Biosecurity: Global Catastrophic Biological Risk Mitigation

Lecture Theatre

10:00 am - 10:30 am


Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs) are biological events with the potential to alter humanity’s long-term trajectory or result in human extinction. Cassidy will argue that while the relative probability of a GCBR event may be low, reducing biological threats is arguably very cost-effective given the potential long-term consequences. She will also discuss how recent advancements in synthetic biology and genetic engineering have made anthropogenic pandemics an increasingly real possibility, making biosecurity an effective altruism cause area worthy of close consideration.