18 September 2017 - 19 September 2017
IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

Delegation from the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Visit IIASA

A delegation from the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge visited IIASA from 18-19 September 2017.

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The delegation met with IIASA program directors and researchers to learn more about IIASA research programs and to explore collaborating further on research they have been conducting, on mixing anthropological methods and agent-based modelling.

The research examines challenges and opportunities in the implementation of risk mitigation strategies, particularly in areas involving high uncertainty and heterogeneous or conflicting interests and incentives.

The delegation was made up of the following representatives:

  • Rosamunde Almond (Executive Secretary, Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment)
  • Shahar Avin (Research Associate, Center for the Study of Existential Risk)
  • Simon Beard (Research Associate, Center for the Study of Existential Risk)
  • Julius Weitzdörfer (Charles & Katharine Darwin Research Fellow; Affiliated Lecturer; Director of Studies, University of Cambridge, and Research Associate, Center for the Study of Existential Risk)

About the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is an interdisciplinary research centre within the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse. Our research brings together some of the best minds from academia, industry and the policy world to examine these risks.

To reap the enormous benefits of technological progress while safely navigating the potentially catastrophic pitfalls, powerful new technologies should be safe and beneficial. We focus especially on under-studied high-impact risks – those that might result in a global catastrophe, or even threaten human extinction, even if only with low probability. We aim to identify which risks need to be taken seriously and which can safely be dismissed as science fiction.

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