Non-OPF Events & Announcements

- Non-OPF Announcements & External Events -
This page is used to advertise non-OPF Events and Announcements that may be of interest to our community. Please contact us if you wish to have an announcement or event posted here.

Please note: Access to the HMS Quad will be restricted during July 27 and during August 2-6  for the tent set up and program for the new student orientation and White Coat Ceremony. Please be advised you may need to alter your route around campus. Live stream of the ceremonies for the Classes of 2024 and 2025 will be available.

Summer Online RDM Mini-Workshops
This summer we are hosting a series of Mini-Workshops on RDM topics with subject experts. These are free, open sessions featuring short presentations or demos and provide an opportunity for discussion with the research data community.
Join us Wednesdays at 12:00pm throughout the summer.
Drafting Your Data Storage Game Plan | July 28
Sarah Hauserman, Research Data Management Analyst, HMS Research Computing
Protect Your Data and Yourself | August 11
Daniel Wainstock, Ph.D., Director for Research Integrity, HMS Academic and Research Integrity
Tools for Reproducible Research | August 25
Radhika Khetani, Ph.D., Training Director, Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core
Meeta Mistry, Ph.D., Senior Bioinformatics Analyst and Trainer, Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core
Sponsored by the Countway Library of Medicine, Research Data Management

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core: Publication Perfect: Painlessly creating powerful plots - Part I
The workshop is hands-on so please follow the preparation instructions below before the workshop. Please mark your calendars and join us!
What: Publication Perfect: Painlessly creating powerful plots workshop
When: Wednesday, July 28th from 1pm - 4pm
Register at:
Prerequisites: A working knowledge of beginner R
Workshop description:
In this workshop, we will introduce the popular R package, ggplot2, for creating custom, high-quality plots. We will introduce the ggplot2 syntax and explore how to determine the type of plots most appropriate for your data. We will examine how to ensure consistency between figures using custom theme, scale, and color selections, with an emphasis on colorblind-friendly palettes from the RColorBrewer and viridis packages.
This is a free, hands-on workshop available to all Harvard affiliates.
Preparation Instructions:
This workshop requires you to have R and RStudio downloaded and installed on your computer
Install the R packages as detailed here.
We look forward to seeing you. As always, contact us at with any questions.

Guppy Tank: Targeting the “undruggable” proteome in cancer stem cells

Thursday, July 29, 4:00-5:00pm Eastern time | Location: Zoom – please register for details

Harvard's Office of Technology Development and LabCentral invite you to the latest event in the Guppy Tank series, where Harvard life-science innovators pitch their concepts to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors for constructive, in-depth feedback. Christina Woo, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will present her innovations in drug-induced protein degradation and seek input on a commercialization strategy that will help validate and advance her lab’s work toward the clinic. Learn more about her project hereThis is a great opportunity to learn about the factors and decisions that shape the strategy of an emerging startup.


Harvard Longwood Campus, Office of Employee Development and Wellness - August Newsletter and Events
Please note, registration for most of these events requires the Harvard Key.
We encourage you to take time for your development and wellbeing by registering for the workshops this month and viewing the additional resources. 

Call for abstracts! The Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children's Hospital is seeking abstracts for its upcoming International Precision Vaccines Conference (IPVC), September 22-23, 2021.
Abstracts submission will be considered for virtual posters and/or oral presentations and will be included in the conference brochure. Presenters will have the option to present virtually or in person.
**Submission deadline: Friday, August 13, 2021, 6 p.m. (EDT)**
More information:

Apply for the new BII & Science prize for Innovation
Behind every life-changing solution is an entrepreneurial scientist. A creative mind who proved an idea in the lab and dared to carry it out in the world.
To encourage more scientists to translate their research, BioInnovation Institute (BII) & Science present a new annual award.
Our three winners will have their essays published in Science magazine and will be invited into BII’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, the Grand Prize winner will receive a prize of USD 25,000 and each runner-up will receive USD 10,000 at a grand award show celebration in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The call for applications has just opened. Click the apply button to submit your 1000 word essay to the editors at Science Magazine. Submissions due by November 1, 2021

Harvard HealthTech Innovation in Healthcare Fellowship - Applications now open
A 10-month fellowship that teaches the next generation of healthcare innovators how to harness technology, engineering, business, and cutting-edge science to define a new standard of medical care. This fellowship embeds teams in clinical settings to expose urgent, unmet healthcare needs, then design and test innovative solutions with guidance from mentors in the medtech, healthcare, and innovation sectors.
The program runs annually from August through May.
Applications for the 2022-23 Fellowship are now open! Click here to apply.
Deadline: September 9, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EDT)
Please fill out this form if you would like to sign up for our mailing list and receive program updates.

