AUSCCER Retreat Wrap-Up

Two weeks ago twenty-five AUSCCER staff and postgrads attended a postgraduate retreat at Kioloa’s ANU coastal field campus, on the New South Wales south coast. The three days were jam packed with advice and ideas for the PhD process: topics ranging from managing stress, networking, writing tips, and post-PhD trajectories. With the new faculty emerging and seven new PhD students attending (you can ‘meet’ some by clicking here), this was a great chance to take stock of AUSCCER’s present and future.

More importantly Kioloa was an environment for socialising outside the University walls, allowing everyone a chance to get to know the people behind the PhDs and research projects. Days were broken up with some creative icebreakers (adeptly handled by Ananth and Justin), and walks to the bush and the beach. The night activities – Ellen’s trivia designed exclusively for geographers on Tuesday, and a sell-out Wednesday crowd for the faculty band Highfalutin’ – were particular highlights!

Below are a few pictures from the day’s events. A huge thanks to Leah for the idea, initiative and leadership to put the event together, to the staff who made the trip, and everyone who organised sessions throughout the days and nights.

Some of our companions for the three days.  Photo credit: A. Tindale

Some of our companions for the three days.
Photo credit: A. Tindale

 

One of the drawcards at Kioloa: working outside in the sun! This task was run by Steph, who challenged us to think about why we are here in academia. Photo credit: L. Head

One of the drawcards at Kioloa: working outside in the sun! This task was run by Steph, who challenged us to think about why we are here in academia.
Photo credit: L. Head

One of the highlights of the trip was a Q and A panel on writing, expertly hosted by Lesley Head (watch out Tony Jones!). Before the show, attendants had the chance to submit a question for the experts. The night’s panelists included (from left): Thomas Birtchnell, Natascha Klocker, Chris Gibson and Chantel Carr. All in front of a live audience – and live ‘tweeting’ on the whiteboard! Photo credit: J. Westgate

One of the highlights of the trip was a Q and A panel on writing, expertly hosted by Lesley Head (watch out Tony Jones!). Before the show, attendants had the chance to submit a question for the experts. The night’s panelists included (from left): Thomas Birtchnell, Natascha Klocker, Chris Gibson and Chantel Carr. All in front of a live audience – and live ‘tweeting’ on the whiteboard!
Photo credit: J. Westgate

The ‘live tweets’ from the Q and A writing panel.  Photo credit: C. Wilkinson

The ‘live tweets’ from the Q and A writing panel.
Photo credit: C. Wilkinson

The up and coming faculty band Highfalutin’ rehearsing for their headline slot at the retreat on Wednesday night. Members include Chris Gibson (vocals, guitar), Shaun McKiernan (vocals, guitar), Nick Skilton (vocals, banjo) and Chris Brennan-Horley (drums). Watch this space!  Photo credit: L. Head

The up and coming faculty band Highfalutin’ rehearsing for their headline slot at the retreat on Wednesday night. Members include Chris Gibson (vocals, guitar), Shaun McKiernan (vocals, guitar), Nick Skilton (vocals, banjo) and Chris Brennan-Horley (drums). Watch this space!
Photo credit: L. Head

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About Charles Gillon

Charles Gillon is a PhD candidate at the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and the Australian Centre of Cultural Environmental Research (AUSCCER), University of Wollongong. His current research is concerned with cultures of homemaking, nature and finance and their translation into lived experiences of housing in coastal Australia. You can follow Charles on Twitter @CharlieGillon.

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