17 April 2018 - 18 April 2018
West Court Conference Center, Jesus College, Cambridge

Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk (CCCR) 2018

The Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk 2018 discusses recent developments in the field of existential and global catastrophic risk research and the specific challenges that have arisen in this work in the recent years.

© Michael Beckwith | public domain

© Michael Beckwith | public domain

The main focus is on four themes, relating to challenges faced by research communities focused on existential and global catastrophic risk research. This include challenges of evaluation and impact assessment, challenges of evidence, challenges of scope and focus, and challenges in Communication.

Many of the challenges researchers in these communities face are not unique to existential risk research and there is substantial scope for learning from the experiences of other fields. Consequently, the conference has been tailored towards these learning opportunities, with a mix of participants within and beyond the existential and global catastrophic risk research communities.

IIASA Senior Research Scholar Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler was asked to participate in this invite-only event to give his expertise within the evaluation and impact assessment challenges. The main focus and final goal of the conference is the exploration how to approach the establishment of a new interdisciplinary sub-field that can tackle extreme technological risks in a systematic way. 

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Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler

Senior Research Scholar

Risk and Resilience

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