The list of seminar and workshop talks has just been posted for the Corfu QG School that starts Monday 14 September, one week from today. This school has been designed by the ESF (Eur. Sci. Found.)'s QG arm to help get young researchers (PhD students and postdocs) started in the mainstream or most promising lines of nonstring QG research. It is a concentrated one week school. So we may be able to learn something both about QG and about how the ESF QG commission thinks about QG, by looking at the lineup. The school is divided between the lecture series and the separate workshop talks: In the lecture series, there are five speakers and each will give a sequence of five one-hour lectures. We already got that part---the titles and abstract summaries of the five lecture series (by Ashtekar, Baez, Barrett, Rivasseau, Rovelli) were already posted early this summer. The new information we have is the titles of some of the workshop talks. I already mentioned that Steve Giddings is giving one of those 45-minute workshop talks. I just registered that Derek Wise is also giving a workshop talk. Of course there are talks by Martin Reuter (AsymSafe) Jerzy Lewandowski (Loop) and Harald Grosse (Noncommutative). But it is interesting to see who you didn't expect and figuure why they were included in the school. These are supposed to be leads into promising lines of research, where progress is being made. I'll get a link to the program as of today. (It still has some TBAs.) http://www.physics.ntua.gr/corfu2009/Program/3rdWeekSchool.html Maybe Harald Grosse is not as familiar to us as Reuter or Lewandowski, so here is his Uni Vienna page: http://mathphys.univie.ac.at/index.php?id=1597 [Broken] I will copy out the list of lecture series and seminar talks to see what we can make of them.