The conference Loops'07 takes place this week in Morelia, Mexico.
The Colegio de San Nicolás in Morelia, where the Loops'07 takes place this week.
Well, I can't tell you much more than what you can read on the web page. Bee could, as she has just arrived there, after a neat 36 hour trip (I guess she has wasted at least one week sitting around in airports and train stations over the last month or so...). But there seems to be no stable Internet connection at the conference venue, or at the hotel where she stays.
So, we will have to be a little patient to hear first-hand accounts about the latest news in "Foundational questions of quantum gravity, Loop quantum gravity, Spin foam models, Dynamical triangulations, Causal sets, String theory, Cosmology related to quantum gravity, Phenomenology of quantum gravity" (topics from the conference web page) - and the same for photos with loopy physicists in Mexico ;-)
Update: here is a short first report by Bee sent via BlackBerry (June 26, 2007 8:26:10 PM GMT+02:00):
Morelia is a charming city, though quite noisy, and it's hard to get around with my Spanish skills or rather absense thereof (my Spanish is even worse than my Italian and Polish). The trip (air france, Frankfurt-Paris-Mexico City-Morelia) was somewhat annoying. My-stupid-bag remained in Paris, the transatlantic flight was delayed and so I missed the onward flight. Since it turned out to have been the last flight to Morelia that evening I had to spend a very mediocre night in Mexico City, and arrived in Morelia yesterday morning just in time for the first talk. (The hotel people then insisted I had no reservation, and my bag still hasn't reappeared - so much about the joys of travelling).
The conference is very interesting so far. It is my first time at the Loops and since I'm new in the community I'm somewhat nervous about my talk on Friday. The topics are very diverse, ranging from foundations of quantum mechanics over loop quantum gravity to semiclassical quantum field theory in curved backgrounds etc. The Strings 07 is also this week in Madrid, so its unsurprising that there isn't much stringy stuff around here (e.g. I haven't seen any ducks, just chickens).
Being the phenomenologist I of course find the phenomenology somewhat underrepresented - the Trieste workshop was much better balanced for my interests.
I've meet a lot of people here in Morelia I only knew by email so far, and my hair is standing upright - not only because I couldn't comb it for several days but because the atmosphere is very stimulating - there are so many interesting aspects I only begin to understand... (Plus the absence of a wireless significantly increases my attention span, I'll have to think about this...)
My name-tag says International Conference on Quantum Gravity and I can't avoid but think this is what I've always wanted to work on, and that I am very happy to be part of it - baggage or no baggage.
Rumors reached me that the hotel across the street from mine has internet access, so I'll try to check the arxiv in the evening...
Sent from a researcher in motion