The Marcel Grossmann meeting is a major international conference held every three years--on "recent developments in theoretical and experimental general relativity, astrophysics and relativistic field theories." The twelfth in the series--MG12--was in Paris last month. Abhay Ashtekar chaired the July 14 plenary session (at which Laurent Freidel, Herbert Hamber, and Juan Maldacena spoke) and then later, on July 16, Ashtekar gave this presentation: http://www.icra.it/MG/mg12/talks/sqg2_ashtekar.pdf "Recent advances in Loop Quantum Cosmology" If you want to know where that field is and where it's going, that is obviously the PDF file to check out. Marcel Twelve was attended by 886 scientists. It is a premier event and definitive of a lot of things. So it's worth paying attention to some of the talks.