Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk 2024

17th - 18th September 2024, Cambridge

Since 2016, CSER has held a biannual conference aimed at fostering the field of global catastrophic risk studies. Having established a close network of researchers, many of whom contributed to the recent collection of essays on the Era of Global Risk, this year’s event aims to grow that community further. 


CCCR24 Poster

Conference overview

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 2024 Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk to be held in-person in Cambridge on the 17-18th September 2024.

The conference aims to break silos between different communities and to share experiences and approaches to studying, governing, mitigating and preventing global catastrophic risks.

This is a highly interdisciplinary conference and we therefore welcome contributions from students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers from across disciplines and perspectives. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers and from participants that have not engaged with CSER before. 

At the same time as launching this call for abstracts, CSER researchers and others that study catastrophic and existential risk signed a statement of essential principles for long-term survival - for this field of study and the humans and environment that it hopes to protect.

Sessions include:

  • The global risk landscape is increasingly complex and interconnected: what does this mean for understanding and mitigating global catastrophic risk?
  • In what ways could historical research enhance our ability to prepare for future crises?
  • Some areas of potential catastrophic risk are emerging or understudied: where is there emerging technical knowledge, novel causes of risk or potential solutions that are not widely studied?
  • How could global catastrophic risk be incorporated into the mainstream plans for international disaster risk reduction,  and how can we design more inclusive forms of resilience and response?
  • How can intergovernmental institutions advance the governance of global catastrophic risks?

Read more about CSER's previous conferences here

Please note: Attendee registration will open in the summer

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts has now closed. Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the main author by 27th May 2024


    Speakers will be expected to pay a conference fee and attend the conference in-person: 

    • Full Conference package: £160
    • Ticket without dinner: £120
    • Student full conference package: £110
    • Student ticket without dinner: £80

    There are a limited number of needs-assessed bursaries available to all attendees to assist with tickets costs, visas, travel or accommodation. Applications for these will open once abstracts have been accepted.

    Further Information

    Date: 17th - 18th September 2024

    Location: The conference is being held in-person in central Cambridge, UK.

    For more information about Cambridge including travel and accomodation options, click here.

    If you have any questions about the Conference, please email