francesca has taught me to keep aware of the triannual rhythm of the two main international General Relativity and Gravitation conferences.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The Marcel Grossmann meetings that have been or will be held in 2000, 2003, 2006, ...

and the grg or "International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation" happening 2001, 2004, 2007,...

I want to note any trend in the impact of QR at these major international meetings.

The particular thing that sparked my interest was reading Ashtekar's paper that he gave in Berlin at the 2006 Marcel Grossmann.

It is extremely good. and has a kind of 'remedial education' role. The organizers insisted that he give a "recent advances" survey and a FAQ where he addressed the questions that non-LQG people had. I am glad the organizers did insist because he produced an excellent paper

Ashtekar's "LQG for string theorists" paper

http://arxiv.org/abs/0705.2222

Maybe that is the wrong term for it, but something like that. Very effective paper useful for wider-than-usual audience.

What I notice just looking at recent years (esp. 2006-2007) is the growing prominence of the Quantum Relativity people at the Marcel and the GRG. This may or may not be a trend and I want to check it out by inspecting

2000 Marcel Rome

2001 grg Durban (S.A.)

2002

2003 Marcel Rio

2004 grg Dublin (big Hawking blackhole hoopla)

2005

2006 Marcel Berlin---Ashtekar's invited talk giving survey, examples, and FAQ

2007 grg Sydney---Renate Loll and Laurent Freidel among featured speakers (simplex gravity, spinfoam gravity-and-matter)

2008

2009 Marcel...

2010 grg...

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