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Trip to the Centre for Computing History

When Jan 15, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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Join us for an afternoon out at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge. This is a highly-rated local museum that has something for nerds and almost-nerds alike, including a huge collection of old computer equipment, much of which is available for hands-on use (and game-playing in many cases, for those so inclined).

We expect to meet at the museum around 2pm; however, timings are not quite confirmed yet. Please sign up using the Google form if you're interested -- if enough people sign up, we can try to arrange a guided tour (requires 15 people), and this might affect the precise timing somewhat.

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PdOC Games Night - Wednesday 11th January - 7pm onwards

When Jan 11, 2017
from 07:00 PM to 10:55 PM
Where postdoc centre, 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1SB
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Fancy a game?

Come along to the PdOC games night, discover the magical world
of games, reignite your competitive spark and join in the fun!

There are plenty of games happening on the night.
Games we've played recently include Carcassonne, Infiltration,
Bang!, Ticket to Ride, 'Hey that's my Fish' and Zombie dice
to name just a few!

We're always more than happy to break out a classic
game of Monopoly, Scrabble or Jenga!

Don't worry if you haven't played games for a while,
all rules are explained in as much detail as you want.

Bring your own drinks and snacks if you want.
Guests are always very welcome.

PdOC Biomedical Lunch - Tuesday 10th January - 12:30pm

When Jan 10, 2017
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where The Postdoc Centre, Biomedical Campus, Bay 13, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP
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Feel like meeting other postdocs?

Join the PdOC Biomedical lunch!

Bring your own lunch (microwave oven available) to the Newman
Library in the Postdoc Centre at Biomedical campus and look
for the PdOC sign.

New Year's Eve pub night at the Grain & Hop Store

When Dec 31, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where The Grain & Hop Store, Regent Terrace, CB2 1AA
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Celebrate the new year with the best of postdoctoral company! We'll be at the Grain & Hop Store on Regent Terrace from 7pm... as always, turn up at any time, and look for the PdOC sign. Food will be available.

We can only be completely sure that our party will remain there until 10pm; after that it's quite likely there'll be a crowd wanting to see the New Year in, possibly in a different venue -- join to find out!

Film night: "Scrooge"

When Dec 19, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane
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Contact Phone 07751103384
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Our festive PdOC Film Night at the Postdoc Centre will feature 'Scrooge' (1935), the classic British film version of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol".

Please come along and get comfy with your own drinks and snacks. As always, guests are welcome, this event is entirely free, and will finish with a visit to a nearby pub after the film.

Christmas Dinner at Newnham College

When Dec 15, 2016
from 06:45 PM to 11:00 PM
Where Newnham College
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The PdOC Society is pleased to invite Cambridge postdocs, and their guests, to its annual Christmas dinner.  This year we will be dining at Newnham College on Thursday 15th December. Come along to meet postdocs from a wide range of academic disciplines.

Guests are invited to arrive from 6.45pm onwards, when there will be a drinks reception including mulled wine. Dinner will be served in the Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £35 per person to include a welcome drink, 3 course meal with wine, or £29 with no alcoholic drinks provided (non-alcoholic pre-dinner drinks will be available). 

The dress code for the evening is smart dress, which means a jacket and tie or equivalent. Gowns are not required.

To sign up, please use the Google form embedded below (or click here) to register yourself and any guests. Then, continue back here to make your payment with the Paypal button below. Your place is only confirmed once you've submitted both the Google Form and the Paypal payment.

Next please pay using the button below, using a PayPal account or directly using a credit/debit card. The Paypal shopping cart will let you adjust the quantity of tickets, although not the alcohol option. So if you and your guests are a mixture of drinkers and non-drinkers, you will need to make two separate payments. Please enter the names of any guests you are paying for, to allow us to match up the Google form submissions

You will receive an electronic receipt  for your payment by email from PayPal.

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Games Night

When Dec 14, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 10:55 PM
Where Post Doc centre - 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1SB
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Fancy a game?

