COLife & i3S Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021

20 set 2021

The Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) is an annual worldwide event that takes place during the third week of September and aims to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions of postdoctoral researchers. The celebration of this week started in 2009 by the US National Postdoc Association (NPA). Currently, many institutions worldwide celebrate this week by organizing events to reinforce the importance of postdoctoral researchers.

This year i3S and COLife are joining forces to mark this week also in the Portuguese calendar.


Join us to celebrate together the Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021!



Monday, September 20, 15:30-17:00

Panel Discussion about the Postdoc role and its importance

The panel discussion will count with the participation of scientific directors, principal investigators and postdoctoral researchers, who will share their perspectives on the importance of postdocs role for the organization, the research group and the individual professional and personal development.

The Panel Discussion will be moderated by Mariana Silva (COLife coordinator) and Paula Perez (Coordinator of i3S Career Development Unit).

And will count with the participation of:

Claudio Sunkel – i3S Director      

Caren Norden – IGC Deputy Director for Science (COLife)

Anna Olsson – Group Leader at i3S Laboratory Animal Science

Edgar Gomes – Group Leader at iMM Cell Architecture Laboratory (COLife)

Christiane Salgado – Assistant Researcher at i3S Biocomposites Group

Eric DeWitt – Research Associate at Champalimaud Research, Systems Neuroscience laboratory (COLife)


Open to i3S and COLife postdocs. Registration is free but mandatory on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Wednesday, September 22; 15:30-17:00

Where did your Postdoc take you?

During this online event Alumni from i3S and COLife institutions will share their professional path and experience. They will tell us about their career move from the postdoc at i3S or at a COLife institute to their current position.

Confirmed speakers:

Joana Moscoso – i3S alumni – Current position: Science & Social Businesses Innovator.


José Luis Costa i3S alumni – Current position: Director Medical Affairs EMEA Thermo Fisher Scientific Portugal

Hugo Vicente Miranda – iMM (COLife) alumni – Current position: Group Leader at CEDOC

Afonso Duarte – ITQB (COLife) alumni – Current position: National Contact Point and Delegate for the EU Framework Programme (Horizon Europe)- Health sector 

Susana Pascoal – IGC & iMM alumni (COLife) – Current position: Chief Scientific Officer at Ikan Biotech

Open to i3S and COLife postdocs. Registration is free but mandatory on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register here:



Thursday, September 23; 15:30-17:00

Get the most of your Postdoc and plan for success beyond it!

You are doing your postdoc and you are focus in your research project but…

Have you already asked yourself what do you expect from it?

Are you taking time to think on your professional development?

Do you know your career options?

Did you plan your next career steps?

In this session you will get some hints to help you set your goals to maximize your Postdoc success and plan for your future.   

Speaker: Paula López Pérez.  i3s Career Development Unit

Open to i3S and COLife postdocs. Registration is free but mandatory on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register here:


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