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.

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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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19 Mar 2015: I have a new paper Winter-safe deterrence: The risk of nuclear winter and its challenge to deterrence forthcoming in Contemporary Security Policy, forthcoming. It is summarized in a new column Deterrence, without nuclear winter in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The paper evaluates the risk of nuclear winter and suggests how the risk could be minimized by switching deterrence regimes from large nuclear arsenals to other weapons. The paper has generated some controversy, mainly on its discussion of biological weapons. The Bulletin is hosting a roundtable discussion on this. In other news, I have an article Getting smart about global catastrophes published in Medium in a collection on the 92Y 7 Days of Genius panel discussion I participated in. Some multimedia from recent events is now online: audio of the 92Y Future of Life on Earth panel and video of the Caldicott nuclear extinction symposium. Finally, the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute is featured in a new article Aftermath published by the Future of Life Institute.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
23-24 March, Washington, DC. 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference. I won't be speaking at this but am attending 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. Poles Apart, Melting Together: Science & the Humanities Confront the Anthropocene, hosted by the Boston University Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning.
3-7 August 2015, near London. Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative.
6-9 December 2015, Arlington, VA. Society for Risk Analysis 2015 Annual Meeting.
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Created 15 Jun 2007 * Updated 19 Mar 2015