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Edan Simpson

Projects and Communications Coordinator

Edan Simpson joined the European Leadership Network in December 2022 as Projects and Communications Coordinator, with responsibility over the New European Voices on Existential Risk (NEVER) project, focussing on young leaders in nuclear and existential risk.

He holds a Master’s degree in the Cultural History of Modern Europe from Utrecht University, where he first began working in podcasting for the Unsettling Knowledge podcast. Edan completed his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Cambridge, where he worked as Editor-in-Chief for the Cambridge Tab, served on various student committees as an LGBT+ Officer, and volunteered in Tanzania with the Cambridge Development Initiative.

Prior to working for the European Leadership Network, Edan worked as a sales assistant and as an assistant for Olivia Blake MP, the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam.

Content by Edan Simpson

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Ok, Doomer! The NEVER podcast – Biological threats: Going viral

Listen to the fourth episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore biological existential and global catastrophic risks. Featuring an introduction to the topic and an exploration of some of the technological mitigation techniques we have available for biological risks, a panel discussion exploring the current state of the international governance of biological risks, and we will also delve into whether humanity’s recent brush with COVID-19 has better or worse prepared us for future pandemics, be they man-made or natural.

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Ok, Doomer! The NEVER Podcast – Climate change: A hot topic

Listen to the third episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore climate change; the existential risk that the general public is most familiar with. Featuring an exploration of how the climate crisis affects politics on the local, national and international levels, climate change as a “polycrisis”, and how the world in the past has managed to unite around policies that combat climate change such as closing the hole in the ozone layer.

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Ok, Doomer! The NEVER Podcast – Nuclear War: What is it good for?

Listen to the second episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore nuclear war, the first man-made existential risk. Featuring an introduction to the topic, disarmament versus deterrence, how governments have dealt with issues such as proliferation, and how they should respond to them in future.