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Humanity's Greatest Threats - and How You Can Help Tackle Them

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On the 14th of October, Future of Sentience Cambridge will be hosting a launch event. We are a brand new student society empowering the next generation of leaders to steer technological development wisely.

The format of the event will be a panel featuring the following speakers:

Martin Rees – one of the cofounders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), author of ‘Our Final Century?’ He is also Astronomer Royal, and previously President of the Royal Society and Master of Trinity College.

Jess Whittlestone – a PhD student in Behavioural Science, and has spent the last year working for the Behavioural Insights Team, focusing on how to improve the use of evidence and measurement of outcomes in foreign policy and security.

Edward Perello – cofounder and CBO at Desktop Genetics and has formerly worked with the European Union on science policy and VERTIC on arms control.

Catherine Rhodes – Academic Project Manager at CSER and works across all of CSER ’s research projects. Her work has broadly focused on the interactions between and respective roles of science and governance in addressing major global challenges.


As a society dealing with concepts drawn from a wide range of disciplines, from philosophy to mathematics, regardless of your interests or area of study, the topics our society intends to tackle are wide-reaching and relevant – so if you’re at all curious, come along on the 14th of October!


If you are interested in what we do, you might also want to come to our freshers’ squash on the 12th or one of the discussion grous we will be running throughout the term. Remember to like our Facebook page to recieve information about the events!

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