Call for Applicants: DAAD AInet - Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence
You are a postdoctoral researcher or an experienced PhD candidate in the field of artificial intelligence looking for your next collaboration, job, or for an opportunity to realize your independent research project? The DAAD Artificial Intelligence Networking (AInet) Fellowship offers a unique gateway to the AI research community in Germany through academic networking and exchange.
Apply now to the DAAD AInet 9/2021 call and participate in the upcoming edition of the Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence (Postdoc-NeT-AI) with the topic AI in Medicine.
The DAAD AInet fellowship includes the participation in the Postdoc-NeT-AI, which consists of a virtual networking week as well as an individual one-week travel stipend, and the admission to the DAAD AInet Fellows and Alumni network.
Postdoc-NeT-AI Virtual Networking Week | 13 – 17 September 2021
During the virtual networking week, you will get a profound insight into AI applications in medicine and medical research and you will have the chance to connect directly to distinguished researchers from the field. According to your research focus you will be matched with researchers of your choice at the host institutions for 1-on-1 meet-ups.
Application Deadline: August 2, 2021
For more information (host institutions, fellowship etc.) and to apply, go to

The Postdoc Academy’s second course, Building Skills for a Successful Career, has now opened registration on BU’s edX platform.
The online course starts July 19 - Details and registration found here
The Postdoc Academy provides skill development for postdocs as they prepare to transition into their next career step. Using inclusive, active-learning approaches, participants will build skills to (1) inform your approach to leadership, (2) build and supervise a team, (3) manage projects, (4) apply teaching skills beyond the classroom, (5) develop strategic communication skills and (6) prepare successful job application materials. Connect with other postdocs nationally and share your experiences within a second professional development MOOC built specifically for postdocs and created with postdocs. This course was created with funding from the National Institutes of Health grant number R25GM121257.

Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core - Summer 2021 schedule for the Current Topics in Bioinformatics series
These free, hands-on workshops are available to all Harvard affiliates and cover a variety of bioinformatics topics & related skill.
Introduction to R practical (requires prior completion of the Introduction to R online resource):
This workshop will address questions regarding the content covered in the Introduction to R online resource and will provide practical exercises to practice your newly developed R skills.
Publication Perfect: Part I
In this workshop, we will introduce ggplot2 syntax to create custom plots, and we will explore how to determine the type of plots most appropriate for your data. We will explore how to ensure consistency between figures using custom theme and color selections, with an emphasis on colorblind-friendly palettes from the RColorBrewer and viridis packages.
Publication Perfect: Part II (requires attendance of Publication Perfect: Part I)
This workshop will build on what was covered in Publication Perfect: Part I to examine methods for enhancing our plots with functions from the ggpubr and cowplot packages, especially regarding layout and labeling of figures. Finally, we will conclude with an activity to use what we have learned to reproduce a published figure.
All workshops are currently held remotely via Zoom.
The preparation instructions and descriptions for all workshops can be found using the workshop links at
All workshops will require you to have a computer available and the preparation instructions completed.
As always, we will be happy to answer any questions; you can reach us at

Havard University Employee Credit Union Financial Support - Members may be eligible for several Loan Payment Relief options, or for one of the Hardship Loan options. See details:

The HMS-HSDM-HSPH Ombuds Office provides highly confidential, impartial and independent services to faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral trainees and affiliate institution appointees to help identify issues, goals and potential options available to help manage or resolve concerns.  ANY issue may be brought to the Ombuds Office, including anything related to COVID-19.  Ombuds Melissa Brodrick and Justin Neiman are available for Zoom, phone and Skype appointments.  Call 617-432-4041 or email.

Harvard Longwood Campus Employee Development and Wellness - has free virtual offerings and additional resources available, resources and programming.
Upcoming resources available for postdocs are listed here
Care@Work Coronavirus Resource Guide
The most recent issue of’s newsletter features stories and ideas for how to navigate work and life during this pandemic. Specifically, they have prepared a resource guide for parents and caregivers to help during this time. Please read more information at Care@Work: Coronavirus Resource Guide.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Online Resources and Workshops - available to HMS Quad-based postdocs
SfN is excited to announce a new benefit for all Institutional Program (IP) members – unlimited access for trainees affiliated with your program to articles, videos, and webinars on Neuronline, SfN’s home for online learning. Any trainee associated with an IP member program is eligible for this access.
To access this benefit, trainees must:
Sign up for a free account on, preferably using their institutional email address
Sign in to the IP Affiliate Registration page using their SfN account
Fill out the form and choose their program from the drop-down list
Click “Register”
Once registered, trainees will receive an email confirming that the process is complete and that they now have access to Neuronline using their account.
If you have any questions about this new benefit, please contact

Countway Library - open for online services, including Research Data Management classes, and individual research assistance
Countway Classes (online)

Research Data Management
Research & Instruction Services

Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Postdoctoral Association | Literature in Research Survey
Survey on the scientific reading habits of HMS postdocs. Available HERE.

HMS Teaches at Emmanuel
We are happy to announce a new collaboration between Emmanuel College and HMS that will give HMS postdocs the opportunity to gain teaching experience in an undergraduate setting.  Emmanuel College is a liberal arts college located down the street a couple blocks from the HMS quad, so this will be a convenient opportunity for anyone interested in teaching.  Emmanuel College has teaching needs each semester for many undergraduate science courses, and as part of this collaboration, HMS postdocs will be able to apply early for these positions. We look forward to the success of this exciting new collaboration and the opportunities it will provide the HMS community. 
Please fill out the survey below if you are interested in participating. By signing up, postdocs will continue to receive announcements about teaching opportunities each semester.

Bioinformatics Club, formed in July 2017, aims to provide a weekly meetup for those who like bioinformatics to learn and share knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary field. We focus on three categories of topics: Statistics & Artificial Intelligence, Tools & Resources, and Data Visualization & Presentation. Each time a short talk (30-45min) for a specific topic will be given by a speaker, with a step-by-step tutorial and practical demo. It’s open & free to everyone, incl. all slides and learning materials. However, to keep the club running, we strong recommend that every member could present at least once in the club per year.