Events

EA Cambridge runs a large range of different events, including fellowships, reading groups, talks and socials, all running virtually during the current pandemic. These events are focused on providing a space for discussion on the world's most pressing problems, and how members of the community can help to solve them with their careers, donations, and political choices.

Some of our events are open to the public, for example our external speaker events, while others require applying to such as our fellowships, and others still are only open to members of the community such as our socials and reading groups. If you would like to join the community, avenues include attending our EA fellowship, participating in our Learn about EA mentoring programme, or if you're already a member of the EA community please get in touch with us at info@eacambridge.org or schedule a call via the above link.

Fellowships

 

Effective Altruism Fellowship

  • About: This fellowship is an opportunity to learn about and explore many different facets of Effective Altruism with other people who are keen to improve the world. Learn more here.

  • Duration: 8 x 1.5 hour weekly discussions

  • Target Audience: Anyone who wants to learn more about EA

  • Next round: April 2021

  • Lead team member: Eve McCormick

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In-Depth Fellowship

  • About: A forum to explore EA-related questions more deeply, with a focus on addressing career and donation-related uncertainties. Learn more here.

  • Duration: 8 x 1.5 hour weekly discussions

  • Target Audience: Have graduated from the EA fellowship, or have engaged with EA content for >100 hours

  • Next round: April 2021

  • Lead team member: Eve McCormick

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AGI Safety Fundamentals

  • About: Read about and discuss various aspects of artificial general intelligence technical safety research and the impacts AGI could have on the future of humanity

  • Duration: 8 x 1.5 hour weekly discussions

  • Target Audience: Open to people from a technical (STEM) background who want to learn more about AGI

  • Next round: March 2021

  • Lead team member: Richard Ngo

  • Learn more here, and register your interest here.

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Global Poverty

  • About: We're collaborating with One For The World to run this 4-week reading group on global poverty and health, why we should contribute to reducing poverty, and some ways we can do this most effectively

  • Duration: 4 x 1.5 hour weekly discussions

  • Target Audience: Anyone who wants to discuss and learn more about global poverty, and how they can help to reduce it

  • Next round: March 2021

  • Lead team member: Joe Benton

  • Learn more about the curriculum here, and register your interest here.

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Improving Science

  • About: Science has led to enormous improvements in wellbeing globally over the past few centuries, however it is far from perfect. This reading group discusses how to improve cooperation, coordination, efficiency, and effectiveness in the scientific community. Learn more here.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Tamay Besiroglu

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Community Events

 

Book Club

  • About: Discussions on a book or a series of articles, chosen via an approval survey, that is broadly EA or EA-adjacent. Previous book club rounds have included Reasons & Persons: Part 4, The Replacing Guilt series, Radical Uncertainty, and The Precipice.

  • Frequency: Every two weeks

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Francis Priestland

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Podcast Discussions

  • About: Weekly discussions on a different podcast episode each time, from a host of podcast hosts such as 80,000 hours, Future Perfect, and many more.

  • Timings: Every Thursday, 7-8:30pm

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Tristan Cook

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Career Planning

We host a range of different career planning events, including career 1-1s, our Career Planning Intensive programme (register your interest here), and career workshops

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Retreats

  • About: Our retreats are an opportunity for members of the community to get to know each other better, discuss their futures and pressing global problems, while spending a weekend away in a nice location.

  • Frequency: Annual

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Amrit Sidhu-Brar

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Reading Groups

 

Artificial Intelligence Safety

  • About: The AI safety reading group consists of a combination of discussions about papers/articles, and talks from invited speakers. 

  • Frequency: Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm during term time

  • Target Audience: EAs with a technical (Maths/CompSci/Physics etc.) background, although non-technical topics are often discussed too

  • Lead team member: Euan McLean

  • Register your interest here.

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Global Priorities Research

  • About: This reading group discusses foundational research that informs the decision-making of individuals and institutions seeking to do as much good as possible.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: EAs with an economics background

  • Contact person: Dewi Erwan

  • Register your interest here.

