Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association

News and Upcoming Events

Game Night

Wednesday, October 27th, 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 Gartic Phone 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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Bay Area Research SLAM

Thursday, October 28th, 3:00 PM

The Bay Area Research SLAM is a collaboration between the Bay Area’s National Labs (Berkeley Lab, Livermore Lab, Sandia Lab, and SLAC Lab). The SLAM is a competition where contestants are challenged to present a compelling three minute presentation of their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 

Please join us and show support for our own Lydia Rachbauer, Ryan Kingsbury and Rajiv Prabhakar.

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Movie Night Halloween Edition

Friday, October 22nd, 7:30 PM, Movie Night Halloween Edition

Movie night is back, but this time we are making it spooky! Get your popcorn, candy, and favorite drink, and join the Halloween edition of our monthly movie night with Teleparty (Netflix Party). We will get together to watch “The Ritual” tonight at 7:30 PM. The link to the party will be sent to you at ~7 PM. All you need to do is sign up here.

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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 had 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

Cultural Lunch – Straight outta Chennai to “fine” Singapore!
On Friday, August 27th, we travelled to India and Singapore during our Cultural Lunch brown bag series with BLPA Board Member Rajiv Ramanujam Prabhakar from...
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Canoeing at Russian River
Row row row your canoe, gently down the stream :) On Saturday, August 21st, 20 postdocs enjoyed a nice canoe ride on the Russian River....
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Hiking: Grizzly Peak Boulevard
On Saturday, August 14th, 26 postdocs enjoyed a wonderful hike up to Grizzly Peak Boulevard. They follow the Berkeley Fire Trail, and enjoyed a picnic-style...
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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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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

Elle Barnes, Committee Leader
Social & Outdoor

Joint Genome Institute

Pramod Bhuvankar, Committee Leader
Communication & Outreach

Energy Geosciences Division

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

Computational Research Division

Jonelle Basso

Joint Genome Institute

Alice Gatti

Computational Research Division

Louise Frenck
Board Member

Materials Sciences Division

Moniruzzaman Shaikh
Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division

Rajiv Ramanujam Prabhakar
Board Member

Chemical Sciences Division

David Halat
Board Member

Materials Sciences Division

Doru Thom Popovici

Computational Research Division