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February 2017

Biological Extinction (Invite only workshop)

February 27 - March 1

Workshop on Biological Extinction jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and held at the Vatican. The Chair of our Management Committee, Sir Partha Dasgupta, was one of the organisers and presented on the workshop's 'Goals and Objectives' and the 'Summary and Conclusions'. He also spoke about 'Why We Are in the Sixth Extinction and What It Means to Humanity', while our co-founder Lord Martin Rees spoke about 'Extinction: What it Means to Us'. Read…

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March 2017

Extreme Ageing – Professor Sarah Harper

March 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgewick Site
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Professor Sarah Harper will give a talk on “Extreme Ageing” the seventh of the popular Darwin Lecture Series, which this year is co-convened by CSER Research Associate Julius Weitzdoerfer. The talk will be able to be viewed on the Darwin College Lectures website. The ‘Extremes’ lecture series take place every Friday during Lent term (January to March). The lectures are given at 5.30 p.m. in The Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, with an adjacent overflow theatre with live TV coverage. Each lecture is typically…

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Climate Change, Morphing into an Existential Threat – Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hamied Auditorium, Christ’s College, Hamied Auditorium, Christ's College, 46 King Street
Cambridge, CB1 1AH United Kingdom
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This lecture is organised by the Centre for Science and Policy in partnership with Professor Charles Kennel, Christ's College and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. This event is free to attend but numbers are limited, please register for this event here. There are two climate seminar series running this term as part of In it for the long run: A series of events on tackling climate change. One series is organised by the Centre for Science and Policy in partnership…

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Reporting from Extreme Environments – Lyse Doucet

March 10 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgewick Site
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Lyse Doucet will give a talk on “Reporting from Extreme Environments” the eight of the popular Darwin Lecture Series, which this year is co-convened by CSER Research Associate Julius Weitzdoerfer. The talk will be able to be viewed on the Darwin College Lectures website. The ‘Extremes’ lecture series take place every Friday during Lent term (January to March). The lectures are given at 5.30 p.m. in The Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, with an adjacent overflow theatre with live TV coverage. Each lecture is typically attended…

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Artificial Intelligence, Decision Theory, and Severe Uncertainty (Workshop)

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Old Combination Room, Trinity College, Trinity College
Cambridge, CB2 1TQ United Kingdom
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On March 17, a workshop on artificial intelligence, decision theory and severe uncertainty will be running at the University of Cambridge, with the following talks planned: Arif Ahmed (Cambridge) - Rationality and Future Discounting Richard Bradley (LSE) - Deciding with Confidence Catrin Campbell-Moore (Bristol) - Risk Avoidance Can't be Accurate Huw Price and Yang Liu (Cambridge) - Heart of DARCness Bernhard Salow (Cambridge) - TBC The workshop will run from the Old Combination Room, at Trinity College. We will gather…

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Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention: Where Next? (Invitation only workshop)

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Led by Catherine Rhodes, Academic Project Manager, CSER and Malcolm Dando, Bradford Disarmament Research Centre While there was potential to make progress in several areas, the Eighth Review Conference failed to move things forward, and has left the process for the next few years largely undirected. This workshop will include discussion of: The outcomes of the Review Conference, the reasons for the lack of progress, and what these might indicate in terms of challenges and opportunities over the next few…

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