YKavli (Early Career Researchers)

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YKavli Mission

Our goal is to bring early career researchers (non-faculty) together so they can meet, network and share research. Do you have a job interview coming up that you want to practice for? Are you going to give a talk at an upcoming meeting or conference? Are you a graduate student with an upcoming candidacy exam or defense seminar? Are you writing a manuscript, and want to present your data? Or, do you just need a place to bounce ideas off of your peers, troubleshoot, and get some constructive feedback? We are always looking for presenters!

Generally, talks should be short (20-30 mins), and should be casual, and open to discussion, unless you have specific requirements (eg, practice talk). If you have specific needs, just let us know!

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Current Academic Planning Committee Members

If you would like to present at one of the meetings, let us know! We are always looking for presentations 20-30 minutes for the lunches and happy hours. They should be casual, open to discussion and formats can include job talks, previous research, troubleshooting, and paper reviews.


  • Alternative Muscle Club:
    provides an opportunity for young investigators in the academic, industry and medical sectors to present their work in a more relaxed environment. Its main goal is to build connections in the research community, and help learn about projects from other research laboratories and organizations.

  • BioEASI (Bio Education and Art for Science Innovation):
    a group of scientists from the University California, San Diego Division of Biological Sciences and the Salk Institute that are aiming to engage and educate the public on the newest scientific innovations.

  • Engaged Teaching Hub, Teaching + Learning Commons:
    university-wide resource that supports and facilitates excellence in teaching and learning through integration, connection, and ongoing assessment of initiatives leading to an engaged and inclusive educational environment.

  • Graduate Student Events:
    a comprehensive resource for graduate students on campus.

  • grAdvantage:
    developed with input from industry leaders in the San Diego Community and provides a suite of resources to help participants develop essential leadership, teamwork and communication skills to become successful leaders in their field.

  • KIBM Innovative Research Grant Opportunities:
    solicits proposals for the support of innovative interdisciplinary research.

  • NeuWrite:
    a collaborative group of scientists from the UCSD Neurosciences, Psychology, and Cognitive Science departments. Meets every other week to critique writing samples, discuss science communication, and plan events to bring science to the community.

  • Postdoc Association:
    postdocs who volunteer their time to enhance the postdoctoral experience by organizing professional development programs and networking opportunities.

  • Research Communications Program:
    draws on scholarship in the sciences, science communication, science education, the arts and other fields to provide the guiding theoretical perspective and the practical experience that is critical to communicating effectively with a wide range of audiences, including those with questions or concerns about the methods, findings or implications of scientific research.

  • Young Investigator Funding Opportunities:
    a variety of available funding opportunities to get started with private support.

Upcoming YKavli Events

Datesort descending Event
Nov 28, 2018 - 5:00pm YKavli November Happy Hour
Jan 16, 2019 - 12:00pm YKavli January Lunch
Feb 13, 2019 - 5:00pm YKavli February Happy Hour
Mar 13, 2019 - 12:00pm YKavli March Lunch
Apr 10, 2019 - 12:00pm YKavli April Lunch
May 1, 2019 - 5:00pm YKavli May Happy Hour
May 29, 2019 - 12:00pm YKavli May Lunch

Past YKavli Events

Displaying 1 - 20 of 25 past events. Click on each event name for more information.

Datesort ascending Event
Oct 24, 2018 - 12:00pm YKavli October Lunch
Jul 21, 2018 - 1:00pm Maps to the Future: Planning Careers in the 21st Century
Jun 13, 2018 - 12:00pm June Lunch & Social Hour
May 9, 2018 - 5:00pm May Happy Hour
Apr 11, 2018 - 12:00pm April Lunch & Social Hour
Mar 14, 2018 - 12:00pm March Lunch & Social Hour
Feb 14, 2018 - 5:00pm February Happy Hour
Jan 10, 2018 - 12:00pm January Lunch & Social Hour
Dec 13, 2017 - 12:00pm December Lunch & Social Hour
Nov 8, 2017 - 5:00pm November Happy Hour
Oct 11, 2017 - 12:00pm October Lunch & Social Hour
Jun 14, 2017 - 12:00pm June Lunch & Social Hour
May 10, 2017 - 5:00pm May Happy Hour
Apr 12, 2017 - 12:00pm April Lunch & Social Hour
Jan 18, 2017 - 12:00pm January Lunch & Social Hour
Nov 17, 2016 - 5:00pm November Happy Hour
Oct 12, 2016 - 12:00pm October Lunch & Social Hour
May 25, 2016 - 12:00pm Lunch Meeting & Social Hour
Apr 13, 2016 - 4:00pm Happy Hour
Mar 9, 2016 - 12:00pm Lunch Meeting & Social Hour