Thursday morning, Alex took off for Bremen, Germany to attend COSPAR's 38th scientific assembly.
COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) was originally formed in 1958, shortly after the USSR launched the first Earth Satellite, with the objective to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. Complete background on the organization can be found here: link.
Alex's invited talk, Sunday afternoon, is on titled "CASSINI RADAR OBSERVATIONS OF THE NATURE AND SEASONAL VARIBILITY OF TITAN'S LAKES". See his full abstract here: link. One of the great things about this talk is it allows him to pull from most of his thesis research on Titan's lakes and consolidate it into a 20 min overview version.
No trip to Europe would be complete with out some fun, however. Besides enjoying the beer festival (and sausages!) that Bremen currently has going on, Alex will head up to Norway for a few days. There, he'll be connecting with some of his father's relatives for the first time. He should have wonderful pictures and stories to share when he returns!