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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21 Oct 2014: I've begun writing a monthly column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The first one is now up: The lesson of lake Toba. I also have a new article at IEET: Planetary boundaries and global catastrophic risk, summarizing my new paper Integrating the planetary boundaries and global catastrophic risk paradigms co-authored with with Itsuki Handoh. In other news, I'm just back from a trip to England, where I visited colleagues at the Centre for Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University and the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. Exciting things going on there. I'm honored to be speaking at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons coming up in December, though it does mean I must miss the Society for Risk Analysis 2014 Annual Meeting. Finally, after 6 years of neglect, the photos page has been updated.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
6-9 December 2014, Vienna. Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons Civil Society and Government conferences. I'll give a talk 'What Is The Risk Of Nuclear War?' at the government conference.
7-10 December 2014, Denver. Society for Risk Analysis 2014 Annual Meeting. Unfortunately I must miss it this year but my colleagues will still have a global catastrophic risk session as usual.
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Created 15 Jun 2007 * Updated 21 Oct 2014