Come along to the PdOC games night, discover the magical world
of games, reignite your competitive spark and join in the fun!

There are plenty of games happening on the night.
Games we've played recently include Carcassonne, Infiltration,
Bang!, Ticket to Ride, 'Hey that's my Fish' and Zombie dice
to name just a few!

We're always more than happy to break out a classic
game of Monopoly, Scrabble or Jenga!

Don't worry if you haven't played games for a while,
all rules are explained in as much detail as you want.

Bring your own drinks and snacks if you want.
Friends and children are always welcome.

Brunch at Bill's

When Dec 11, 2016
from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Where 34-35 Green St, Cambridge CB2 3JX
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Join us for another brunch outing! This time it's at Bill's on Green Street. Our table is reserved from 10.30am; please sign up to reserve your space. Fine food and good cheer are all but guaranteed. You can view the menu here.

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Live-screened Royal Ballet performance of The Nutcracker

When Dec 08, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where Vue Cinema, Grafton Centre
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The festive season wouldn't be complete without a performance of The Nutcracker! The Royal Ballet's version of this classic ballet is superb. With Laurne Cuthbertson as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Federico Bonelli as the Prince, this is sure to be a wonderful performance, transmitted live from the Royal Opera House to the Vue Cinema. 

We will meet in the foyer of the Vue cinema (Grafton Centre) at 7pm. The performance will end at around 9.50pm.

Tickets are selling quickly, so book in advance if you would like to come. Your leader Lori is in seat E8.

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Day trip to St Albans Christmas market

When Dec 03, 2016
from 09:15 AM to 09:00 PM
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Join us for a day out in the historic and picturesque city of St Albans, including the Christmas market, cathedral, Roman amphitheatre ruins and plenty of other attractions. We'll take the train and bus there in the morning, returning in the evening. For more details, and to sign up, please see the Google form.

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Pub night at The Hopbine

When Nov 30, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where The Hopbine, Fair Street, CB1 1HA
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Join us for another end-of-the-month pub night, this time at The Hopbine. Look for the PdOC sign (and the jolliest table) -- from 7pm til closing at 11.

PdOC Film Night - 'Terror by Night'

Our next PdOC Film Night will feature 'Terror by Night' (1946) at the Postdoc Centre
When Nov 24, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SB
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Please come along and get comfy with your own drinks and snacks. Guests are welcome. This event is entirely FREE and will likely finish with a visit to a nearby pub after the film. Capacity is 80 people.

Synopsis: When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner murdered, Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.

PdOC Masterclass: How to accomplish more by stressing less

When Nov 22, 2016
from 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room
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The PdOC Society and Personal and Professional Development (PPD) are pleased to offer the masterclass:

How to accomplish more by stressing less

What challenges do you face in your postdoc life?  Long ‘to do’ list.  Young family.  Short term contract …...

REGISTER HERE

About the Masterclass

This masterclass, led by Liz Parker, will offer postdocs an opportunity to share with each other their most effective strategies for managing the unique challenges that they face.

The training will be a combination of interactive discussions and training segments. Using a marginal gains approach, the session will enable staff to identify areas in which they can make small but significant changes reducing stress levels and improving their wellbeing and performance. It is first and foremost a reflective space in which to share experiences, learn stress management techniques and plan new strategies based on the successful strategies used by each others.

Learning outcomes

Attendees will:

  1. Understand the role of beliefs in triggering and managing stress.
  2. Calibrate their individual stress signature.
  3. Use a framework to identify and prioritise how to reduce their current stressors.
  4. Identify a range of realistic and and actionable strategies for managing these stressors.
  5. Use the 80:20 Rule to improve their own productivity.
  6. Create connections and a support network within the group.

This masterclass is open to all postdocs working in the University, Colleges or University Partner Institutes.  

Date: Tuesday 22 November, 9.30am - 12.30pm
 

About the speaker:

Liz has twelve years experience as an Occupational Therapist. Now specialising in improving performance within high stress academic environments, Liz’s workshops are interactive and fuse therapeutic models with practical strategies that are designed to improve performance whilst reducing stress.

