Upcoming Events open to Postdocs

Check back regularily for updates 

Repeating Events

Immunology Postdoctoral Seminar Series, bi-weekly Thursdays 4-5pm

Life Sciences Career Development Series

Cafe Scientifique with another link here 

MaRS Entrepreneurship 101 Lecture Series, Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm - registration required

MaRS BioEntrepreneurship Event Series, Wednesdays 7pm - registration required

MaRS Best Practices Series

MaRS Emerging Technology Series

MaRS Drug Development Discussion Group

Other MaRS (Medical and Related Sciences) events

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

If you hear of an interesting upcoming event, please contact  contactutpda@gmail.com. We appreciate you help in keeping this page up to date.


UTPDA - Kick off the Summer Social

Kick off the Summer Social

The University of Toronto Postdoctoral Association’s event will be held on Tuesday June 2nd, starting at 5:30 at Hemmingway’s in Yorkville

Come on out to meet and network with other PDF’s.

All PDF’s and friends/family of PDF’s are WELCOME!


142 Cumberland Street

NE of Avenue Rd and Bloor

Please send questions to: contactutpda@gmail.com

POSTER Summer Social


From PhD to Pharma: Decisions, Challenges and Successes


 Israel Mendez from Eli Lily will talk on his decisions to join Big Pharma (Eli Lily). He will elaborate on his successes he enjoys, challenges he faces, his career options post academic studies and will offer consulation to audience questions.


April 21, 2009
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Hospital for Sick Children 
Elm Wing, Sickkids Room 1248/1250 

QUBIT - Discovery Channel Science Quiz Show - call for contestants - June 4th taping


Not your ordinary quiz show, Qubit challenges convention by including the odd, unique and truly quirky aspects of the world of science. Three contestants are challenged to answer questions that test their knowledge and nerve in an elimination format, with only the strongest contestant left standing to face off against the Qube for a chance at $10,000!

Are you knowledgeable and fun? Smart and energetic? A natural game player who figures out all the angles? 

If you answered, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes, then how would you like to win a whack of cash competing against others on Qubit, airing on Discovery Channel? Come on, you know you want to!

To be a contestant on Qubit you must:
- Agree to the Application Rules and the terms and conditions of the Applicant's Release Form.
- Complete and return the Contestant Application Form.
- Be willing to submit to a written test and a separate videotaped audition in Toronto. (Qubit will not cover travel or accommodation costs.)
- Be available for taping of Qubit in June 2009.

Speaker for April Town Hall Meeting Announced 

We are happy to have Maria Kapakos from the career center as a speaker for our town hall meeting.

ELECTIONS! University of Toronto Postdoctoral Association Town Hall Meeting, Thursday April 16th, 2009 starting at 3pm, Earth Sciences Centre, Room 1050.

The next University of Toronto Postdoctoral Association Town Hall Meeting will take place on Thursday April 16th, 2009 starting at 3pm. It will be held in the Earth Sciences Centre, Room 1050. During this Town Hall Meeting, we will be holding elections for next year’s officers and council representatives. If you wish to take part in next year’s council, or if you wish to nominate another postdoc for a council role or officer position, please indicate so by sending an e‐mail to torontopdaelection@gmail.com on or before March 16th, 2009. More information on the roles and responsibilities can be found in the UTPDA constitution, available on http://torontopostdoc.googlepages.com/ We hope to also have a guest speaker to present on career development for postdoctoral fellows at this meeting. Refreshments (coffee and timbits) will also be available. We hope to see you there! If you have general questions about the postdoctoral association, or if you have specific suggestions for how the PDA can better serve the needs of the general postdoctoral population, please let us know through our website or via torontopda@gmail.com. Together, we can help to improve the postdoctoral experience at U of T.



TBI Pub Night, March 26th 2009 at the Bedford Academy

For those who may be interested, there's a pub night next Thursday open to anyone, run by the biotechnology initiative.  More info at http://www.torontobiotech.org/TBIPubNight2009.
TBIs Pub Night at The Bedford Academy will be a casual opportunity to meet and network with people from all across the biotech industry. TBI continues to strive to promote a strong and integrated biotech community in Ontario. Please drop by anytime after work and join us for drinks (cash bar) and build your own network. We hope to see you all there.

