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BSPPA Events

BSPPA organizes social and informational gatherings throughout the year. These range from informal meet-ups at local parks to invited speakers on campus to day-long excursions.  

Our regular BSPPA Networking meeting is typically the second Thursday of every month from 11:30 am to 1 pm (location and topic varies, so please check the calendar for details).

There is also a weekly toddler-meetup at Live Oak Park at 4 pm on Tuesdays, please contact Christine at (510) 424-1523 or Petr at (510) 361-6640 or just show up.

Our monthly Board Meeting is the first Thursday of the month at 4 pm in 547 Life Sciences Addition. We are always welcoming new members, so please stop by if you want to contribute to the BSPPA community.

Upcoming events: 


BSPPA Networking Meeting,  Thursday October 12th, 11:30 to 1, Tilden Room on the 5th floor of the MLK Jr. Student Union

Steve Johnson from Garnett & Powers will be presenting. Steve will help us navigate the UC Berkeley health care system. We will go through a few real life situations when you need health care. Steve is going to talk about emergency situations, your primary care physician, urgent care procedures for after hours, referrals, and reimbursements. Do not forget to sign up for this event through the Eventbrite Link coming soon.


BSPPA Networking Meeting,  Thursday November 9th, 11:30 to 1, Tilden Room on the 5th floor of the MLK Jr. Student Union

Marion Song will discuss career advice for the international community. Stay tuned for more details.


BSPPA Excursion to Discovery Day at AT&T Park, Saturday November 11th, 10 am to 4 pm

Join your colleagues and their families for an exciting day of science themed activities. Please stay tuned for more details. Official information can be found here.


BSPPA Networking Meeting,  Thursday December 14th, 11:30 to 1, Tilden Room on the 5th floor of the MLK Jr. Student Union

Community Holiday Party! We would like to celebrate the different traditions of our diverse community and need your input! We envision each person or group to either set up a table or give a short (5 minute) presentation. Please contact us if you would like to get involved. 


Past events:

BSPPA Mini Excursion to the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive , Sunday September 17th,

Five families meet up for a day at BAMPFA. As you can tell, they had a lot of fun.

BSPPA Networking Meeting,  Thursday September 14th

Our guest speaker was Dr. Traci Grzymala from the berkeley-based Community Resources for Science (CRS). She discussed local family-friendly science and engineering events and explored ways to become involved with local elementary science teaching. Please see these handouts on local science events and organizations.

BSPPA Networking Meeting,  Thursday August 17th

Our guest speaker was Dinorah Meyer from the UC Berkeley Career Center.  Dinorah provided guidance for exploring career options via informational interviewing and for networking in a job search.  She also facilitated an activity that gave participants an opportunity to practice with each other and gain confidence using these skills. Please click here, here, and here for the handouts.

Family Excursion to the Lawrence Hall of Science, July 22, 2017

Sixty postdocs, visiting scholars, and their families spent a day at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Everybody had a great time and many new friends were made! We look forward to planning more events like this in the future.

BSPPA Networking Meeting, Thursday, July 20, 2017

We discussed the role of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work and Family (CACWF) as an advocate for postdocs with dependents and solicited input on shaping the priorities of the CACWF moving forward (presentation).

BSPPA Networking Meeting, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Guest speakers Abby Kroken and Anke Schennink from the Postdoc Union led an information session on insurance (see handout here).

BSPPA Networking Meeting, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Guest speakers Veronica Ufoegbune, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Education Program at UCB (ECEP); Megan Burmeister, ECEP Admin Assistant; and Marina Moreida, ECEP Subsidized Enrollment discussed on- and off-campus resources for childcare. (see handout here).

Spring Potluck Picnic, Saturday April 29, 2017 at Live Oak Park.
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Postdoc Association

BSPPA Networking Meeting, Thursday, April 13, 2017
The BSPPA board led a discussion on inexpensive local activities for children (see the Leisure Activities section on the Resources page)

BSPPA Networking Meeting,  Thursday, March 7, 2017
BSPPA Launch!

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