How Many Scientists Does It Take To Sink A Ferry?

George ButlerBy Georgina Butler, Research Associate, Overall Lab

Research Associates (RAs) and Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDFs) form the backbone of any lab, and the CBR boasts 25 RAs and 40 PDFs amongst its 30 or so labs. It makes sense then, to have a forum where these scientists can interact to foster peer support and collaboration, taking advantage of their expertise in an array of different areas.

On April 18th, 2018, 6 RAs, 12 PDFs, and our education coordinator extraordinaire, Julie Kora, got together at UBC’s Loon Lake Lodge in Maple Ridge, BC for the inaugural CBR RA/PDF Retreat. The ice was broken immediately by a combination of being in our socks, having the best buns in town (cinnamon variety!) and playing “truth, truth, lie”. We vetoed slides in favour of a large round-table approach (minus the table). We took turns describing our research interests which stimulated informal question and answer interludes, interrupted only by a delicious lunch filled with more discussion. The collective enthusiasm and brain power in the room was profound.

Though sorely tempted by the comfortable-looking beds in the lodge, we ventured outside and attempted to cross the lake on the hand-drawn ferry. Apparently having depleted our brain power earlier, it took a while to figure out that we needed two trips to get us all across with dry feet. We took a stroll through the forest, eventually ending up at a garden shed! After a snack and more bonding games, our retreat drew to an end.

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We all agreed that the day had been worthwhile and should be repeated, perhaps when there are options for some additional team-building activities like canoeing, climbing and a high-ropes course.

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