Speaking Engagements

GCRI affiliates have spoken about GCR topics at a range of professional conferences, public forums, and other settings. We have spoken at distinguished venues such as the United Nations, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Library of Congress, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. We spoke at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna to an audience of 1,000 diplomats, experts, and activists at an international nuclear weapons conference. We have spoken at Oxford and Princeton Universities and several US National Labs. We have also spoken to the American Preppers Network, a retirement community, a small group of undergraduates, and a Unitarian Universalist fellowship. Our speaking engagements are listed below. This list does not include GCRI’s sessions at Society for Risk Analysis conferences.

2016

Risks of Artificial Superintelligence, a talk by Roman Yampolskiy at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, 9 November 9, Lisbon.

The Dividing Line Between Humans and Machines, a web summit with Roman Yampolskiy, 8 November, Lisbon.

Risks and Rewards of Artificial Intelligence, a panel discussion with Roman Yampolskiy and four others at Envision Conference, 3 December, Princeton.

Global Catastrophe and the Future of Consciousness, a talk by Seth Baum at YHouse YCafé Consciousness Club, 9 November, New York City.

Scary Weapons, a talk by Seth Baum at Story Collider, 18 October, Brooklyn.

Long Term AI Safety, a presentation by Roman Yampolskiy at “Free and Safe in Cyberspace – EU Edition”, Brussels (via video), 23 September 2016.

Pathways to Dangerous AI, a presentation by Roman Yampolskiy at Aarhus University (via video), 15 September 15 2016.

Feeding Everyone Without the Sun and/or Industry, a presentation by Dave Denkenberger at the Oxford University Future of Humanity Institute, 5 September 2016, Oxford.

Feeding Everyone Without the Sun and/or Industry, a presentation by Dave Denkenberger at Effective Altruism London, 3 September 2016, London.

Feeding Everyone Without the Sun and/or Industry, a presentation by Dave Denkenberger at the Cambridge University Center for the Study of Existential Risk, 2 September 2016, Cambridge, UK. Video

Scenario Planning for Global Agricultural Catastrophes, a workshop by Dave Denkenberger and AR Taylor at the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, September 2016, Davos.

Non Food Needs if Industry is Disabled, a poster presentation by Dave Denkenberger at the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, August 2016, Davos.

Feeding Everyone if Industry is Disabled, a poster presentation by Dave Denkenberger at the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, August 2016, Davos.

Vitamins in Agricultural Catastrophes, a poster presentation by Dave Denkenberger at the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, August 2016, Davos.

Integrative Risk Management for catastrophe destroying 10-20% of global food supply, a presentation by Dave Denkenberger and AR Taylor at the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, August 2016, Davos.

Scenario Planning for Global Agricultural Catastrophes, a workshop by Dave Denkenberger at Effective Altruism Global, August 2016, Berkeley.

What’s the Big Idea?, a panel discussion with Seth Baum of GCRI and Konstantinos Karachalios of IEEE at the Soho House. 14 March, New York City.

2015

The World in 2025, 2035, and 2045, a panel discussion with Seth Baum of GCRI, David Biello of Scientific American, and Melanie Swan of the New School for Social Research, moderated by James Hughes of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Part of the event World Technology Summit and Awards. 20 November, New York City.

Alternative Food Production: Human Nutrition from Inedible Materials, a talk by David Denkenberger and Jeff Greenblatt at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Disruptive Innovation Festival, 2 November 2015, online.

Extreme Food System Shock, a talk by David Denkenberger at the Second International Conference on Global Food Security. 13 October 2015, Ithaca, NY.

Extreme Food System Shock, a talk by David Denkenberger at the Cornell Alliance for Science. 12 October 2015, Ithaca, NY.

Understanding the Shape of Things to Come, a panel discussion with Seth Baum of GCRI, Anthony Janetos of the Boston University Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Nicolas Miailhe of the Harvard Kennedy School Future Society, and Richard Mallah of the Future of Life Institute. Part of the event Poles Apart, Melting Together: Science & the Humanities Confront the Anthropocene, hosted by the Boston University Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning. 27 June, Boston.

