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Bear Slam 2018 – Science. Understandable. Entertaining.

Have you ever wanted to present your research in an understandable, entertaining and yet scientific way? Here is your opportunity: Bear Slam 2018!

Why participate? Because you will gain a lot!

  • Visibility on and beyond campus.
  • A professional YouTube recording of your performance – a significant differentiator for any CV.
  • An interactive workshop on science communication and a one-on-one session with Martin R. Lichtenthaler – scientist, communicator and distinguished slammer.
  • Oh, and some money. At least if you are among the top three slammers:
    $1,000.00 (1st place) | $500.00 (2nd place) | $300.00 (3rd place)

The Bear Slam is committed to being a highly interdisciplinary, diverse and inclusive event and is open to all disciplines.

More information and the online application form can be found here:

The Bear Slam is brought to you by the Berkeley Postdoc Association (BPA) and Awesome Time in Science (ATIS). Programs generously sponsored by the Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Affairs (VSPA) Program.

Save the date(s)!

  • Application Deadline: Sunday, August 12th, 2018
  • Workshop: Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
  • Bear slam: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, I-House Chevron Auditorium)


Berkeley Postdoctoral Association Professional Development Award
The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) is happy to announce the next round of the BPA Professional Development Award program! Successful applicants will be given a one-time award of up to $500 to cover costs associated with presenting at a scientific or professional meeting, including airfare, registration, and/or accommodation. Please see detailed application instructions at for further information. In the year since this program was created, it has already enabled dozens of postdocs to attend scientific meetings, and we are grateful for an unprecedented level of funding to support the continued existence of this program.
There is no specific deadline for the application. Instead, applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis throughout each quarter of the calendar year, with awards being given to qualified applicants until the funds allocated for that quarter are fully utilized. The current application period extends through December 31, 2017. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as you can provide documentation that your abstract has been accepted at the meeting.
If you have any questions, please email us at with the subject line “BPA Professional Development Award Question”.

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