Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Six Month Report April - September 2019

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Contents

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  2. Policy Engagement – Impact: 
  3. Industry Engagement – Impact:
  4. Academic Engagement – Field-building:
  5. Public Engagement – Field-building:
  6. Recruitment and research team6.1 Changes to CSER Management Team
  6.2 New Postdoctoral Research Associates and Research Assistants
  6.3 Visiting Researchers
  7. Upcoming events
  8. Publications
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The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) is an interdisciplinary research centre within the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to civilizational collapse or human extinction. Our research focuses on Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, Extreme Risks and the Global Environment, Risks from Artificial Intelligence, and Managing Extreme Technological Risks. Our work is shaped around three main goals:

Our last Six Month Report was in April 2019. Since then, we have continued to advance existential risk research and grow the field. Highlights include:

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Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Policy Engagement – Impact
  3. Industry Engagement – Impact
  4. Academic Engagement – Field-building
  5. Public Engagement – Field-building
  6. Recruitment and research team
    1. Changes to CSER Management Team
    2. New Postdoctoral Research Associates and Research Assistants
    3. Visiting Researchers
  7. Upcoming events
  8. Publications

2. Policy Engagement – Impact:

We have had the opportunity to speak directly with policymakers and institutions across the world who are grappling with the difficult and novel challenge of how to unlock the socially beneficial aspects of new technologies while mitigating their risks. Through advice and discussions, we have the opportunity to reframe the policy debate and to hopefully shape the trajectory of these technologies themselves.

3. Industry Engagement – Impact:

Researchers continued their extensive and deep collaboration with industry. Extending our links improves our research by exposing us to the cutting edge of industrial R&D, and helps to nudge powerful companies towards more responsible practices.

4. Academic Engagement – Field-building:

As an interdisciplinary research centre within Cambridge University, we seek to grow the academic field of existential risk research, so that it receives the rigorous and detailed attention it deserves.

5. Public Engagement – Field-building:

We are able to reach far more people with our research online:
11,243 website visitors over the last two months.
6,942 newsletter subscribers.
7,842 Twitter followers.
2,537 Facebook followers.

6. Recruitment and research team
6.1 Changes to CSER Management Team

From April, Dr Catherine Rhodes has taken on the role of Executive Director of CSER, with primary responsibility for leadership and management of the Centre’s research and operations. Dr Seán O hÉigeartaigh’s is now Co-Director of CSER, and Dr Simon Beard has started in the role of Academic Programme Manager. Haydn Belfield remains Academic Project Manager and Clare Arnstein remains Research Project Administrator.

6.2 New Postdoctoral Research Associates and Research Assistants

We have hired three Research Associates and two Research Assistants, and will be adding them to the Team page once they begin.

6.3 Visiting Researchers

7. Upcoming events

8. Publications

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