Life in the Anthropocene: The Future of Earth’s Biosphere, a poster session hosted by Jacob Haqq-Misra at AbSciCon, the Astrobiology Science Conference. 15-19 June, Chicago.

How Bad Could It Get? Risk Analysis of Nuclear Winter, a talk by Seth Baum at the United Nations 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. 6 May 2015, New York City.

Ask Me Anything, an interactive conversation with Seth Baum at the Effective Altruism Forum website, 7-9pm US ET. Announcements at Effective Altruism Forum and LessWrong. 3 March 2015, online.

The Future of Life on Earth, a panel discussion with GCRI Executive Director Seth Baum, Columbia University Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs, and Future of Life Institute Co-Founder Max Tegmark. The event is at the 92nd Street Y as part of their 7 Days of Genius festival. Listen to the event audio. 1 March 2015, New York City.

The Catastrophic Risk of Nuclear War, a talk by Seth Baum at a public conference The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, hosted by the Helen Caldicott Foundation at the New York Academy of Medicine. Watch the conference video. 28 February 2015, New York City.

New Backup Food Solutions for Catastrophes, a talk by Dave Denkenberger for the American Preppers Network. Watch the replay. 8 January 2015, online.

2014

What Is the Risk of Nuclear War?, a talk by Seth Baum at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. See the talk text (pdf), slides (pdf), video (YouTube, beginning at 49:40), and coverage on the Society for Risk Analysis website. 8-9 December 2014, Vienna.

Feeding Everyone No Matter What: Managing Food Security after Global Catastrophe, a talk by Dave Denkenberger at the Building Systems Program seminar. 9 December 2014, Boulder, CO.

Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Kill Crops or Obscure the Sun, a talk by Dave Denkenberger for the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. Audio & handout at the event page. 20 November 2014, online.

How the World Could Come to an End in the Twenty-first Century, and How to Prevent It, a talk by Dave Denkenberger to Life Long Learning at Fort Lewis College. The talk addressed these questions: Why should we care about global catastrophic risks? What are the major ones and what are potential solutions? 6 November 2014, Durango, CO.

Deterrence Theory and Global Catastrophic Risk Reduction, a seminar by Seth Baum at the Oxford University Future of Humanity Institute. 13 October 2014, Oxford.

Nuclear War Risk: Prior Estimations and Methodology, a talk by Seth Baum as part of a workshop “Risk Estimates for Global Challenges: Nuclear War”, hosted by the Oxford University Future of Humanity Institute and sponsored by the Global Challenges Foundation. 9 October 2014, Oxford.

Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Kill Crops or Obscure the Sun, a talk by Dave Denkenberger at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Sustainable Energy Systems Group. 26 August 2014, Berkeley.

Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Kill Crops or Obscure the Sun, a talk by Dave Denkenberger for the Global Systemic Risk Group at Princeton University. 12 August 2014, Princeton.

Navigating the High-Stakes Turbulence to Our Future, the keynote talk delivered by Seth Baum at the public conference Global Existential Risks & Radical Futures, hosted by Brighter Brains. 14 June 2014, Piedmont, CA.

Value of GCR Information: Cost Effective Reduction of Global Catastrophic Risks (GCRs), a talk by Tony Barrett at the Advances in Decision Analysis Conference. 16-18 June, Washington, DC.

The Risk of Inadvertent Nuclear War Between the United States and Russia, a talk by Seth Baum at the 2014 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference, formally the 2014 Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, held at the United Nations by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. 28 April-9 May 2014, New York City.

Nuclear Winter and the Search for Safer Deterrence, a talk by Seth Baum at a private meeting of experts from the United Nations Security Council “P5” Permanent Members (China, France, Russia, UK, USA), hosted by the United States Mission to the United Nations. 15 April 2014, New York City.

