A woman explains her research to a guest during the poster competition portion of the 2018 PDFA/GSA Research Day

2018 PDFA/GSA Research Day

Scores of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the University of Alberta demonstrated the value of their research during the 2018 PDFA/GSA Research Day at Bernard Snell Hall on October 24, 2018.

The University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows Association (PDFA) is aimed at serving the needs of postdoctoral fellows from all faculties.

The PDFA is designed to provide information, resources, support, professional and career development opportunities. We also host various social events for PDFs on campus.

PDFA members are postdoc fellows from all university faculties. Our activities are overseen by the PDFA executive committee, elected annually by PDFA members.

The PDFA offers several events that are highly relevant to PDF campus life each year, including career seminars, coffee and cookies networking activities, annual Research Day, and annual travel award for PDFA members. The topics of our networking sessions are to be decided in discussions with the members of the PDFA community to determine their needs and critical issues. The PDFA Executive Committee will then decide, organize, and execute the chosen activities. Keep an eye on our News and Events or PDFA on Facebook for updates!

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2019-2020 PDFA Elections: Candidates Sought

Nominations are now open for the 2019-2020 PDFA executive. Send nominations to angelia@ualberta.ca. In the title line of the email include the name of the nominee and the position for which they are being nominated for. In the body of the email please include the nominee’s contact information. If you are nominating yourself, follow the same procedure, however, in the body of the email include your department, a brief (max. 150 word) statement about yourself indicating your interest in sitting on the PDFA, and a photo for us to distribute to the general membership. If nominating yourself, you need to have another post-doc send an email to second your nomination. Nominations close on August 26, 2019.

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Research Day

Research Day will be October 24, 2019 at the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA). The day-long event will feature postdoctoral fellows presenting their research during three-minute presentations and poster presentations. Prizes will be awarded to the best presenters in each category. These activities will be complimented by guest speakers, who will share their professional and career insights. The PDFA’s annual Research Day highlights the important contribution that postdoctoral fellows make to the University of Alberta.


  • 2018 Research Day

    The PDFA is co-hosting this year's Research Day with the GSA. Go to this link for more details.

  • 2018 Spring Travel Award Winners

    The PDFA handed out its 2018 Spring Travel Awards to five individuals. The winners are: Trevor Barss, Tetsuto Miyashita, Kacey Neely, William Pratt, and Angelia Wagner

  • 2018 Summer BBQ

    The PDFA held its annual summer barbecue at Emily Murphy Park on August 25, 2018. Go to here for more details.