Earlier this month there was a workshop on twisted K-theory held at Oberwolfach. Here is a report, also slides from a talk there by Greg Landweber about the Freed-Hopkins-Teleman theorem. Freed is giving a course on the subject this fall, and Hopkins is giving a series of lectures about TQFT in Gottingen this week. Urs Schreiber has reports on the lectures here and here. Also at the n-category cafe is an advertisement by John Baez for the work of my new Columbia colleague Aaron Lauda on TQFT, which I’ll second here. For yet more on TQFT, see notes by Kevin Walker here, and the book by Bakalov and Kirillov, an early version of which is on-line.
Last week in Paris there was a conference dedicated to Joel Scherk, celebrating 30 years of supergravity.
There’s an interesting interview with Alain Connes on the French TV network ARTE here. For his recent work on non-commutative geometry and the standard model, see this preprint, and talks here from the on-going workshop at the Newton Institute in Cambridge.