Book Launch: The Era of Global Risk

This event will serve to launch an ambitious new book – The Era of Global Risk.

This volume curates 11 specially commissioned essays that give a comprehensive and accessible overview of the emerging science of existential risk studies and is edited by SJ Beard, Clarissa Rios Rojas, and Catherine Richards of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), with Professor Lord Martin Rees.

The launch event will take the form of a panel discussion involving four of the book's contributing authors, with SJ Beard acting as chair and Martin Rees providing introductory remarks. The panellists are: Lara Mani, whose chapter explores the risk from asteroids and volcanoes and who is CSER’s lead researcher on communications and public engagement; Lalitha Sundaram, a pathologist and biosecurity expert whose chapter looks at different models of scientific governance; Kayla Lucero-Matteucci, a PhD student and CSER Research Affiliate who has written about the military applications of AI and nuclear winter; and Nancy Connell, Professor and Vice-chair for Research in the Division of Infectious Disease in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and world-leading researcher on Global Catastrophic Biological Risk.

This panel discussion will provide an engaging, insightful and hopeful discussion of the multiple overlapping challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century. While acknowledging that we are currently living through an era of global risk, it also aims to show that, with foresight and courage, humanity has the power to bring that era to a close and move on to a future of existential hope.


  • Chair: SJ Beard
  • Martin Rees
  • Lara Mani
  • Lalitha Sundaram
  • Kayla Lucero-Matteucci
  • Nancy Connell

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