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BSPPA Events

BSPPA organizes social and informational gatherings throughout the year. These range from informal meet-ups at local parks to invited speakers on campus to day-long excursions.  Our regular BSPPA meeting is typically the second Thursday of every month from 11:30 am to 1 pm (location and topic varies, so please check the calendar for details). There is also a weekly toddler-meetup at Live Oak Park at 4 pm on Tuesdays, please contact Christine at (510) 424-1523 or just show up. If you have ideas for any events not listed here, please contact us.

Upcoming events: 


BSPPA Networking Meeting,  Thursday August 17th, 11:30 to 1, Tilden Room on the 5th floor of the MLK Jr. Student Union

Our guest speaker will be Dinorah Meyer from the UC Berkeley Career Center.  Dinorah will provide guidance for exploring career options via informational interviewing and for networking in a job search.  She will facilitate an activity to give participants an opportunity to practice with each other and gain confidence using these skills. Please use this link to register.


Berkeley Postdoc Association Summerfest, Wednesday September 6th, 5 to 8 pm., UC Botanical Gardens

An evening with colleagues at the beautiful UC Botanical Gardens. Families welcome! Please use this link to register.


BSPPA Networking Meeting,  Thursday September 14th, 11:30 to 1, Tilden Room on the 5th floor of the MLK Jr. Student Union

Dr. Traci Grzymala from the Berkeley-based Community Resources for Science (CRS) will be presenting. Community Resources for Science (CRS) is a Bay Area science education and outreach non-profit, whose primary focus is to strengthen science teaching and learning in local elementary schools. We will discuss the numerous family-friendly science and engineering events that are locally available to you. We will also explore ways that you can become involved with local elementary science teaching in your own neighborhood! Stay tuned for the Eventbrite Link.


Postdoc Appreciation Day Reception, Thursday September 21st, 4 to 6 pm, Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way

Stay tuned for details and the Eventbrite link.


Course announcement: Designing your life and work in the United States, Every Thursday September 7th to October 26th from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

An eight-week course offered by the BSPPA. This course will be a fun and engaging way for spouses and partners to learn information and tools to build a successful life in the United States. Participants will learn to understand American values, build skills and confidence to respond to culture shock and develop stronger coping strategies for the stresses of being here. They will also receive tips on best networking practices, learn about volunteering opportunities and rebuild their sense of identity in this new land. This is a unique opportunity to come together with other people going through a similar experience, learn from and share with each other, and take active steps toward creating a more fulfilling life here. Please see this flyer (note the dates are from last spring) or contact for more information.


Past events:

Family Excursion to the Lawrence Hall of Science, July 22, 2017

Pictures coming soon!

BSPPA Meeting, Thursday, July 20, 2017

We discussed the role of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work and Family as an advocate for postdocs with dependents and solicited input on shaping the priorities of the CACWF moving forward (presentation).

BSPPA Meeting, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Guest speakers Abby Kroken and Anke Schennink from the Postdoc Union led an information session on insurance (see handout here).

BSPPA Meeting, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Guest speakers Veronica Ufoegbune, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Education Program at UCB (ECEP); Megan Burmeister, ECEP Admin Assistant; and Marina Moreida, ECEP Subsidized Enrollment discussed on- and off-campus resources for childcare. (see handout here).

Spring Potluck Picnic, Saturday April 29, 2017 at Live Oak Park.
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Postdoc Association

BSPPA Meeting, Thursday, April 13, 2017
The BSPPA board led a discussion on inexpensive local activities for children (see the Leisure Activities section on the Resources page)

BSPPA Meeting,  Thursday, March 7, 2017
BSPPA Launch!

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