GRiPS Psychology Postgrad/Postdoc Camp 2017

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PGL Campaspe Downs

1302 Trentham Road

Kyneton, VIC 3444


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Welcome to the inaugural 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, postdoc, or research assistant affiliated with Melbourne University and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.

We will carpool to the campsite (located 1 hour 20 minutes out of Melbourne), and spend 3 days (optional 2-day stay available) taking part in a mix of professional workshops and fun, relaxing activities.

About Campsaspe Downs

Located on the outskirts of the Macedon Ranges, close to Kyneton and an hour’s drive from Melbourne, PGL Campaspe Downs is set amid 160 acres of natural bushland. Local attractions include Hanging Rock and Mt Macedon National park, as well as historic townships and museums.


Cabins: Rooms sleep 4-8 with ensuite bathrooms OR 2-12 with separate purpose-built toilet and shower blocks


Food will be provided and will accommodate any dietary requirements.

Camp Fees

Happily, Campaspe Downs have agreed to give us a discount on the 3-day and 2-day stays. The ticket prices listed below are substantially cheaper than they would be to the general public:

The full ticket price will be $121 for a 3-day stay, plus money towards "optional extra activities" (see below), which are led by instructors. Ticket price includes 2 nights' accommodation, all workshops, and food (dinner on Monday, 3 full meals on Tuesday, and breakfast/lunch on Wednesday).

The ticket price for a 2-day stay is $71, and includes 1 night of accommodation, workshops, and food (dinner on Monday, breakfast/lunch on Tuesday).

IMPORTANT NOTE: The fee you are paying today is a $25 deposit, which is completely non-refundable. Closer to the camp we will require the remainder of the payment.

2 people will be offered a $40 discount off the cost of their stay to present a professional development workshop (see below).

Professional Development Workshops:

  • Simon Lilburn, Research Fellow — TBA

  • Maggie Webb, 3rd year PhD Student — Accepting opportunities + How to be a great mentor

  • Gabriel Ong, 3rd year PhD Student — TBA

  • Christina Van Heer, 3rd year PhD student — benefits of free coding software for data analysis (e.g., R, Python)

  • Skill swap – productivity tools that people find useful (e.g., relative benefits of referencing software like Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero; optimal note-taking).

  • Tips for writing your thesis (e.g., benefits of using LaTex)

....And you?? We are taking 2 more people who would be interested in presenting professional development workshops. These can be in any area in which you have expertise. If you are selected to present a workshop, you will be given a $40 discount off the cost of your camp ticket.

Fun Activities

  • Maggie Webb — Acro-yoga class

  • Gabriel Ong — Beginner salsa class

  • Campfire Music; Badminton; Tennis; Giant chess; Pool/Billiards; Soccer; Swimming; Table Tennis; Volleyball

Optional extra activities (4 activities = $44 per person; 2 activities = $33 per person. If you would like to participate in these activities the fee will be required shortly prior to the camp)

  • Abseiling; Archery; Bush walk; Flying Fox; Giant Swing; Canoeing; Raft building...and more!

Tentative Camp Schedule


- Leave university at 12.30pm (carpool)

- Arrive at 2pm, convene in rec room.

- Ice-breaker at 2.30 + Team game

- 4pm: Professional development workshop #1 (TBA)

- 6pm dinner

-7pm Professional development workshop #2 (e.g., Discussing tips and tricks for a great supervisory relationship + how to deal with supervisor problems)

- 8pm Salsa lesson with Gabriel Ong

- 9pm Social drinks and informal networking


- 8am breakfast

- 9am "acro yoga" with Maggie Webb

- 10am Professional development Workshop #3

- 11.30am BATTLE OF THE PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS aka skill-swap

- 12.30pm lunch

- 1pm Professional development workshop #4, e.g., "Accepting opportunities and how to be a great mentor"

- 3pm-5pm fun camp activity e.g., flying fox

- 5-7pm free time or writing/coding time

-7pm dinner

-8pm Campfire music, social drinks, etc.


-8am breakfast

-9am professional development workshop #5

-11-12.30am fun camp activity e.g., canoeing

-1pm lunch

-2pm final fun camp activitiy

-4pm farewell and head home

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