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Calendar and Upcoming Events


Mentoring Event - All Star Mentoring Event

The PDA Mentoring Committee is very excited to invite you to our fourth All-Star Mentoring event. 

We are bringing together 15 of the most successful and influential scientists from both Academia and Industry in the greater Boston area to talk to you! This year's line up of mentors includes: Drs. Feng Zhang (MIT), George Church (HMS), Steve Anderson (Sanofi), Mike Acker (Novartis), and more! (please see attached poster for the complete list of attending mentors.) Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! Registration is open NOW and space is limited!


How will the event work?

We will try to assign each person to one industry and one academic mentor. During two consecutive mentoring circles of ~1-hour each, you and a few other postdocs will sit down with a mentor to discuss anything that is on your mind! 

(Some common questions postdocs tend to ask are: What skills can I develop at this stage in my career that will be the most individually rewarding and at the same time the most beneficial for me in the long run? How do you manage work/life balance? What characteristics or skills set you apart from your peers and enabled you to be so successful so quickly?)


Appetizers and drinks will be served during the two hour session and we will close the evening with a networking reception where you will have the opportunity to interact with other mentors present. Dinner and drinks will be served during this reception event.

We will also announce the winner of the ‘2016 BCH Best Mentor’ award during the event presented by Gus Cervini (Vice President, Research Administration).  

When: Thursday 3rd November, 4:30-7pm. Reception follows at 7-8pm

Where: Longwood Hall, at the Longwood Galleria

Registration: Register HERE

Career Development Event - Core Facility Managers Panel

Ever wondered what it would be like to run a core facility and how you would get there from your postdoc? Please join us for a panel discussion with several of the BCH core facility managers. Come learn what it's like to be a core facility manager, and how you could become one! Pizza will be served - please register below!

When: Wednesday 26th October, 3:30-5pm

Where: CLS 12th Floor Conference Room

Registration: Here

Career Development Event, cosponsored by Mass AWIS - How to Succeed as a Woman in Academia

It is increasingly difficult to obtain a faculty position, and women are still severely under-represented in STEM professorships. Come hear insight and advice from an amazing panel of female professors in Boston who are successfully navigating the world of academics!

Dr. Jamie Maguire, Assistant Professor at Tufts Medical School
Dr. Tiffany Donaldson, Associate Professor at UMass Boston
Dr. Racheal Ferns, Associate Professor at BU School of Medicine
Dr. Lisa Shin, Professor and Department Chair at Tufts University
Dr. Jale Akyurtlu, Professor Emerita at Hampton University
In addition, Dr. Sam Sommers, Associate Professor at Tufts University and expert in gender diversity issues, will give a brief introduction to gender diversity in STEM disciplines and will moderate the discussion.

Schedule of events:

5:00-5:30pm Registration

5:30-7:00pm Panel discussion

7:00-8:00pm Networking and Refreshments

When: Wednesday 9th November, 5-8pm

Where: Boston Children's Hospital Auditorium at 1 Autumn St.

Registration: Here

Event is co-sponsored by MASS Association for Women in Science and is in collaboration with Future of Research

Social Event - Christmas Party - Save the date

Join us for our 2nd annual Christmas Party Friday 9th December, TMEC atrium - more details to follow!


Career Development - R&D Panel

Are you interested in a career in life sciences R&D. The Boston PDA will be holding a panel discussion with top professionals from industry.

Panelists include scientists from small start ups to large pharmaceuticals and across therapeutic areas.  Meet scientists from: Evelo Biosciences, Gingko Bioworks, NIBR, Novartis, InvitroMetrix, Seres Therapeutics, VL37 and Vertex Pharmaceuticals

The event will begin with a focused panel discussion, followed by a networking reception.  Meet panelists, ask detailed questions during the facilitated networking and learn the secrets to success in Industry.

When: Wednesday 19th October, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, 220 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA

Registration: Here

Social Event - Halloween Party

Join the BPDA for the second annual halloween bash! Put on your best costume and have some spooky fun with Postdocs from all over the Boston area. There will be prizes for the best costume and appetizers will be served.

When: Thursday 27th October, 6:30-9pm

Where: The North Star, 222 Friend Street, Boston 02114

Registration: Here

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