Alpbach Summer School

“Dear Ms MacArthur
We are pleased to inform you that your application has been accepted and that we can offer you a place in the Summer School Alpbach 2012. You will be granted a scholarship by the UK Space Agency.”

Best email I have received this year! Very excited and mildly terrified at the prospect of designing a mission to the outer planets, in a diverse international team of 15, in six days plus three days of lectures.  Having spoken with some Alpbach tutors since, the common advice seems to be “Make sure you come well rested and don’t expect to sleep, it will involve 20 hour working days”.