PdOC Leckhampton dinner on Evolution and Change

PdOC Leckhampton dinner on Evolution and Change
When Nov 15, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Leckhampton, Corpus Christi College, 37 Grange Road Cambridge CB3 9BJ
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PdOC is delighted to invite you to a follow up event to the Crossing the Barriers Interdisciplinary Lecture by Prof Chris Howe this term, on the theme of 'Evolution and Change'.

This event will take place on Tuesday, the 15 November and it will include a formal dinner at Leckhampton, Corpus Christi College, followed by two talks from Cambridge postdocs.

Dinner tickets cost £10, and include a 2 course meal. Wine and other drinks are available to buy before dinner.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

Further details on this event, including registration and payment.

 The Crossing the Barriers lecture series aims to promote University of Cambridge postdoc research visibility by offering an environment to exchange ideas, concepts and views across different fields of research, as well as offer postdocs an experience of college life and an opportunity to meet and network.

 

 

PdOC After Work: Pensions

PdOC After Work: Pensions
When Nov 14, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SB
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REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED

What is the University Superannuation Scheme (USS)?

What happens with the money you and the university pay in every month?

How will your pension be calculated when you retire?

What are your pension options if you want to leave academia? Or if you want to leave the United Kingdom?

Sometimes it can seem like no one pension scheme is like another. If you want to understand your pension better, please come along to this PdOC After Work on Pensions and get an introduction to the USS Pensions Scheme and an opportunity to ask questions to our expert speakers.

Please note: This event is primarily aimed at postdocs who are members of the USS.

Featured speakers:

Sue Curryer, Head of the University Pensions Administration Office

Richard Farndale, University and Colleges Union (UCU) Pensions Representative

On the registration form there is a possibility to submit questions to the speakers in advance. Please see last year’s FAQ here: http://www.pdoc.cam.ac.uk/guides/PdOCUSSPensions

There will be lighter food and drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, served. No need to pay in advance, just bring £1 on the day. All registered participants will be emailed with more information closer to the date.

N.B. This event is for PdOC members only.

Time: Monday 14 November 2016, 6pm

Place: The Eastwood Room, Postdoc Centre @ Mill Lane

Sign-up deadline: 9 November 2016

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/GtzWkbTMdrbkZwLp2

Cost: £1 (paid on the night, please bring cash)

Games Night - Wednesday 9th November

When Nov 09, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 10:55 PM
Where Post Doc centre - 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1SB
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Fancy a game?

Come along to the PdOC games night, discover the magical world
of games, reignite your competitive spark and join in the fun!

There are plenty of games happening on the night.
Games we've played recently include Carcassonne, Infiltration,
Bang!, Ticket to Ride, 'Hey that's my Fish' and Zombie dice
to name just a few!

We're always more than happy to break out a classic
game of Monopoly, Scrabble or Jenga!

Don't worry if you haven't played games for a while,
all rules are explained in as much detail as you want.

Bring your own drinks and snacks if you want.
Friends and children are always welcome.

Bonfire and fireworks on Midsummer Common

When Nov 05, 2016
from 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Midsummer Common
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Cambridge City Council is hosting its annual Guy Fawkes Night celebration on Midsummer Common. There will be fireworks display at 7:30pm and immediately afterwards a large bonfire will be lit. The Thurston Fun Fair will be open from 6 to 10pm.

We will meet at the Fort St George at 6:30pm for drinks, then walk together to the Midsummer Common for the fireworks and bonfire.

Entry is free but donations of £3 are encouraged.

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Halloween pub night

When Oct 31, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where The Bath House, Bene't Street
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Join us for a Halloween-themed pub night at PdOC's old haunt, the Bath House, from 7pm until closing (11pm). Look for the PdOC sign at the scariest-looking table! Prizes will be awarded for the best fancy dress.

 

PdOC Halloween 'Bring a dish' Family Party

When Oct 30, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where PdOC Centre - 16 Mill lane
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Halloween is coming up so we thought this is a great opportunity for a party! PdOC are holding a family Halloween event at the PdOC centre (Mill Lane). There will be crafts, games, pumpkins, and please feel free to wear a costume.