Thursday March 26, 2009, 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Bedford Academy, 36 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1A9


Career Development Speaker Series

The Institute of Medical Science Students' Association and the UHN Centre for Research Education and Training are pleased to offer you the second annual Career Development Speaker Series. During each 1 hour informal round-table session, speakers will highlight how they obtained and succeeded in their current positions. Trainees are encouraged to ask many questions! Lunch will be served at each event. Please see each speakers' biography at the end of this email.Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible with your preferred speaker.  We have listed 4 speakers below, with 1 to follow. (note: you can choose up to 2 speakers to attend).  **Please RSVP your full name, position, and university and/or hospital affiliation to: credit@uhnresearch.ca

Speakers and Dates:
1) Name: Mingyao Liu, MD, MSc.
Area of Expertise: Professor of Surgery, Medicine and Physiology
Director, International Research Relations
Date and Location of session: Tuesday, March 24, 12 noon - 1pm.
Toronto General Hospital, Norman Urquhart 1-130.

2) Name: Stefan Larson, PhD
Area of Expertise: Management Consulting
Date and Location of session: Thursday, April 2, 12 noon - 1pm.
Toronto General Hospital, Norman Urquhart 1-130.

3) Name: Brain Bloom, BSc. (Hons)
Area of Expertise: Investment Banking and Biotechnology
Date and Location of session: Tuesday, April 7, 12 noon - 1pm. Hydro  8-11
700 University Avenue, 8th Floor, Room 8-11 (Ontario Power Generation Building - located on the s/w corner of University Ave & College St).

4) Name: Aaron Leung, R. Ph., B.A. (Hon) Chem., B.Sc. Pharm.
Area of Expertise: Health Canada
Date and Location of session: Thursday, April 16, 12 noon - 1pm.
Toronto General Hospital, Norman Urquhart 1-130.

Proudly sponsored by the Institute of Medical Science Students'  Association, Institute of Medical Science, and Centre for Research Education and Training, University Health Network


February Town Hall Meeting, February 26, 2009 from 3 to 5pm n

Dear Postdoctoral Colleagues,

The University of Toronto Postdoctoral Association would like to
invite you to our February Town Hall meeting that will be held on
February 26, 2009 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Medical Sciences
Building, 1 King's College Circle, Room 2158.  The meeting is an
opportunity to meet and discuss postdoctoral issues.  The topics of
discussion will include:

The Results of the Postdoctoral Survey
Future Plans for the UTPDA
Health Plans and Benefits
An Update on the Training Program
An Update on Postdoctoral Taxes

Please forward questions to:  torontopda@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!
Your UTPDA Council


December Social,Tuesday Dec. 9th2008 at the Foxes Den

The UTPDA invites All Postdoctoral Fellows to it’s December Social
Come out and celebrate the holidays with your fellow PDFs. Also, please help us to spread the word and post our flyer or inform other PDFs of this event. Click here for the flyer Dec Social Flyer.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008, Time: From 5:30 onward
Location: Foxes Den Bar and Grill
1075 Bay Street (between Wellesley and Bloor). Click here for map.

Please RSVP to: contactutpda@gmail.com


Quality Education Conference

WHERE: Victoria College
WHEN: Thursday Nov. 13, 5:00 pm
WHAT: Keynote by Jim Turk, Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers
WHO: a joint event being held by Canadian Association of University Teachers, University of Toronto Faculty Association and CUPE 3902.

Post-doctoral fellows have been invited to attend the Quality of Education Conference - Thursday/Friday Nov 13&14 at Victoria College. If you care about education or a career in academia, this is a must attend!

Keynote: Jim Turk, Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers (Nov 13, 5:00 pm).
Special Guest: Joe Berry, Chair Chicago Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor.

Free Registration! At the reception after Jim Turk?s keynote, an iPod Shuffle will be raffled.

This is joint event held by the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the University of Toronto Faculty Association and CUPE 3902.


Post-Doctoral Seminar Series

Monday, November 10
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
OCI Room 7-605

Lunch/networking: 12 noon - 12:15 p.m.

Welcome, Introduction to Seminar Series & UTPDA (Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai):
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Patricia Reis (Kamel-Reid Lab): 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Molecular Profiling of Surgical Resection Margins and Oral Squamous Cell
Carcinoma: Genetic Pathways of Oral Tumorigenesis.


September Social, Sept. 24th 2008 at the Madison Pub!

The UTPDA invites All Postdoctoral Fellows to it’s
Come out and meet your ’08/’09 UTPDA Council and Network with other PDFs. Click here for SocialFlyer.pdf.

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008,Time: From 5:30 onward
Location: Madison Avenue Pub
14 Madison Ave
(Bloor and Spadina)

Until 8:00 pm, enjoy $0.25 Wings, $5.00 Munchie Menu and Deals on Premium Draft and Martini’s!

Please RSVP to: contactutpda@gmail.com

also see the Science to Business program anouncement

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