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What is effective altruism?

Effective altruism is about using evidence and reason to figure out how to benefit others as much as possible, and taking action on that basis. Visit for more information.

What is EA Global?

EA Global is the biannual conference of the effective altruism community. In 2019, there will be two conferences in San Francisco (21-23 June) and London (autumn).

EA Global is a gathering of people who have made helping others a core part of their lives. Speakers and participants discuss new thinking in the field of effective altruism, share new research, familiarize themselves with core concepts, and coordinate on global projects.

What is EA Global X?

In addition to the EA Global conferences organized by the Centre for Effective Altruism, we also support local groups to run their own conferences to promote and discuss effective altruism, through the EAGx series. See the EAGx page for more information.

How can I attend EA Global?

You must submit an application to attend EA Global to help us ensure that the time and money you invest in attending is likely to be well spent.

The following people are particularly likely to find the conference valuable:

  • People already familiar with the key ideas of effective altruism
  • People farther advanced in their studies or careers
  • People seeking the opportunity to master more complex problems in effective altruism, learn new skills, or get help from the community
  • People actively seeking work focused on high-priority global issues

How much are tickets?

You can only purchase a ticket once you have successfully applied to EA Global.

For EA Global San Francisco 2019, early bird tickets are $399 (through March 11) and regular tickets will be $499 (through May 23, or earlier if tickets sell out).

Extensive financial aid is available! We don't want cost to keep anyone away. This is true even if you are not low-income but, for example, are prioritizing donation. Please take financial aid rather than stay home! We will have discounts of 25% off, 50% off, and 75% off available.

You can also apply to volunteer in exchange for a free ticket (see below).

Is my registration fee refundable?

Refunds are possible before the catering deadline. Please contact us at if you require a refund.

Can I volunteer?

Volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring a successful conference. Volunteers are required to work a number of shifts before, during or after the event, and are welcome to participate in the conference when they are not working their shifts. Volunteers are usually assigned about three shifts covering a total of about half the time of the conference.

As volunteers spend some of their time attending EA Global as delegates, we prioritize applications from people who have already applied and been accepted to the conference.

If you would like to volunteer at EA Global: San Francisco, please apply as usual. If you're accepted, you can fill out the volunteer application.

Can I submit speaker and workshop suggestions?

You can nominate a speaker (including yourself) or share other content suggestions using this form.

What kind of food will be served?

We serve vegetarian and vegan food at all events. If you need to bring your own food, we may be able to help you with refrigerator space — please ask at

Which hotels do you recommend?

We've compiled a range of accommodation options here. Please be aware there is another conference taking place in San Francisco at the same time as EA Global so it's best to book your accommodation as soon as possible.


Please contact us at if you have questions about accessibility at the venues or if you need us to make any accommodations.

How can I contact the EA Global team?

Please email us at

Zellerbach audience (Saturday)