About Us

What is the best way to live? Does it involve helping as many people in poverty as possible? Preventing animals from suffering in factory farms, or in the wild? Ensuring that powerful future technologies are used for good and not evil? Effective Altruism is a growing movement of people who aim to answer questions like these, and to improve the world in the best way possible by analysing and accounting for the cost-effectiveness of charitable donations and activities. This symposium aims to bring together thinkers working in different areas of effective altruism, asking the big questions about what really is the best way to live your life or spend your charitable dollar.

Speakers

We will be hosting a number of talks throughout the day, confirmed speakers are below:

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Ravi Patel

  Ravi Patel is studying Clinical Medicine at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, having graduated in Natural Sciences in 2015. Ravi founded and directed the

Ravi Patel
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Beth Barnes

Beth has been involved with effective altruism for around two years and started an EA society at her sixth-form college in Exeter. She gave a

Beth Barnes
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David Pearce
Transhumanism

David Pearce is author of The Hedonistic Imperative (1995), which calls for the use of biotechnology and IT to abolish the biology of suffering throughout

David Pearce
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Oscar Horta
Wild Animal Suffering

Oscar Horta has been involved in vegan and antispeciesist activism since the mid 90s, and has many publications on these topics in different languages. He

Oscar Horta
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Jonathan Courtney
Giving What We Can

Jonathan has a Masters of Philosophy from Oxford, and is Assistant Executive Director and Director of Outreach for Giving What We Can, a charity evaluator

Jonathan Courtney
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Aubrey de Grey
The End of Aging

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research

Aubrey de Grey

Booking

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Papers

We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words for papers in any relevant discipline, including (but not limited to): biology, computer science, environmental sciences, international relations, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology. Please submit abstracts no later than 12 noon on Monday 11th April, by emailing Simon Jenkins at: s.p.jenkins@bham.ac.uk.

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Effective Altruism Birmingham

Saturday 30th April,
University of Birmingham, UK