generous contributions in support of the postdoctoral travel awards: Dr. Martha Zeiger, Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs (SOM); Dr. Janet DiPietro, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty (SPH); Dr. Beverly Wendland , Dean Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Ben Park, Associate Professor, SOM, along with Fisher Scientific, Active Motif and Agilent technologies.

Program Overview

We are excited for the below events (visit the Program page for more details): 
Plenary speakers (more info)
  • Mary Woolley, President of Research! America
  • Brian Malow, Earth’s Premier Science Comedian (self-proclaimed). In his talk on "A Science Comedian's Guide to Communicating Science", he will help scientists communicate better with general audiences & offer advice on a range of topics including stage presence, connecting with audiences, using analogies, and abusing PowerPoint.
Breakout sessions
  • K-grant writing lecture (Click here for slides)
  • A round table discussion exploring diverse career paths for postdoc
  • Science Communication
  • Managing your time as a postdoc (Click here for slides)
Scientific presentations by postdoctoral fellows
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations
View the full schedule here.

To visit the 2015 postdoc retreat website, click here.