Jose Figueroa is in the Math Physics group at Edinburgh and his research centers on string and susy: http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~jmf/ There was a big conference in Poland just now (ending today 3 July) which was interesting partly because it was mixed. Stringers gave talks alongside nonstring QG folks. It was a weeklong conference on the Planck Scale. Jose Figueroa is not only a mathematical physicist, he is also a blogger. And he blogged it: http://empg.maths.ed.ac.uk/blog/?p=503 "I recently returned from Wrocław (a.k.a. Breslau) where I attended the first three days of the XXV Max Born Symposium: the Planck scale..." I would say he has some blind spots but that from a certain perspective his comments are insightful and interesting. I posted a partial speakers list for the Planck Scale conference back in April, in the Introduction to LQG thread: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=2154099#post2154099 Here is the complete list: http://www.ift.uni.wroc.pl/~planckscale/index.html?page=timetable It seemed significant that another string theorist, Robert Helling, chose to go and deliver a paper at the Planck Scale conference in Poland rather than attend Strings 2009 in Rome. Mixed or non-exclusionary has become fashionable. I commented on the broader trend and mentioned some other mixed conferences here: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=2195225#post2195225 ================== That said by way of introduction, what physics intelligence might we glean by a careful reading of Figueroa's report?