Effective Altruism

Using evidence and reason to do good


The registration takes place via RWTH Online and is possible until October 3rd. Further information about the registration process can be found in our FAQ.

All students can participate in a course. You can choose two preferences. For this, please use priorities 1 (highest) and 2 (second highest). Click here for an example. Please think carefully about how you indicate your priorities. It is not possible to re-register. If you have not been assigned a place in the project after the end of the assignment and are still interested in participating, please contact sibel.yildirim@ipw.rwth-aachen.de directly.

(If you have any problems with the registration or with RWTHonline, please contact Mrs. Sibel Yildirim (IPW), also stating your matriculation number: sibel.yildirim@ipw.rwth-aachen.de. Ms Yildrim will be availbale from October 3rd for problems with the registration process. Manual registration during the registration period is not possible.)

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Academic Responsibility

Effective Altruism Aachen e.V.

Student Initiative of the RWTH Aachen

apl. Prof. Dr. phil. Wulf Kellerwessel

Chair of Theory of Science and Technology

Contact Person





Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Digital (Zoom)


As our module will feature world-leading experts, some talks will be delivered in English. However, it will be possible to ask questions and to submit protocols and essays in both German and English.


In the year 2021, humanity faces many challenges that need to be overcome: global poverty, climate change and COVID-19 to only name a few. In this lecture series, we will investigate systematically how to tackle these and other global challenges in the most effective way. Our analysis will be evidence-driven and informed by academic research as well as insights from the philanthropic sector.

The overarching goal of this course is to convey scientifically grounded ideas and methods that the participants can apply in their own lives to do good more effectively.

Our course will feature talks from world-leading experts, both from academia and the philanthropic sector. For example, some of our speakers research how to mitigate climate change or prevention strategies for global pandemics and will discuss their findings with us. Other speakers have founded internationally operating charities and will share with us the experience and insights they gained by working directly on saving lives.

This course is organized by the student initiative Effective Altruism Aachen in cooperation with “Projekt Leonardo” and Prof. Kellerwessel.

Learning Outcomes

The overarching goal of this course is to convey scientifically grounded ideas and methods that the participants can apply in their own lives to do good more effectively.

More specifically, the students gain an overview of various global challenges and learn about possible approaches to solving them. They understand what the scientific method means in the context of charity work and are able to compare various aid programs on the basis of their effectiveness.


To be announced.


Kickoff and Introduction to Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism Aachen e.V.


Global Poverty

Jack Lewars, One for the World


Preventing Animal Suffering in Factory Farms

Lea Edgerton, Animal Charity Evaluator


On the philosophy of effective altruism

Prof. Kellerwessel, RWTH Aachen University


Existential Risks and the Future of Humanity

Anders Sandberg, FHI, University of Oxford


Preventing Global Pandemics

Catherine Rhodes, The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk,  Cambridge University


Catastrophic Climate Change

Luke Kemp, The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Cambridge University


Effective Altruism in a Philosophical Critical Perspective

Prof. Kellerwessel, RWTH Aachen University


Conclusion – Taking it into Action


Discussion of Group Presentations



Montag 12:00 Uhr

Titel der Veranstaltung



Procedure/Working method

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit point can be achieved through participation.


Participation (0 CP)
Protocol with critical analysis (2 CP, not graded)
(3 CP, graded)
Group Presentation + critical evaluation (4 CP, graded)


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