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What kinds of events does the PDA host?

Career Development Events

The PDA hosts various events and workshops throughout the year related to career development, including panels on applying, interviewing, and negotiating for academic and industry jobs; and workshops on scientific proposal writing. Check the events calendar and keep an eye out for emails containing information on upcoming workshops.

Postdoctoral Breakfast

Every winter, the Academic Programs Office (APO) organizes a breakfast reception that convenes postdoctoral researchers, their institutional sponsors, and representatives from the Directorate, Academic Programs, and other WHOI offices to discuss issues of potential importance to postdocs. A ‘State of the Institution’ address is usually given by the President or Director of Research at WHOI.

Coffee Hour

Each month a different department or facility of WHOI hosts a casual 'Coffee Hour' to give postdocs an overview of the ongoing activities at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Beside these more official events, casual get-togethers are organized on a frequent basis. Note that coffee hours have been on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join the informal Listserv for the WHOI postdoctoral community to be notified about these events.

Postdoctoral Picnic

Every summer, the WHOI-PDA and WHOI Academic Programs Office (APO) invite all of the postdocs (from WHOI, MBL, WHRC, USGS and NMFS) with their advisors/supervisors and families to a summer social.  We provide all of the food and games, you just need to bring yourself and your family or a friend if you would like.

Postdoctoral Symposium

Every fall, the WHOI-PDA and Academic Programs Office (APO) host a one-day symposium for the postdoctoral community at WHOI.  The goal of this seminar is to present to your fellow postdocs the project you are working on during your time at WHOI and hear about and discuss the work of other postdocs.

Even if you have just arrived at WHOI we encourage you to consider presenting the work you are planning to do (as a shorter presentation), or simply attend the seminar if you do not wish to present. Various collaborations have been established following earlier symposia.

Please note that this seminar is not intended as a venue for the presentation of detailed results; rather, it is intended as a forum for postdocs to discuss their work as it relates to broader topics in oceanography. To maintain a more informal atmosphere, scientific and technical staff are not invited - this is a postdoc-only symposium, although External Relations (Development) and Communications (Media Relations) staff from WHOI are occasionally present.