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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17 Jun 2015: I have a new article The risk of nuclear winter published in Public Interest Reports, a publication of the Federation of American Scientists. I also have two new Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists columns: Should nuclear devices be used to stop asteroids? and Is stratospheric geoengineering worth the risk?. I'm featured in a Quartz article Meet the people out to stop humanity from destroying itself, discussing the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, the Oxford University Future of Humanity Institute and the Cambridge University Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events:
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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About this site: This site is kindly hosted by Manoj Thomas. The formatting of this site was adapted from W3C's Starting with HTML + CSS page.

Created 15 Jun 2007 * Updated 9 Jun 2015