Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

News and Upcoming Events

Dinner and Pub Night

Friday, August 6th, 6:30 PM, Dinner & Pub Night

Join us for a drink or dinner at Raleigh’s Pub patio (2438 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley) for our monthly Pub Night starting at 6:30 PM and enjoy the discussions with your fellow postdocs and friends!

This event is open to postdocs, graduate students, young scientists and their partners and friends (older than 21). We hope to see you all there!

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Movie Night

Friday, July 30th, 7:30 PM – Movie Night

Movie night is back this month! Please sign up on this spreadsheet

And the winner for Friday’s movie night is….. (drum roll)…. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

No pressure, but if you’d like to participate, we’d love for you to join! Go ahead and sign up using the link above 🙂

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Game Night

Friday, August 11th, 7:30 PM, Game Night

Game Night is back with two fun games this month! Please sign up in this spreadsheet to join our monthly online game night to play Jackbox Games or Codenames with LBL postdocs and friends.

Feel free to invite your friends and family. All the games are simple to play, no prior experience required. If you have an idea for a simple-to-play-via-Zoom game and would like to host an extra room, feel free to contact us at Volunteers who host game rooms will receive BLPA swags.

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Slack Fun Space

We have launched a new Slack “fun space” for all LBNL and affiliated postdocs.
We have dedicated spaces to chat about housing, healthcare, taxes, COVID-19 and vaccination, hobbies, food, movies and tv, childcare, sell or buy stuff and even to post photos of your pets! Sign up here and join the conversation.

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Due to the COVID-19 precautions, we have to cancel all planned in-person BLPA events. Join the online activities we’ve prepared for our community. We are happy to organize outdoor events again after a very long year and a half! You can sign up our Slack Fun Space to learn more about vaccine eligibility and availability. Happy Vaccination!

Past events

Hiking: Mission Peak Trail
On July 17th, 18 brave postdocs decided to face the Mission Peak trail. Considered a somewhat difficult hike with an elevation gain of almost 2520...
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Hiking: Hidden Stairs of Berkeley
On Saturday, July 10th, 21 postdocs ventured on the hidden paths around Berkeley. Although considered a strenuous hike, with stairs going up and down the...
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BLPA’s 5th Anniversary BBQ
BLPA is 5 years old! We celebrated BLPA’s first lustrum with a family friendly gathering and BBQ at Live Oak Park in Berkeley. Thanks for...
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Meeting with Horst Simon
On Monday June 21st, BLPA Board Members had our annual meeting with Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon. We discussed our association's mission, and future...
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Hiking: Tomales Point Trail
On Saturday June 19, thirty-three postdocs and friends from BLPA and BPA went to Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes for the Return of the...
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Hiking: Fire Trail in Berkeley
After fourteenth months long break, over thirty postdocs gathered in Berkeley for the Return of the Hikes Vol.1 at Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail as our...
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Cultural Lunch – Insider’s Guide to Turkey
On Friday, May 28, we travelled to Turkey during our Cultural Lunch brown bag series with BLPA Co-chair Gözde Barım from the Energy Storage & Distributed...
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Tech Talk – Tesla
Friday, May 14th, 12:00 PM,  Virtual Tech Talk with Tesla’s Dr. Jessie Ku (Product Manager) spoke about her experience at Tesla and Boston Consulting Group and career opportunities in...
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BLPA Board

BLPA is made up of volunteers – and we are always looking to grow! Are you interested? Do you want to know about the inner workings of BLPA and contribute to the postdoc community, building a larger network? Please contact us (postdoc (at) or sign up to check out one of our many committees!


Lisa Claus

Computational Research Division

Louise Frenck, Committee Leader
Social & Outdoor

Materials Science Division

Pramod Bhuvankar, Committee Leader
Communication & Outreach

Energy Geosciences Division

Maximilian Bremer, Committee Leader
Lab-Industry Networking Connection (LINC)

Computational Research Division

Elle Barnes

Joint Genome Institute

Jonelle Basso

Joint Genome Institute