Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

Organization mission: An interdisciplinary research centre within the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse.

Primary Aims

  • Reduce risk — We aim to reduce the risk of human extinction or civilizational collapse.
  • Study risks — We work to understand extreme risks associated with emerging technologies and human activity; and to develop a methodological toolkit to aid us in identifying and evaluating future extreme risks.
  • Collaboration — We develop prevention and mitigation strategies in collaboration with academics, industry and policymakers, so we can gain the benefits and avoid the risks of technologic progress.
  • Community — We foster a reflective, interdisciplinary, global community of academics, technologists and policymakers examining individual aspects of existential risk and coming together to integrate their insights.