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Stanford Existential Risks Conference April 17-18, 2021

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Mar 26 2021

Humanity faces its most dangerous century yet. Together, we can work to reduce existential risks.

SERI (the Stanford Existential Risk Initiative)  will be bringing together the academic and professional communities dedicated to mitigating existential and global catastrophic risks — large-scale threats which could permanently curtail humanity’s future potential.

April 17-18, 2021

Join leading academics for 1:1 networking, exclusive panels, talks and Q&As, discussion of research/funding/internship/job opportunities, and more. The conference will offer ample opportunities for potential collaborators, mentors and mentees, funders and grantees, and employers and potential employees to connect with one another. This conference will provide an opportunity for the global community interested in safeguarding the future to create a common understanding of the importance and scale of existential risks, what we can do to mitigate them, and the growing field of existential risk mitigation.

Topics covered in the conference include risks from advanced artificial intelligence, preventing global/engineered pandemics and risks from synthetic biology, extreme climate change, and nuclear risks. The conference will also showcase the existing existential risk field and opportunities to get involved - careers/internships, funding, research, community and more.

Speakers include: 

Toby Ord - author of The Precipice

 Rose Gottemoeller - Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO

Stuart Russell - author of Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Controland Artificial Intelligence - A Modern Approach and more! 

Event Audience This conference is aimed primarily at faculty, graduate students, and professionals working in fields related to existential risk. We will also reserve spots for others (e.g. undergraduates) who demonstrate significant familiarity with issues related to existential risks.

For more information visit  and check out the event on Facebook .  

Apply to attendApplications are open until 11:59 pm PDT on Friday, April 9. Accepted attendees will receive a registration link to the live event at a later date. Refer friends/colleagues  

The conference is entirely free of charge.