Simone Speziale is teaching an introductory course on LQG, and Perimeter has the videos online. Lecture #1, 5 February: http://pirsa.org/08020008/ Lecture #2, 7 February: http://pirsa.org/08020012/ ===================== Lee Smolin is giving a more advanced QG course and there are about eight lectures online so far. Lecture 1 http://pirsa.org/08010033/ Lecture 2A http://pirsa.org/08010034/ Lecture 2B http://pirsa.org/08010040/ Lecture 3A http://pirsa.org/08010035/ Lecture 3B http://pirsa.org/08010041/ Lecture 4 http://pirsa.org/08010036/ Lecture 5A http://pirsa.org/08020024/ Lecture 5B http://pirsa.org/08020029/ ================== Kirill Krasnov has given a talk on SELF DUAL GRAVITY at the ILQGS, for which the slides are available. http://relativity.phys.lsu.edu/ilqgs/krasnov020508.pdf Here is the Spring 2008 schedule for the ILQGS http://relativity.phys.lsu.edu/ilqgs/schedulesp08.html Jan 22 Quantum gravity and the information loss problem Madhavan Varadarajan Raman Research Institute Feb 5 Self Dual Gravity Kirill Krasnov University of Nottingham Feb 19 Improved effective equations in loop quantum cosmology Victor Taveras PennState Mar 11 TBA Mar 25 Manifestly gauge invariant relativistic perturbation theory Kristina Giesel AEI Apr 8 TBA Apr 22 New developements in the definition of the spinfoam vertex, and the loop-spinfoam relation Carlo Rovelli Marseille May 6 QFT in Cosmological Space Times from LQC Speaker TBA For more information and links here is the main ILQGS page: http://relativity.phys.lsu.edu/ilqgs/ ================== Yidun Wan's seminar on network braid matter states http://pirsa.org/08010044/ ================== Renate Loll's group has recently posted two papers applying CDT (causal dynamical triangulations) to non-critical string (field) theory. "Extra dimensions" are not required in this approach.