Category Archives: Postdocs

Final Postdoc Coffee of the Spring Trimester

The culturally responsive mentoring programme would like to thank UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences for hosting today’s rotating coffee morning for postdocs in the College of Science. Over the course of the 2 hours, around 25 postdocs dropped by to enjoy some light refreshments while networking with each other across the 7 schools in the college. This was the third and final coffee morning of the Spring Trimester, and it proved to be another great opportunity for making new connections and taking a well earned break.

We would also like to thank all of the postdocs who have attended these events, for showing up and helping to build a strong community of postdocs in the college. It is hoped that there will be more coffee mornings over the summer and into the next academic year, so keep an eye out on further announcements via your UCD email account – or subscribe to our events calendar to make sure you don’t miss out!

Postdoc Coffee for May

Are you a postdoc in the College of Science looking for to network and connect with other postdocs? Our next coffee morning for postdocs in the college will be taking place next week, so if you could do with some socializing with you peers over coffee then make sure to put this in your calendar!

The School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science are excited to host the May coffee morning, and will be looking forward to welcoming you to the Conway Institute from 10am until 12pm on Thursday 9 May. This is a great opportunity to meet postdocs from other schools, to chat about shared interests and potential collaborations.

No registration necessary! Just pop-by (with your keep-cup if you have one!) and enjoy this moment of the relief with colleagues as the end of the trimester draws closer!

January Postdoc Coffee

Yesterday around 15 postdocs from across UCD College of Science made time in their morning to connect together over coffee and pastries for the first College of Science Postdoc Coffee morning of 2024. The School of Biology and Environmental Science kindly hosted the event, with refreshments provided by the Culturally Responsive Mentoring team.

It was a lovely opportunity for postdocs to reconnect with each other after the Christmas and New Year break, and the busy start to the spring trimester.

The next postdoc coffee morning will be hosted by the School of Chemistry in March, so stay tuned for details to be confirmed soon.

Successful launch of new College of Science Postdoc Coffees

Following the success of the Culturally Responsive Mentoring Postdoctoral Coffee Meetups that took place for postdocs in the College of Science over the summer, the CoS EDI Committee and the Culturally Responsive Mentoring team are keeping the momentum alive with a new rotating coffee morning for postdocs in the College. Every two months during the academic term, a different school in the college will play host to postdocs from across the college for informal mentoring and light refreshments.

The School of Computer Science were the first to host the rotating, networking coffees. The first event took place on Monday, 4th December at 10:30 am in the school of computer science, with tea, coffee, and refreshments. As it is the festive period in the lead-up to Christmas, there were plenty of delicious mince pies and chocolate treats for everyone to enjoy, while a playlist of everyone’s favourite Christmas tunes played in the background. The morning provided a fantastic chance for postdocs to connect with new and old friends, to maintain connections made over the summer and to get to know others throughout the college that they had not previously collaborated with.

In the new year, other schools will take their turn to host the event, so keep an eye on the College of Science EDI website for more details on the next coffee in January!


Feedback from Postdocs

Over the summer we ran a series of coffee mornings for postdocs within the college to come together and connect with each other over tea, coffee, and snacks. The events had a wonderful turnout every time, and those in attendance seemed to really enjoy getting the chance to network and socialise with fellow postdocs. Now that the initial trial is over, we are looking for feedback from postdocs within the college on how they found the initiative.

Whether you attended one, more than one, or none of the coffee mornings, we would love to hear what your thoughts are on coffee mornings for postdocs and if you have any suggestions for future events going forward.

Your feedback will help share the future of the culturally responsive mentoring programme for postdocs in the college, so we would appreciate it if you could take a couple of minutes of your time to let us know your feedback.

Click here to complete our feedback formĀ 




Pint of Postdoc Event

We are supporting the upcoming ‘Pint of Postdoc’ event being organised by The CHAS Postdoc Forum. Postdocs from CHAS and the College of Science are coming together to organise a “Pint of Science” type event that has imaginatively been named “Pint of Postdoc”. This informal event will bring together postdocs, research scientists and research fellows in our colleges to give informal talks on science (any aspect of science you want!), share a drink (one will be free!), eat some food (free as well!) and have some lovely chats with friends and new acquaintances.

Please find the important information below:

When is it? Thursday 14th of September, 4 pm.
Where is it? Clubhouse Bar, O’Neill Lounge (student union)
What will it involve? Talks will begin at around 4 pm, food will begin around 6 pm and you can have refreshments all the time!
Do I need to present? No, but you’ll miss out on winning amazing prizes and a certificate acknowledging your participation.
I want to present, what should I do? Choose a topic you are passionate about, think of a way to present it (a PowerPoint, interpretive dance, a song …), create a 5 minute presentation, and you’re ready to go. Please also complete this short form:
Who wins the prizes? The audience will vote for their favourite talks by ballot.
How much does it cost? It’s free!
How do I attend? Please complete this short form:

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and feel free to email with any questions.

College of Science Postdoc Coffee Mornings

The College of Science is holding a work/social space for postdoctoral researchers every second Tuesday over the summer at The Breakout Space on The Ground Floor in The Science Hub North. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be provided.

This space is meant to connect postdocs across the College of Science, provide a dedicated space for postdocs to meet each other, network and relate over the unique challenges and aspects of the role, and support each other in career development. This initiative is part of UCD’s Culturally Responsive Mentoring Scheme, working to foster a more inclusive and supportive culture within the College.

Meet-up times and dates are as follows: 20th June, 4th, 18th July and 1st, 15th, and 29th August from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.