About the Conference

EAGxAustralia 2018 is a conference for people who want to do good, better. Learn about and discuss the latest ideas in the field of Effective Altruism, share new research, familiarise yourself with core concepts, and coordinate on global projects with experts in creating impact.

Effective Altruism uses evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on and then help you identify how to do the most good you can, with the time and money you have. 

The conference, on the theme of Stay Curious, is a two-day inspiring, immersive experience featuring a diverse set of experts all primed to help us tackle the biggest issues in Effective Altruism via practical workshops and engaging sessions. Get to grips with cause areas such as global poverty, existential risk, and animal suffering. You’ll take away actionable advice for developing for-purpose business and making better life choices. 

EAGxAustralia is part of the Effective Altruism Global conference series. It is the fourth annual EAGxAustralia conference. Check out details of past EAGx Australia conferences here.

Our theme: Stay Curious

Effective altruism is about doing for the pursuit of good what the Scientific Revolution did for the pursuit of truth. And one of the fundamental principles of good science is curiosity: a desire to notice our confusion and improve our understanding of the world.

Curiosity is the driving force behind effective altruism. Which charities are most effective? How could technology change our world? How should we think about efforts that might or might not succeed?

We’ve made progress on these questions, and we understand them better than we used to. But we’re likely still missing a lot.

The effective altruism movement must be prepared to evolve continually. Why? Firstly, the questions raised by effective altruism present difficult intellectual challenges. As such, we need to keep trying new ways to seek and understand information that will help us solve these problems. Moreover, we might be missing Cause X: a major moral issue that will make future generations look back and wonder why we failed to act on it.

Secondly, this community keeps growing. Last year, we talked about ‘doing good together’; the fact that as the community grows, we need to coordinate and specialize. And as this community grows, we begin to hit diminishing returns on some of the problems and approaches that we’ve found so far. So, as more people take these ideas seriously, we need to seek new problems and new projects for everyone to work on. To do so, we need to stay curious and seek to understand new arguments and areas of research.

Friday night keynote – July 13

The Conference will kick off on Friday night with a keynote speech by Peter Singer and a panel discussion on the topic of ‘The Future of Altruism: Old and New Opportunities for Doing Good.’

On the panel will be:
– Professor Peter Singer (Princeton University)
– Bridget Williams (Effective Altruism Australia)
– Carrick Flynn (Future of Humanity Institute)
– Catherine Hollander (GiveWell). 

The event will be held at the University of Melbourne (Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts building). See this map. Please find more details (and click going!) at this facebook event. 

Saturday and Sunday conference sessions July 14/15

The Saturday and Sunday sessions will then be held at the AMREP Education Centre at the Alfred Hospital, 9am – 5.30pm. You can view the schedule here.

Saturday night social event – July 14

After the Saturday session a social mixer will be held at the Temperance Hotel, just a 6 minute tram ride from the conference venue. This private cocktail function will include vegan canapés and non-alcoholic beverages for all conference ticket holders. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the bar.


Please find details of all venues here.

Questions for speakers

Conferences are more than people sitting in a room listening to a speakers – you can do that with a Youtube video. EAGx Australia will be giving our attendees the ability to ask our knowledgeable speakers their questions by filling our this Google Form. We can’t guarantee that they’ll be answered, but we can guarantee they will be seen.

Code of Conduct

Effective Altruism Melbourne would like all attendees to read the conference Code of Conduct so as to ensure everyone can have a pleasant experience.

In a nutshell:

Stay curious and open to hearing a diversity of perspectives and ideas

Practise good communication skills by listening, encouraging, and avoiding unecessary jargon

EA Melbourne will not tolerate harassment in any form

If you witness or are subject to any inappropriate behaviour, or have any other concern, you can contact event organisers David Norrish (0434 063 452) or Vanessa Thompkins (0432 967 636), email us at [email protected], or submit a report via this anonymous form.


Don’t forget to check out the conference Facebook event!