Event Details

When: March 28, 2019
Where: The Presentation Studio (ASB 10900), SFU Burnaby Campus

Postdoc Research Day 2019

About the conference

“Differences challenge assumptions.” ~ Anne Wilson Schaef

Welcome to 5th Annual Postdoc Research Day! One of the most popular and awaited research seminars at SFU, organized by the SFU Postdoctoral Association. The research day offers postdoctoral-association many different opportunities to showcase their work, promote collaborations, and foster a sense of community. This year, we will celebrate the diversity at SFU: diversity of discipline, diversity among SFU’s research community, and the beloved or feared diversity in data.

Thanks to you and the popularity of the event, we are proud to announce that this year we will beat all the records in terms of research awards and prizes, available to all presenters.

The day will include Spotlight talks, 3 minutes speeches, and posters & exhibits. We are also proud to feature a keynote address by Dr Isabelle Côté, Professor of Marine Ecology in SFU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Watch the talks, explore the exhibits, be part of the community. Come and learn about how SFU Postdocs are changing the world!

All postdoctoral-association, research associates, graduate students, faculty and interested members of the community are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

Three presentation formats are available:

  • Spotlight (10 minute talk)
  • Lightning (3 minute pitch)
  • Exploration (exhibit, display, or poster)

The goal of these sessions is for you to emphasize the impact of your work in your field and in the wider community. Whether you present a talk, poster or exhibit, the key is to describe what you do and its importance in a manner accessible to a diverse audience.

The contributions to each session will be judged by a panel, and the best ones will receive awards.


Each speaker will have 8 minutes to share a story about the purpose and impact of their research, followed by a 2 minute question period.


Each speaker will have 3 minutes to present their work. This session is inspired by the “Three Minute Thesis” contest. No slides. One prop may be used.


The contribution can be a poster, exhibit, display, or other medium of communication suited to a setup in which people walk around and interact. Presenters explain the purpose and impact of their project in lay language.


When preparing your abstract, please mind the following instructions:

  • Submissions should occur via the online submission portal
  • Describe your project in lay language. It should be understandable to individuals from any discipline
  • Focus on the overall aim of your project. What impact will it have to science, society, policy, and so on
  • Maximum length (excl. title, authors and references): 250 words

Congratulations to the Award Winners

Thank you to all the participants of the 5th Annual Postdoc Research Day, who made this event a great success and congratulations to the postdoctoral-association who were awarded for best presentations in each category

Spotlight Session

1st Prize
Heather More (Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology) "Effects of body size on neuromuscular delays and movement control in animals"

2nd Prize
Roger Ashmus (Chemistry) "Development of Biochemical Tools to Advance Therapeutic Strategies for Lysosomal Storage Diseases"

3rd Prize
Viridiana Perez (Chemistry) "My Boron Adventures and Clean Energy"

4th Prize
Victor Cheung (School of Interactive Arts & Technology)"Can My Computer Look Like This? Sci-Fi Inspired Real-World Computer Interfaces"

Lightening Session

1st Prize
Jessica Stockdale (Mathematics) "Approximation Methods for Stochastic Epidemic Modelling"

2nd Prize
Lizzie Dingle (Geography) "Beyond inundation: linking sediment dynamics to channel change and flood risk"

Exploration Session

1st Prize
Viridiana Perez (Chemistry) "The World of Nanomaterials and Clean Energy"

2nd Prize
Erin Goheen Glanville (School of Communication) "Listening and Refugee Dialogue"

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