12 Dec 2016 - 14 Dec 2016 All day Clare College, Cambridge


Registration coming soon. Please contact the conference organisers for information.

The past five years have seen rapid growth in what Jaan Tallinn calls the “xrisk ecosystem” – a thriving community of researchers and others, inside and outside academia, united by a common interest in potential serious hazards of powerful and beneficial new technologies. This conference aims to bring this community together, to ask ourselves where our efforts should best be directed, over the rest of the decade and beyond.

Each of the three days of the conference will focus on one of these areas:

  • Machine Intelligence: Creating A Community for Beneficial AI
  • Depreciation of Earth Systems: Biodiversity, Climate and Environmental Risks
  • Bioengineering: Lessons from Recent Cases for Building Engagement between Communities

Within each focus area we will aim to explore these three themes:

  • Current best understanding of risks and mitigation strategies
  • Lessons from the history of engagement with these risks, in academia, industry and the policy world
  • Future directions for the ecosystem engaging with the risks
  • There will also be several keynotes tying together lessons learned and steps forward from across the range of extreme technological risks

The conference is organized by the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) and supported by the Templeton World Charity Foundation as part of the ‘Managing Extreme Technological Risk’ research programme.

Call for Papers

We invite graduate, early and mid-career researchers to submit abstracts for interdisciplinary contributed paper sessions, which will take place on the second day of the conference. Abstracts are invited on any aspect of:

  • Machine Intelligence: Creating a community for beneficial AI
  • Depreciation of Earth Systems: Biodiversity, climate and environmental risks
  • Bioengineering: Lessons from recent case for building engagement between communities

We welcome submissions from diverse fields, such as sciences, ethics and governance – as we work to grow the community engaging with catastrophic and existential risks.

Abstracts should be a minimum of 500 words, in a Word or PDF document. Please also include the name(s), contact details, and a short speaker biography (maximum 200 words). Abstracts sghould be submitted by email to CCCR2016.conference@gmail.com by 16:00 GMT on 18 October 2016, using the subject line 'Abstract'.

Abstracts will go through a review process and we will notify you of our decision by the end of October 2016.


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk