This was an interdisciplinary forum of thought leaders in the field of understanding financial catastrophe. It included people working on complex systems, economics, finance, historians and others. The workshop was an interactive day of facilitated presentations and discussions. It ended with the group defining two sets of priorities. Firstly for academia in general, the key priorities for a research agenda in improving the understanding of financial catastrophe risk management professionals, policy-makers and other practitioners managing the risk of financial crisis. The second set of recommendations produced by the attendees was for how the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies could best contribute to this research agenda with their research programme.