Think tank and project incubator working at the intersection between ethics and science

What is Effective Altruism?

Our resources – time and money – are limited. How can we use them to prevent the most suffering and save the most lives? Which rational reasons are there anyway to invest resources in the sustained, effective reduction of suffering? The philosophy and global movement of Effective Altruism seeks to answer these questions – from a philosophical, economic, cognitive and social psychological perspective.


About us

We tackle contemporary ethical questions scientifically and make the results politically available as policy papers. With our projects we fight for the effective reduction of poverty, for animal rights and a responsible approach to future technologies. We also offer donation and careers advice.



The main website is in German. This English website is still under construction.

Primates initiative: Double your donation!

Sentience Politics has launched the world’s first popular initiative on fundamental rights for primates! If we can raise the necessary funds, there will be a legally binding popular vote on the right to life and the right to physical and mental integrity for members of a non-human species.

The Primates initiative

Zurich popular initiative “1% against global poverty”

Our 1% initiative proposes that the city of Zurich support high impact charities with one percent of its budget. Independent scientific research would be consulted to evaluate the charities, especially randomized control trials from development economics.

The 1% initiative (German)

Sentience Conference

The first Sentience Conference took place on 21 and 22 May 2016 at the Technical University of Berlin. Over 300 participants and 30 internationally renowned speakers from all over the world came together to discuss effective strategies, the priorities of the animal rights movement and the evaluation of previous advances.

The Conference


Sentience Politics

Sentience Politics is an antispeciesist think tank, which fights for a society in which the interests of all sentient beings are considered – regardless of their species. To reach this goal, Sentience Politics uses a critical-rational, empirically based approach, to identify the most effective strategies and put them into practice.

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Raising for Effective Giving (REG)

Raising for Effective Giving (REG) brings together professionals from various fields who want to maximize their positive impact on the world. To do so, they commit to donate a certain percentage of their incomes to demonstrably effective organizations. REG is well-known in the world of poker, where it has over 200 professional members – including poker world champion Martin Jacobson.

More on REG
Further projects

From our blog

The Importance of the Far Future

This article was first published on the website of our project Sentience Politics. Most charities focus their work on helping individuals who already exist, while few charities try to explicitly benefit individuals who will live in the future. Although it is understandable that people empathize primarily with currently existing individuals, this raises fundamental ethical questions: […]

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Why Evolution Has No Goal

Or: Metaphorically, it’s all about gene-copying success How evolutionary biology is being misunderstood The notion that evolution has a goal/purpose is a widespread misconception that comes in several variations. Many people falsely believe that evolution was working towards humans as a final product. But from a biological perspective, there is really no reason to single […]

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Sentience Research Essay Prize 2016

This post was first published on the blog of our project Sentience Politics. Sentience Politics is currently accepting submissions for the first Sentience Essay Prize on “effective strategies to reduce the suffering of all sentient beings.” The winner will be awarded $2,000. Effective altruism asks us to consider the best ways to reduce as much […]

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Become a member

As a member, you make a lasting contribution to our projects, activities and free offerings. You commit yourself as effectively and sustainably as possible to a better world.

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Our projects stand and fall with your support. We are financed exclusively through the private donations of those interested in EA. Over 700 people already support us financially.


Work with us

Apply to our vacancies, to connect with a young and dynamic team. We are currently looking for new co-workers, interns and volunteers.

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Effective Altruism Global X Berlin

8 Oktober 2016

Berlin (updates following)

Effective Altruism Global X Zurich

March 2017

Zurich (updates following)