This is a short impression of the AI Safety Europe Retreat (AISER) 2023 in Berlin.
Tl;dr: 67 people working on AI safety technical research, AI governance, and AI safety field building came together for three days to learn, connect, and make progress on AI safety.
The retreat was an unconference: Participants prepared sessions in advance (presentations, discussions, workshops, ...). At the event, we put up an empty schedule, and participants could add in their sessions at their preferred time and location.
About half the participants are working, and half of them are students. Everyone was either already working on AI safety, or intending to transition to work on AI safety.
Most participants are focusing on technical research, but there were also many people working on field building and AI governance:
Many participants had previously participated, or currently participate in AI safety research programs (SERI MATS, AI safety Camp, SPAR, PIBBSS, MLSS, SERI SRF, Refine)
All but one participant were based in Europe, with most people from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
The retreat was organized by Carolin Basilowski (now EAGx Berlin team lead) and me, Magdalena Wache (independent technical AI safety researcher and SERI MATS scholar). We got funding from the long-term future fund.
I’m very excited about more retreats such as this one happening! If you are interested in organizing one, I am happy to support you - please reach out to me!
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