How We Work

A highly interdisciplinary approach, with active links to technology and policy communities, is fundamental to our work, and this shapes the design of our research projects. We also recognise that the issues and challenges we address are of public interest, and so we pay careful attention to communication and engagement with public audiences.

CSER is structured around a core research team, an active Management Committee, and a highly distinguished Advisory Board, through which we draw on additional expertise. We are developing strong collaborative links with groups across the University of Cambridge – such as the Centre for Science and Policy, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the Cambridge Machine Learning Group, the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative, and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities – and with other relevant groups in the UK and internationally.

We utilise various mechanisms to engage relevant expertise, disseminate information, and help to build a broader community working to address existential risks. These include:

  • Regular workshops bringing together key policy-makers and researchers;
  • A series of international conferences, starting in December 2016;
  • High-profile presentations, lectures and interviews;
  • An expert visitor programme;
  • Horizon-scanning activities; and
  • Embedding of researchers in leading R&D facilities.

Among other outputs, these activities will lead, for example, to: tailored reports assessing particular areas of risk; roadmaps for the expected developments of technologies; and industry and policy recommendations for safe development; as well as peer-reviewed research papers and monographs.