This event will be a "bring a dish to share". To get an idea of who is bringing what, please indicate on the registration form what you will be bringing and label the dish accordingly on the day.

When: Sunday 30th October from 12:00 to 3:00pm at the Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane

Price: Adults £2:50 (pay at the door) & children no charge

How to book: If you would like to attend, please register at 

https://goo.gl/forms/X1jrKHhNrqmm8gxv1

For more information, email Susanne Lager (sml60@medschl.cam.ac.uk) 

Cambridge Film Festival / Short Fusion: Contravention

When Oct 27, 2016
from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Cinemobile, Parker's Piece
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Join us for a trip to one of the shorts programmes of this year's Cambridge Film Festival. This is showing in the mobile cinema on Parker's Piece at 8pm (don't worry -- it's temperature-controlled!). 

Meet for a drink beforehand at the Arts Picturehouse bar, from 7.15pm, or at the venue just before 8pm. It's safest to buy your ticket in advance (link below) but there's a fair chance tickets will be available on the night.

If Festival enthusiasm continues, it will also be possible to follow it with one of the late-show features at the Picturehouse, one of which is this year's Surprise Film!

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PdOC Film Night - 'The Woman in Green'

Our next PdOC Film Night will feature 'The Woman in Green' (1945) at the Postdoc Centre
When Oct 20, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SB
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Please come along and get comfy with your own drinks and snacks. Guests are welcome. This event is entirely FREE and will likely finish with a visit to a nearby pub after the film. Capacity is 80 people.

Synopsis: The Woman in Green is a 1945 American film, the eleventh of the fourteen Sherlock Holmes films based on the characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle, starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, with Hillary Brooke as the woman of the title and Henry Daniell as Professor Moriarty. The film follows an original premise inspired by "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House".

Poker night

When Oct 19, 2016
from 07:45 PM to 10:30 PM
Where Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane
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On Wednesday 19th October, the first PdOC poker night will be held in the Postdoc Centre!

The event is open to everyone, including beginners and very good liars alike! Even maths/stats experts are welcome. Please bring £2, to be paid on the door (to make the game more interesting) and your own food and drink.

Please also *sign up* using the "more information..." link to register your interest. 

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Brunch at Novi

When Oct 16, 2016
from 11:00 AM to 12:25 PM
Where Novi, Regent Street, Cambridge
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Join your fellow postdocs for brunch, this time at Novi on Sunday 16th October! We have a table reserved from 11am. Check out the menu and come along! To be sure of a place, please sign up using the Google form (the "more information..." link below).

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Cambridge Octoberfest 2016

When Oct 15, 2016
from 04:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where University Social Club, Mill Lane
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This weekend it's the CAMRA Cambridge & District 10th Cambridge Octoberfest -- a rather smaller and more British spin on the Bavarian classic. The object is simple: to enjoy a wide selection of real ale and food, inside the University Social Club on Mill Lane.

Admission should be free for most postdocs -- it's free for USC members, which includes University scholars and employees, College staff, students, alumni, CamCard holders, and retired staff. It's also free for CAMRA and CURAS members. Failing all that, it costs £3.

The festival runs on Friday evening and all day on Saturday; the PdOC party will be there from 4pm on Saturday, until closing.

There might well be a PdOC sign on display (if we can stand it up anywhere), or call Stephen (07751 103384; srk31@cam.ac.uk) to find out where we are.

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'Crossing the Barriers' Lecture Series 12 October 2016

When Oct 12, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where St Catherine's College
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'What do genes, manuscripts, languages, folk tales, and Persian carpets have in common?'

Professor Chris Howe

Wednesday 12 October

McGrath Auditorium
St. Catharine's College

Drinks reception to follow

Tickets cost £5 for the lecture followed by a drinks reception at St. Catharine's College.  

This event is no longer taking bookings.

Further information about the lecture series.

