Loops 2013 opens at Perimeter a couple of weeks from now and abstracts of some of the invited talks have been posted. Reading the abstracts can give an idea of the main trends in current QG research. It's also interesting to see who the invited speakers from outside are and what they will be talking about. There's a pattern for Loops conference organizers to invite plenary talks by a selection of people from neighboring fields (CDT, string, AsymSafe, ShapeDyn, cosmology&observational tests). It can be informative to see which particular topics the Loop researchers currently want most to hear about or engage with. It's also true that one of the invited speakers is a longtime PF member, who has contributed quite a bunch of interesting posts to this BtSM forum, so you might want to check the abstract and see what that speaker will be talking about. I thought the emphasis on cosmology (including observational and testing) was significant. I'll post some abstracts of invited talks and then give the list of plenary speakers as it stands so far.