Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
Formation2012; 11 years ago (2012)
PurposeThe study and mitigation of existential risk
HeadquartersCambridge, England
Parent organization
University of Cambridge

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) is a research centre at the University of Cambridge, intended to study possible extinction-level threats posed by present or future technology.[1] The co-founders of the centre are Huw Price (Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge), Martin Rees (the Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society) and Jaan Tallinn (co-founder of Skype).[2]

Areas of focus

Managing extreme technological risks

Risks are associated with emerging and future technological advances and impacts of human activity. Managing these extreme technological risks is an urgent task - but one that poses particular difficulties and has been comparatively neglected in academia.[3]

Global catastrophic biological risks

Extreme risks and the global environment

Risks from advanced artificial intelligence

Media coverage

CSER has been covered in many different newspapers (particularly in the United Kingdom),[29][30][31] mostly covering different topics of interest. CSER was profiled on the front cover of Wired,[32] and in the special Frankenstein issue of Science in 2018.[33]


CSER Advisors include Cambridge academics such as:

And advisors such as:

See also


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  6. ^ "Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk 2018".
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  13. ^ "Biological Weapons Convention: Where Next?".
  14. ^ Wintle, Bonnie C.; Boehm, Christian R.; Rhodes, Catherine; Molloy, Jennifer C.; Millett, Piers; Adam, Laura; Breitling, Rainer; Carlson, Rob; Casagrande, Rocco; Dando, Malcolm; Doubleday, Robert; Drexler, Eric; Edwards, Brett; Ellis, Tom; Evans, Nicholas G.; Hammond, Richard; Haseloff, Jim; Kahl, Linda; Kuiken, Todd; Lichman, Benjamin R.; Matthewman, Colette A.; Napier, Johnathan A.; Óhéigeartaigh, Seán S.; Patron, Nicola J.; Perello, Edward; Shapira, Philip; Tait, Joyce; Takano, Eriko; Sutherland, William J. (2017). "A transatlantic perspective on 20 emerging issues in biological engineering". eLife. 6. doi:10.7554/eLife.30247. PMC 5685469. PMID 29132504.
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  17. ^ University of California (24 September 2015). "A 'Parking Lot Pitch' to the Pope". Retrieved 6 April 2019 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ Dasgupta, Partha; Raven, Peter; McIvor, Anna, eds. (2019). Biological Extinction edited by Partha Dasgupta. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108668675. ISBN 9781108668675. S2CID 241969653.
  19. ^ Amano, Tatsuya; Székely, Tamás; Sandel, Brody; Nagy, Szabolcs; Mundkur, Taej; Langendoen, Tom; Blanco, Daniel; Soykan, Candan U.; Sutherland, William J. (2017). "Successful conservation of global waterbird populations depends on effective governance". Nature. 553 (7687): 199–202. doi:10.1038/nature25139. PMID 29258291. S2CID 205262876.
  20. ^ Balmford, Andrew; Amano, Tatsuya; Bartlett, Harriet; Chadwick, Dave; Collins, Adrian; Edwards, David; Field, Rob; Garnsworthy, Philip; Green, Rhys; Smith, Pete; Waters, Helen; Whitmore, Andrew; Broom, Donald M.; Chara, Julian; Finch, Tom; Garnett, Emma; Gathorne-Hardy, Alfred; Hernandez-Medrano, Juan; Herrero, Mario; Hua, Fangyuan; Latawiec, Agnieszka; Misselbrook, Tom; Phalan, Ben; Simmons, Benno I.; Takahashi, Taro; Vause, James; Zu Ermgassen, Erasmus; Eisner, Rowan (2018). "The environmental costs and benefits of high-yield farming". Nature Sustainability. 1 (9): 477–485. doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0138-5. PMC 6237269. PMID 30450426.
  21. ^ Currie, Adrian (2018). "Geoengineering tensions" (PDF). Futures. 102: 78–88. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2018.02.002. hdl:10871/35739. S2CID 240258929.
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  23. ^ Berwick, Isabel (27 January 2019). "As business schools rethink what they do, so must the FT". Financial Times.
  24. ^ McMillan, Robert (16 January 2015). "AI Has Arrived, and That Really Worries the World's Brightest Minds". Wired. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  25. ^ "Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence".
  26. ^ "Decision & AI".
  27. ^ maliciousaireport.com
  28. ^ "Best Paper Award – Aies Conference".
  29. ^ Connor, Steve (14 September 2013). "Can We Survive?". The New Zealand Herald.
  30. ^ "CSER media coverage". Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. Archived from the original on 30 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  31. ^ "Humanity's Last Invention and Our Uncertain Future". University of Cambridge Research News. 25 November 2012.
  32. ^ Benson, Richard (12 February 2017). "Meet Earth's Guardians, the real-world X-men and women saving us from existential threats". Wired UK.
  33. ^ Kupferschmidt, Kai (12 January 2018). "Taming the monsters of tomorrow". Science. 359 (6372): 152–155. Bibcode:2018Sci...359..152K. doi:10.1126/science.359.6372.152. PMID 29326256.
  34. ^ "Team".