Bee Hossenfelder (who used to post here as "Hossi") has organized a 5-day workshop on XQG. A brief summary with links: http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/esqg07/ The schedule of talks (5 Nov - 9 Nov) is here http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/en/Events/Experimental_Search_for_Quantum_Gravity/Schedule/ Hossenfelder will give the opening talk and Lee Smolin will give the closing summary Some remarks on what it was like to put the workshop together (actually a small conference) are in this Backreaction blog entry http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2007/10/experimental-search-for-quantum-gravity.html EDIT: John Ellis talk (title "to be announced") is scheduled for Tuesday 6 Nov at 4 PM. Be there or be square. He was one of those who scandalized the nascent XQG community by putting an energy-dependent speed of light spin on MAGIC telescope results back in August. If he avoids this potentially embarrassing topic, or recants, it will surely occasion comment. There has been no followup from the MAGIC group in the intervening months although they have posted many papers on other topics. Maybe John Ellis has some more observational data from the MAGIC collaboration. Or maybe not. If anyone is there who posts on PF please let us know and relieve the suspense. =============== So far the best thing about this workshop (or mini-conference) is what Hossenfelder said about it in blog: Only little more than one week to go to our workshop on 'Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity'. If you recall earlier mentioning of my planning for this event, this is the workshop that originally was titled something with 'phenomenology'. However, in times where people seriously talk about 'qualitative predictions', and 'phenomenology' is turning into a widely abused advertisement slogan, I felt like I had to make really clear what I meant. In addition, 'experimental' is easier to pronounce than 'phenomenological'. nice thing about Bee is she speaks clearly, oftentimes.