The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) and the Homewood Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA) formally invite you to attend our Fifth Annual Postdoctoral Retreat.


When: Wednesday, May 16th 2018
Where: Turner Concourse meeting space on the East Baltimore campus
Open to:
All postdoctoral fellows from:
All Johns Hopkins campuses and institutes (incl. Homewood)

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)

University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)

NIH Bayview campus

Carnegie Institution for Science, Baltimore



Abstract Submission

Abstracts due**: +++ EXTENDED +++
April 18th 2018, 11:59 pm EST
+++ EXTENDED +++
Registration closes: Friday, May 11th 2018
**Abstract submission is not required to participate in the retreat, but registration is mandatory. Posters presented at other scientific meetings will be accepted. 

Register here

Breakout sessions will be assigned based on seating availability.

Abstracts and awards: Judged on-site, the best scientific presentations will be awarded a travel award (to be used for a future conference)! Award amounts are as follows:

  • 2 oral presentation awards ($1000, $500)
  • 2 poster presentation awards ($1000, $500)
  • 1 poster presentation award for Homewood postdocs ($250)


Program Overview

We are excited for the below events (visit the Program page for more details):

Plenary speakers (more info)
  • Saraswati Sukumar, PhD, Professor of Oncology and Pathology at JHU School of Medicine
  • Philip S. Clifford, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition, Associate Dean for Research at The College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago
Breakout sessions
  • A Majority of Minorities - Science in the 21st Century (Lucio Gama, PhD, JHU School of Medicine)
  • Well-being in Postdocs: State of the Evidence and Potential Solutions (Patti Anderson, PhD, JHU School of Medicine & JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health)
  • Becoming A Resilient Scientist (Sharon Milgram, PhD, NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education)
  • Get That Paper Out The Door! Pearls and Pitfalls of Publishing (Kimberly Skarupski, PhD, JHU School of Medicine)
Scientific presentations by postdoctoral fellows
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations

Individual Career Consultation
  • In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO), individual 20-minute career consultation and advice sessions will be offered throughout the day. Sign-up will be at the registration on the day of the retreat on a first-come-first-serve basis.
View the full schedule here.

To visit the 2017 postdoc retreat website, click here.

To visit the 2016 postdoc retreat website, click here.