Videos of our 2020 Conference

09 December 2020

We held the Cambridge Conference on Catastrophic Risk '2020 Hindsight: Our Final Century Revisited’ (CCCR 2020) - our third major international conference - over 16-19 November 2020. The videos of the conference sessions are now available.

The videos for our ‘CCCR’ conferences in 2016 and 2018 are also available..

Our 2020 conference drew on key themes from Lord Martin Rees’ seminal 2003 book Our Final Century, and reflected on the growth and development of the field of global catastrophic risk research over the last decades. CCCR2020 is one of the few forums in the world discussing such issues. We hope the conference contributed to the further development of the community working on global risks, and its engagement with other relevant groups.

Welcome and Keynote from Lord Martin Rees

Pre-2000: What global catastrophic risk researchers can learn from the history of global catastrophic risk.

Simon Beard (CSER), Francesco Calogero (Pugwash Council ex officio), and Malcolm Potts (University of California, Berkeley).

50/50: Assessing the chances of a global catastrophe.

Sabin Roman (CSER), Nancy Connell (Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security) and Karim Jebari (Institute for Future Studies).

Are we nearly there yet? Taking the long and longer-term view of humanity.

Clarissa Rios Rojas (CSER), Sheri Wells-Jensen (Bowling Green State University) and Anders Sandberg (University of Oxford).

Global justice and global catastrophic risk: Between error and terror.

Natalie Jones (CSER), Ndidi Nwaneri (International Development Ethics Association) and Bentley Allan (Johns Hopkins University).

Threats without enemies: natural global disasters and their consequences.

Lara Mani (CSER), Doug Erwin (Smithsonian Institute) and Lindley Johnson (NASA).

Governing science: Does it matter who is doing our scientific research and why?

Lalitha Sundaram (CSER), Heather Roff (Johns Hopkins University), Stuart Parkinson (Scientists for Global Responsibility), Jess Whittlestone (CSER), and Tom Hobson (CSER).

Global catastrophic environmental risks: systemic collapse from anthropogenic environmental change.

Luke Kemp (CSER), Jason Hickel (Goldsmiths, University of London), Joan Diamond (Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere), and Veerabhadran Ramanathan (University of California, San Diego).

Catherine Rhodes' closing remarks

Special bonus - fireside chats

As an 'after-hours' event Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh hosted two informal fireside chats to allow participants to chew over the presentations.

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