A group of twelve brave Lab Postdocs went for the interesting sport of cleaning the ice for incoming stones: curling! This Olympic sport is the fastest growing sport in the world and the virus has now infected us postdocs as well! After a safety instruction and an explanation of the …

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (BLPA)

We are federating over 1000 postdoctoral researches affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Our goal is to facilitate social interactions, scientific exchanges, seminars and general orientation.

Here is a list of things you might be interested in:

We’re happy to organize new events at the lab; if you’re interested in participating, please contact us.


If you are from UC Berkeley, you might want to say hi to our friends at Berkeley Postdoc Association (BPA) and the Visiting Scholars and Postdocs Association (VSPA). They have some good resources!

Summer hikes

The Bay Area is full of wonderful places to go hiking, and every months Berkeley Lab postdocs get together for a hike, to get to know their fellow and share their science, but also get inspired by the breathtaking views! All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. – Friedrich …

Game of Divisions

For the National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we are organizing the Game of divisions, where each division is represented by a postdoc, who will represent his house for the control of the Iron Stool. The talks will be 3min long, and the jury will be led by lab director Mike Witherell, …

Quantum computing with Rigetti

The main auditorium of Berkeley Lab was almost full to hear about Quantum Computing from Shane Caldwell, Quantum Engineer at Rigetti, a Berkeley-based Quantum Computing start-up. The company has attracted a lot of interest recently (The Quantum Computer Factory That’s Taking on Google and IBM – Wired) with its quantum …