Seth Baum's Home Page

My interests and activities are broad, but all revolve around the theme of making the world (universe(s)?) a better place. I conduct research that combines science, engineering, and ethics to assess what, given present circumstances and particular ethical frameworks, might be the best thing(s) for us to be doing. I also help organize academic and professional communities to advance work on these topics.

I am Co-Founder (with Tony Barrett) and Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a Research Scientst at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Co-Founder and Co-Lead of the Osomocene Productions video production company, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. I recently completed a PhD in Pennsylvania State University's Geography Department and a post-doctoral fellowship with Penn State Geography and Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions.

CV: click here (pdf)

Contact info: seth [at]

Networking: Facebook * LinkedIn * Twitter * Google Scholar * Society for Risk Analysis
At present I am particularly interested in networking with people who are or would like to be working on any aspect of global catastrophic risk.

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22 Dec 2014: My review of the recent film Snowpiercer has been published in Journal of Sustainability Education. The talk text (pdf), slides (pdf) and video (YouTube, beginning at 49:40) of my talk 'What is the risk of nuclear war?' at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons are now online.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
28 February-1 March 2015, New York City. The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction, hosted by the Helen Caldicott Foundation. I will give a talk "The catastrophic risk of nuclear war".
23-24 March, Washington, DC. 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference. I won't be speaking at this but may attend anyway.
27 April-22 May 2015, New York City. United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. I will speak in a 6 May session "Catastrophic global risks, nuclear weapons, and human survival" hosted by People for Nuclear Disarmament. My talk is titled "How bad could it get? Risk analysis of nuclear winter".
27 June, Boston. Confronting the Anthropocene. I'm tentatively planning to attend.
6-9 December 2015, Arlington, VA. Society for Risk Analysis 2015 Annual Meeting.
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Created 15 Jun 2007 * Updated 21 Jan 2015