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EDIT 13/03/18: All tickets have now been claimed. If you'd like to go on the waitlist for the camp please email with the heading "Camp wait-list". First to email, first on the wait-list.


Welcome to the second Graduate Researchers In Psychological Sciences (GRIPS) Camp!

This camp is designed to fulfill two key missions: community building and professional development.

This camp is perfect for any postgraduate student (inc. research-minded Honours students) affiliated with Melbourne University and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.

We will carpool to the campsite (located approx. 2 hour drive out of Melbourne), and spend 4 days (optional 3-day stay available) taking part in a mix of professional workshops and fun, relaxing activities.

Please read all the information below before registering, as it contains important information regarding camp costs and activities.

About The Campsite

This year we have arranged a huge airbnb in Phillip Island (more pictures and information included in the link). Phillip Island is a great getaway destination with excellent hiking and surfing opportunities that we aim to make full use of. :-)


Shared rooms in the airbnb.


Food is included in the cost of registration. We will do our best to accommodate any dietary requirements.

Breakfast will be DIY (we will provide milks, fruit, and cereals).

Lunch will be DIY (we will provide bread, fillings, and salad ingredients).

Dinner will be served according to a rotating roster, so that everyone has an opportunity to contribute to cooking.

Everyone is expected to clean up after themselves immediately after each meal.


Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Attendees are expected to bring their own alcohol.

Camp Fees (Important information)

To offset the cost of the camp for students as much as possible, GRiPS is actively seeking funding from the Graduate Student Association, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences, and the School of Psychological Sciences.

We have not yet heard back from several funding bodies as they can take several weeks to process funding requests. However, we thought that it is necessary to inform potential attendees about the camp as soon as possible, so that attendees can reserve this date. Thus, we have decided to open registrations now, with a maximum and minimum cost for the camp that will be decided depending on funding available:

We can guarantee that the ticket price for the full 3-night stay will fall somewhere between $50 and $100 per person. To be clear, this includes 3 nights of accommodation, all professional developement workshops, and food (dinner on Thursday, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Sunday). It does not include shared carpool cost (likely $15-$20 per person return) and some optional activities (e.g., surfing lessons), and does not include alcohol.

If you register now, you will reserve your place for the camp without yet paying any money. This is important to do as we have a limit on attendees (max 25 people), and are working under a "first come, first served" policy. Everyone after the first 25 people will go on a waiting list (please email to indicate that you would like to be placed on the waiting list if there are no more tickets available).

Once we understand our funding situation, we will inform all attendees of the final cost, and attendees will have exactly 5 days in which to decide if they will attend the camp. If attendees withdraw within this time, there will be no cost to them, and the camp places will be offerred to those on the waiting list.

If this is not clear to anyone you are welcome to email us ( for clarification.

Confirmed Professional Development Workshops:

  • Katie Greenaway, Research Fellow — Transitioning from PhD to Postdoc/Life in Research panel discussion

  • Simon DeDeyne, Research Fellow — Creating experiments on Mturk/Life in Research panel discussion

  • Simon Lilburn, Research Fellow — TBA

  • Felix Singleton-Thorn, 2nd year PhD student — Statistical Power workshop

  • Christina Van Heer, 3rd year PhD student — R intro and GGplot workshop

Fun Activities

  • Surfing lesson (with Nick Tan and Will Turner)

  • Yoga class (teacher TBA or online resource)

  • Hiking and Swimming

  • BYO instrument improvisation jam

  • Ping pong table, boogie boards, board games, cricket and football.

Tentative Camp Schedule

(Will be changed according to presenters' availability; this is just to give potential attendees an idea of the camp structure)

Thursday 10th May:

- Leave university at 12pm (carpool)

- Arrive at 2.30pm. Get settled into the camp.

- 4pm Ice-breaker & open discussion of what everyone is researching, and setbacks etc. they have encountered during the PhD.

- 6.30pm dinner

-7.30pm Welcome party

Friday 11th May:

- 7.30am—8.30am breakfast

- 8.30-9.30am Morning yoga session/swim/free time

- 9.30am Professional development Workshop (e.g., DeDeyne's Designs in Mturk Experiments)

- 12pm lunch

- 1-2.30pm Professional development workshop (e.g., Katie Greenaway discusses transition to academia)

- 2.30-6pm optional 2.5hr hike or "Shut Up and Write"

- 6.30pm dinner

-7.30pm: Research round panel discussion

Saturday 12th May:

-7-8am breakfast

-9am Professional development workshop, e.g., "Introduction to R" with Christina Van Heer

- 11am Professional development workshop, e.g., "GGPlot in R workshop" with Christina Van Heer

- 12.30-1.30pm Lunch

- 2.30 - 5pm Optional surfing lesson with Will and Nick; otherwise swimming or free time

- 6.30pm dinner

-8pm social drinks, musical improvisation etc.

Sunday 13th May:

-7am Optinal morning swim

-8am Breakfast

-9am professional development workshop

-11am pack up, head home. Optional final hike after checking out.

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