 

Restaurant Night at La Margherita, 11th October 7pm

Restaurant Night @ La Margherita
When Oct 11, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where La Margherita, 15 Magdalene St, Cambridge, CB3 0AF
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Do you need a break from work?

Want an opportunity to meet new people?


Join us for dinner at the Italian restaurant La Margherita!

We have booked a table for 16 people.

 

If you would like to attend, please sign up below:

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September PdOC Pub Night - The Red Bull - Fri 30th Sept

September PdOC Pub Night @ The Red Bull
When Sep 30, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where The Red Bull, 11 Barton Road, Newnham, Cambridge, CB3 9JZ
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Join us for the September pub night!

This time we will be at The Red Bull, on Barton Road.

We will be there from 7:30pm until at least 11pm.


Please feel welcome to join, whatever time you can make it.

Look out for the PdOC sign and the most cheerful crowd!

PdOC Film Night - 'Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon'

Our next PdOC Film Night will feature 'Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon' (1943) at the Postdoc Centre
When Sep 22, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SB
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Please come along and get comfy with your own drinks and snacks. Guests are welcome. This event is entirely FREE and will likely finish with a visit to a nearby pub after the film.  Capacity is 80 people.

Synopsis: Based on the Sir Authur Conan Doyle story 'The Dancing Men', Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are placed in WWII europe to help protect a scientist and his invention from the Nazis.

The History, Organisation and Traditions of the University of Cambridge

When Sep 21, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where The Eastwood Room, The Postdoc Centre @ 16 Mill Lane
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This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email Marta Costa at mmc46@cam.ac.uk

We are very excited to welcome you to an after work event where we will explore the history of the University of Cambridge, the current organisation of this great institution and its symbols, ceremonies and traditions that you may have wondered about.

  • Have you ever wondered how a great university came to be founded close to an ancient Roman settlement in the fens?
  • What was the first College and when was it founded?
  • Who makes decisions in the university now and how are they elected?
  • How do postdocs fit into the governance of the University?
  • Why are there different types of gowns and what is the symbolism in the University coat of arms?
Now you can find out!
It will be a packed evening with several distinguished and experienced speakers and even a special edible surprise!

 

Featured speakers:
  • Nicholas Chrimes: author of best-selling book "Cambridge: Treasure Island in the Fens"
  • Dr Elisabeth Leedham-Green: Darwin College Archivist & author of "A Concise History of the University of Cambridge"
  • Dr Rob Wallach: Director of OPdA and former vice-Provost of King’s College
  • Tim Milner: Deputy Praelector of Darwin College, University Ceremonial Officer and Pro-Proctor for Ceremonial Occasions

 

This is event is for Cambridge postdocs only.

There will be lighter food and drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, served. No need to pay in advance, just bring £1 on the day. 

 

Place: Eastwood Room, Postdoc Centre @ 16 Mill Lane

Time: Wednesday 21st September 2016, 6pm

Cost: £1 per person (pay at the door)

Sign-up deadline: Friday 16 September 2016

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/ukVgYsY9zTflTyLd2

Barbecue on Darwin Island

When Sep 18, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Darwin College, Silver Street, Cambridge, CB3 9EU
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Summer doesn't have to end just yet! Join us for a barbecue on Darwin island, from 3pm to 6pm on Sunday 18th September. The barbecue, cups and plates will be provided; bring whatever you'd like to eat and drink.

A donation of £2 will be taken on the door, to cover PdOC's costs (including hiring the island).

The island has a capacity limit of 50 people, so if you wish to attend, please sign up using the Google form (follow the "more information..." link below). Guests are welcome, but please sign them up too.

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Upcoming events

Extraordinary General Meeting 2017

Jan 19, 2017

Postdoc Centre, Eastwood Room

PdOC Interdisciplinary Research Club - Tuesday 24th January

Jan 24, 2017

Eastwood Room, Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane, CB2 1SB

Burns Night dinner at the St John's Chop House

Jan 25, 2017

St John's Chop House, Northampton St, CB3 0AD

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