The Convergence of Anthropocentric and Ecocentric Values Towards Global Catastrophic Risk Reduction, a talk by Seth Baum at the Futurability Initiatives International Symposium 2014, hosted by the Kyoto-based Research Institute for Humanity and Nature. 24 March 2014, Tokyo.

The Great Downside Dilemma for Risky Emerging Technologies, a talk by Seth Baum at a public event Emerging technologies and the future of humanity, hosted by the Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences). The presentation was published in a paper with the same title. 17 March 2014, Stockholm.

2013

Preventing Armageddon, a talk by Dave Denkenberger to the Unitarian Universalist fellowship of Durango. The talk addressed these questions: Why should we care about global catastrophic risks? What are the major ones and what are potential solutions? Listen to the audio. 15 December 2013, Durango, CO.

Building an International Think Tank with Remote Collaboration, a talk by Seth Baum at the Climate-Friendly Climate Research Conference, hosted by Klimaforschungsnetzwerk Österreich/Climate Change Centre Austria. The talk discussed GCRI’s geographically decentralized organization design and what makes it work. 11-15 November 2013, online.

Career Panels and Networking Reception, a panel discussion featuring Seth Baum during the University of Rochester Meliora Weekend. Baum shared his experience going from an engineering undergraduate at UR to GCRI Executive Director. 10-13 October 2013, Rochester, NY.

The Longevity of Human Civilization: Will We Survive Our World-Changing Technologies?, a panel discussion with Jacob Haqq-Misra, held at the Library of Congress. Other panelists were Ken Caldeira of Stanford, Andrew Revkin of the New York Times, and Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute. Moderated by David Grinspoon of the Library of Congress. 12 September 2013, Washington DC.

Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Kill the Sun or Crops, a talk by Dave Denkenberger at Sandia National Laboratory, National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center. If agriculture is disrupted by catastrophes like abrupt climate change or nuclear winter, alternate foods may prevent mass starvation. These include growing bacteria on natural gas and growing mushrooms on dead trees. 8 August 2013, Albuquerque.

Feeding Everyone: Solving the Food Crisis in Event of Global Catastrophes that Kill the Sun or Crops, a talk by Dave Denkenberger at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Biosciences Division. 29 July 2013, Los Alamos.

Potential for Megadisasters, a session moderated by Seth Baum at the American Geophysical Union Science Policy Conference. 24-26 June 2013, Washington, DC.

The Ethics of Global Catastrophic Risk from Dual-Use Bioengineering, a talk by Seth Baum and Grant Wilson at the 7th Annual International Conference on Ethical Issues In Biomedical Engineering. The talk was published in the conference proceedings. 20-21 April 2013, Brooklyn.

2012

Ethics as an Integral Component of Geoengineering Analysis, a talk by Jacob Haqq-Misra at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. The talk was co-authored by N. Tuana, K. Keller, R. L. Sriver, T. Svoboda, R. Olson, and P.J. Irvine. 3-7 December 2012, San Francisco.

Analyzing and Reducing the Risks of Inadvertent Nuclear War Between the United States and Russia, a talk by Tony Barrett at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Program on Nuclear Issues Fall Conference. The talk was based on a paper with the same title. 18-19 October 2012, Washington, DC.

Global Catastrophic Risk Reduction as a Civilization Priority, a talk by Seth Baum at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature Futurability Seminar Series. 27 June 2012, Kyoto.

Do We Really Want A First Contact, a talk by Jacob Haqq-Misra at the Foxdale Village Retirement Community. 24 April 2012, State College, PA.

The Benefits and Harms of Transmitting into Space, a poster by Jacob Haqq-Misra and Seth Baum of GCRI together with with Michael Busch and Sanjoy Som at the Astrobiology Science Conference 2012. The presentation was based on their paper with the same title. 16-20 April 2012, Atlanta.

2011

Adversary Modeling and Defensive Decision Analysis for Robust Terrorism Risk Management, a talk by Tony Barrett at the Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting. 4-7 December 2011, Charleston, South Carolina.