2023 PDF Appreciation Week

The 2023 PDF Appreciation Week is right around the corner! Below is the lineup of events scheduled for the week of September 25-29. We encourage you to sign up for these events and be part of the exclusive celebrations tailored specifically for postdoctoral fellows.

PDF onboarding event

Monday, September 25  | 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-190 & 2-150 (map)

The PDFA and the Faculty of Graduate Studies are collaborating to host this event. We cordially invite you to participate in the onboarding event. During this session, you'll have the chance to familiarize yourself with the current ongoings within your PDF community. You'll gain insights into upcoming professional development opportunities, access to library resources, information about the PDFA, details about your health benefits, and much more. Refreshments will be provided.

The presentations will take place in ECHA 2-190 and tables for service providers will be in ECHA 2-150.


Tuesday, September 26 | 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Emily Murphy Park (map)

As summer draws to a close, the PDF Appreciation Week aligns beautifully with the impending sight of yellowing leaves. This is an ideal moment to gather and relish the outdoor weather. We extend a warm invitation for you to be a part of an exclusive BBQ event tailored solely for PDFs.

Registration to attend the BBQ is now closed. Thank you to all those who RSVP'd. We look forward to seeing you there!

"Please Pass Me The Joy!!!" - A talk by Dr. Olive Yonge

Wednesday, September 27 | 3:00 - 4:20 pm
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-190 (map)

In this semi post-pandemic era everything is still a little shaky in the world. This insecurity coupled with other traumatic events like forest fires and war directly affects our emotions let alone the daily stressors of work. Seeking joy is a significant strategy to uplift and regulate emotions. The presentation will include the meaning, characteristics and research on joy. Attendees will leave with strategies to enhance their joy and the joy of others.

Dr. Olive Yonge is a registered psychologist and Eriksonian trained coach and until recently a registered nurse. She recently retired from full-time employment at the University of Alberta works part-time with the pre-tenured faculty members to get them ready for tenure. She is also a part-time visiting scholar in the Department of Pediatrics and is working with them to enhance joy in their lives; it has been a challenge for healthcare staff to retain joy in their lives. She was awarded a Distinguished Professorship from the University of Alberta in 2016. 

No registration is required to attend this event.

PDFA Research Day

Thursday, September 28 | 1:00 pm

The 2023 PDFA Research Day will be held virtually on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 1:00 pm MST. This event will highlight the important contributions postdoctoral fellows make to the University of Alberta.

The Research Day will feature 5 minute speed talks from you (UofA PDFs). There will be awards for the best speed talks!

Please register to join us for a fun and interesting day! Those who register will be sent login information prior to the event.


PDF Dinner

Friday, September 29 | 6:00 pm - Midnight
The Bell In Scona - 10416 80 Avenue (map)

After an active participation in several events, it's now time to conclude the week-long PDF Appreciation Week festivities. Let's come together one last time and mark the grand finale with a delectable dinner. Join your colleagues in this culinary celebration to show mutual appreciation and camaraderie. This event aims to bring us all together for a memorable and enjoyable gathering.

Registration to attend the dinner is now closed. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!