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China & Global Cooperation

  • About: Global cooperation is of vital importance in solving many of the world's most pressing problems, and China is an increasingly important player on the global stage. This reading group is focused on discussing and learning about China and its relationship with pressing cause areas

  • Frequency: Weekly 1.5 hour discussions

  • Target Audience: EAs who want to pursue careers related to China & global cooperation, and are willing to put in ~2-3 hours of reading per week

  • Lead team member: Dewi Erwan

  • Register your interest here.

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Biorisk

  • About: A discussion group to discuss biosecurity topics, to learn from each other, and to share opportunities, contacts and resources.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: Members of the EA community in Cambridge and Stanford who are interested in using their careers to do good in the area of biosecurity

  • Lead team member: Phil Palmer

  • Register your interest here.

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Cellular Agriculture

  • About: This reading group This reading group works through the Good Food Instsitute's syllabus on cellular agriculture, which is a potential solution to suffering in factory farms

  • Frequency: Weekly, yet to start

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Clarisse Beurrier

  • Register your interest here.

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Animal Welfare

  • About: We are in the process of starting up an animal welfare reading group. If you're interested in getting involved, please email Eve at eve@eacambridge.org.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Eve McCormick

  • Register your interest here.

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Climate Change

  • About: We are in the process of setting up a climate change readiong group. If you're interested in getting involved, please email Dewi at dewi@eacambridge.org.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Dewi Erwan

  • Register your interest here.

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Talks

 

External Speaker Talks

  • About: External speaker talks are an opportunity for members of the EA community at large to interact with and learn from people working in cause areas of interest. They include a presentation from the speaker, as well as a Q&A session afterwards.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: Public

  • Lead team member: Dewi Erwan

Cause Area Introductions

  • About: These events are opportunities for community members who are studying or working in specific cause areas to introduce that cause area to other community members who are still thinking about their career trajectories and where they can have an impact.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Dewi Erwan

Community Talks

  • About: Lighting talks provide a space and incentive mechanism for community members to learn about something they've been wanting to learn about, and then present their findings to other community members.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Neel Nanda

Career Profiles

  • About: Career planning is hard, especially when you don't know the possible career trajectories within certain cause areas. Career profiles try to help this situation, through presentations from senior people about their career paths and providing a space to ask them questions.

  • Frequency: Weekly

  • Target Audience: Public

  • Lead team member: Dewi Erwan

Department-Specific Outreach

Mentoring

 

Intro 1-1s

Want to learn more about Effective Altruism, or how you can get more involved with the EA Cambridge community? Fiill out this form and Eve or Dewi (EA Cambridge Co-Directors) will get in touch with you.

Learn about EA: 1-1 Mentoring

Our Learn about EA mentoring programme is an opportunity for individuals who are new to EA to embark upon a series of calls with a member of the community, to discuss and learn about various concepts, as well as develop friendships with more established community members.

Sign up here to join this programme, and check out some of the readings used to guide the discussions here.

Career 1-1s

Career planning is really hard, so we've developed a system to support community members while they embark upon this process. If you're a member of the EA Cambridge community and would like some support career planning, sign up for a single ~2-hour long career 1-1 here.

Cause Prioritisation Pathway

Our Cause Prioritisation Pathway is a mentoring programme wherein community members have a series of 1-1s with one of the Co-Directors, discussing a range of cause areas in the process and evaluating the impact they could have working in those areas.

Once a community member knows what their focus will be, we aim to put them in touch with experts in that field to further aid their career planning, knowledge development and relationship building. Register your interest here.

Socials

 

Lean Coffees

  • About: Our Lean Coffee socials are an opportunity to suggest and then vote on whatever topics you would like to discuss, EA-related or not, then chat about them with friends

  • Frequency: Fortnightly on Saturday mornings

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Katy Taylor

UK Icebreakers

  • About: 10-15 min icebreaker 1-1s with members of the UK EA community. These are a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends in the EA community.

  • Frequency: Monthly

  • Target Audience: UK EAs

  • Lead team member: Sabine Matysik

EAG & Tea

  • About: Attendees vote which EAG video they'd like to watch, then they watch the chosen video, and afterwards they discuss it over some tea

  • Frequency: Infrequent

  • Target Audience: Community members

  • Lead team member: Sabine Matysik