CEAS postdocs celebrated during appreciation week
The week of 16 September 2019 was Postdoc Appreciation Week, during which staff throughout the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS) joined others across the University in praising its postdoctoral researchers.
An anonymous post-it board featured kind messages such as 'Postdocs - Always around to help and always know how to work or fix instruments', and 'Being visible, approachable, and always smiling'. Badges were also created, enabling staff to recognise postdocs around the Department.
A University-wide event in University Place kicked things off, with professors, postdocs and lecturers delivering talks about their experiences of postdoctoral life. There was also a series of events around the University to encourage networking and the sharing of ideas.
CEAS held a Department-wide coffee morning on Friday, 20 September, during which postdocs were encouraged to take time out of their busy days to enjoy homemade cakes and refreshments. They also had the chance to talk about things outside of work, meet staff they may not have met before, and take a little break heading into the weekend.
Organisers handed goodie bags to all postdocs, full of stationary and sweets. The event also provided a chance for researchers, PhD students and their supervisors to talk, with one PhD student taking the opportunity to present their postdoc with a bouquet of flowers!
A Faculty-wide networking event took place in Alan Turing Building on the Friday afternoon, allowing postdocs to share experiences from across the two schools and meet other researchers with similar interests - presenting an opportunity for cross-department collaboration.
CEAS is very happy to have shown support to its postdocs, and would like to thank those involved for organising the events, not just in the Department but University-wide. It's given all staff and students an opportunity to say how much they appreciate the hard work put in by our postdocs year-round.