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Third Annual Stanford Existential Risks Conference, April 20-22, 2023

From Global Catastrophes to Existential Risks: Intersections, Reinforcements, Cascades

Event Details:

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - Saturday, April 22, 2023


Stanford University
United States

Registration opens in 2023

Our third annual Stanford Existential Risks Conference aims to take stock of global catastrophic and existential risk studies. We invite submissions focused on the past, present, and future of this emerging field.  Papers might explore the fruits of existing approaches to existential risks, and/or address their weaknesses and blind spots. Or they might propose potential directions for the future of existential risk studies.

The meeting will take place in a hybrid format. It begins with a welcome dinner on April 20 for in-person participants. All of April 21 will be in-person, with all events broadcast online for remote participants. The morning of April 22 will feature remote presentations and participation, available to the in-person audience as well. For the remainder of April 22, we will close with in-person (and remotely available) events.

A special focus of this year's meeting will be risk intersections, reinforcements, and cascades: how one risk may amplify (or diminish) another, and how multiple risks interact to create new concerns that may be larger than the sum of their parts.

To present research at this meeting, see the Call for Papers and link for abstract submissions (due December 15, 2022). Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when registration opens in Spring 2023.