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Last year about this time there was a Zakopane Quantum Gravity School, we got some great pictures reports and comment from Francesca, F-H, Alejandro Satz, and also the main coordinator Richard Kostecki posted some here at PF about it.

Zakopane is a beautiful ski resort. They needed more and larger whiteboards but otherwise it seemed perfect. It was put on for about 70 postdocs and graduate students beginning research in QG, so it covered a broad menu of active research topics.

Now this year the ESF (European Science Foundation) people have organized another QG event there, but this time it is a WORKSHOP which is different from a school. It is for established experts----invitation only.

Here is a brief summary:

* LQG dynamics: Master constraint programme, status of Hamiltonian constraint, volume operator, relational observables, Loop Quantum Cosmology

* Spin foam models: The new models, effective non-commutative field theory, graviton propagator, Group Field Theory, continuum/semiclassical limit

* Relation between LQG and Spin-foam models: Kinematics, dynamics, covariant LQG, Group Field Theory, 2+1 gravity

Here is the organizing committee:

Hanno Sahlmann

Fernando Barbero

John Barrett

Kristina Giesel

Jerzy Lewandowski

Daniele Oriti

The workshop has a clear focus on Loop-Foam QG, so that some important related areas aren't covered----Triangulaions (CDT), Braid Matter (bid to get the standard particles topologically in LQG spin networks), Asymptotic Safety, ties to Noncommutative Geometry, Modified Gravity. The narrow focus is timely because progress now being made in QG dynamics seems to resolve longstanding difficulties in that department.

Last year about this time there was a Zakopane Quantum Gravity School, we got some great pictures reports and comment from Francesca, F-H, Alejandro Satz, and also the main coordinator Richard Kostecki posted some here at PF about it.

Zakopane is a beautiful ski resort. They needed more and larger whiteboards but otherwise it seemed perfect. It was put on for about 70 postdocs and graduate students beginning research in QG, so it covered a broad menu of active research topics.

Now this year the ESF (European Science Foundation) people have organized another QG event there, but this time it is a WORKSHOP which is different from a school. It is for established experts----invitation only.

Here is a brief summary:

* LQG dynamics: Master constraint programme, status of Hamiltonian constraint, volume operator, relational observables, Loop Quantum Cosmology

* Spin foam models: The new models, effective non-commutative field theory, graviton propagator, Group Field Theory, continuum/semiclassical limit

* Relation between LQG and Spin-foam models: Kinematics, dynamics, covariant LQG, Group Field Theory, 2+1 gravity

Here is the organizing committee:

Hanno Sahlmann

Fernando Barbero

John Barrett

Kristina Giesel

Jerzy Lewandowski

Daniele Oriti

The workshop has a clear focus on Loop-Foam QG, so that some important related areas aren't covered----Triangulaions (CDT), Braid Matter (bid to get the standard particles topologically in LQG spin networks), Asymptotic Safety, ties to Noncommutative Geometry, Modified Gravity. The narrow focus is timely because progress now being made in QG dynamics seems to resolve longstanding difficulties in that department.

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