This report covers the period September - December 2021 and outlines our activities and future plans. Highlights of the last three months include:
- We published ten papers – including one in Science, on future foods, geoengineering, representation of indigenous peoples in international law, AI and competition law, the impact of COVID-19 on research, generality in AI, trustworthy AI development, zoonosis, urban resilience, and the transformative potential of AI.
- We presented and participated in numerous events. A particular highlight being a summit of universal owners (large institutional investors) co-hosted with Jesus College ahead of COP26, which saw investor managers with responsibility for billions of dollars engaging with global catastrophic risks and how to reduce them
- Five policy reports, including a horizon scan of issues in dual use research of concern co-produced with the World Health Organization, and the Cambridge Principles for systemic stewardship by universal owners coming out of our summit. CSER’s work was also prominently featured in the UK House of Lords’ “Preparing for Extreme Risks: Building a Resilient Society” and in the UN Disaster Risk Reduction’s report “A Framework for Global Science In Support of Risk-informed Sustainable Development and Planetary Health”.
- We welcomed a second Academic Programme Manager, Paul Ingram, to help coordinate our increasingly ambitious and diverse research programmes and build a stronger future for the Centre.
- Our researchers have appeared on podcasts highlighting their research to a wide and engaged audience, including Russell Brand’s Under the Skin, the BBC’s Naked Reflections, and 21st Talks, while our work has been featured in the Financial Times and BBC Future
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