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NEW! Postdoc Day

For the first time, The McMaster Conference on Education and Cognition is hosting a pre-conference Postdoc Day!

If you are a postdoctoral fellow, join us for free on July 10th.

Choose to attend in person or online and have your workshop selection ready when registering (workshop options are listed below).

Time Event Location
08:30 – 09:00 Registration (hot breakfast provided) MDCL South Lobby (1101)
09:00 – 09:15 Opening Remarks by Joe Kim
MDCL 1105 (and live stream)
09:15 – 10:15 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Szatmari – “Productive Failure: The Art of Learning from Rejection”  MDCL 1105 (and live stream)
10:30 – 12:00 *Workshop Session (in person or online) MDCL (room given at morning registration) or ZOOM (link provided in email in advance)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break (lunch provided) MDCL South Lobby (1101)
13:00 – 14:00 Panel of Experts on “Postdoc motivation, engagement, and professional development” MDCL 1105 (and live stream)
14:00 – 14:30 Break  
14:30 – 16:00 Wellness Event: Yoga & Wellness Talk (optional, open to all) Alumni Memorial Hall
16:00 Reception and networking event The Phoenix


*Workshops are by registration only. See below for workshop details

MDCL = Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery


Peter Szatmari - "Productive Failure: The Art of Learning from Rejection"

It is important to remember that rejection is NOT a comment on your potential or how smart you are. You would not have got this far otherwise. Join Dr. Peter Szatmari as he reflection upon learning from “failure”. Learn how to cope with rejected grants and papers, or promotions, and proposals. Draw some lessons from his vast experience with rejection. Dr. Szatmari will also put papers and grants into perspective with respect to the ‘success’ of an academic career.

Dr. Peter Szatmari is a senior scientist and the Scientific Director of the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Dr. Szatmari’s investigative interests fall broadly into areas of psychiatric and genetic epidemiology, specifically: 1) longitudinal studies of children with autism spectrum disorders and the factors associated with good outcome; and 2) the genetic etiology of autism including studying families with rare copy number variants and studies of infant siblings. Another area of interest is the developmental course of child and adolescent psychopathology including depression, eating disorders, oppositional behaviours and anxiety disorders, with a particular area of concern being measurement issues and sampling by family unit rather than by individuals.

In Person Workshops

Online Workshops

Panel of Experts

Discussing postdoc motivation, engagement, and professional development.

Mihaela Harmos, Postdoctoral Services Coordinator, Western University

Emma BellCanadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars

Vidhi Khiani, Postdoctoral Programs Team Lead, University of Calgary

Sarah Henderson, Coordinator, Human Resources and Postdoctoral Affairs, The University of British Columbia

Katie George, Program Manager and Research Coordinator, McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching & Leadership Program, McMaster University

Joe Kim, Program Faculty Advisor, McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching & Leadership Program, McMaster University

Wellness Event

Center Yourself with Yoga

Alexa Geleynse will lead you through a basic yoga flow. Beginning with guided breath and grounded poses, the practice will build up to standing poses and more intensity before unwinding. Whether you’re brand new to the practice or experienced, all are welcome!

Alexa is a Canadian yoga instructor at De La Sol Yoga Studios in Hamilton. She has accumulated over 500hrs of training in Vinyasa, Yoga Trapeze, Chair Yoga, Restorative, and more.

Taking care of me and why it is so damn hard!

Carla LaBella: In this experiential workshop, you will learn WOW (Ways of Optimizing Well-being) tips aimed at replenishing and renewing your energy so that you can do the important work that you do. Themes include, mindfulness, self-compassion, self-care (highlighting the importance of sleep and exercise). Learn strategies that will move you from “knowing” to “doing”.

Carla LaBella is a Professor of Psychology at Mohawk College. She has a background in Positive Psychology and Applied Positive Psychology. She is also a Modo Yoga teacher (Level 1 – 200hr Teacher Training) and a Unified Mindfulness Coach.