• Weekend retreat for up to 50 people interested in Effective Altruism (both old and new community members) to learn, connect and collaborate
    • primarily for people from the South of Germany. Note that we have two sister events in January: One near Hannover for North & West Germany and one in Berlin for East Germany.
  • Content: 2.5 days filled with talks, workshops, meetups and plenty of time for 1-1 conversations and socialising
  • 20.-22. January (from Friday ~4pm until Sunday ~3pm, arriving late or leaving early is fine) at DJH Hanover International (to be confirmed).
  • Costs (incl. accommodation and vegan food) covered by EA Germany, travel subsidies available if needed
  • COVID policy: All attendees need to be fully vaccinated and self-tested before arrival.


  • Purpose: We want to provide a space for participants to 
    • connect with like-minded people from their city and region and find advisors, collaborators and friends
    • share ideas, discuss and make progress on their plans to do more good (through their careers, volunteering or donations)
  • EA Content
    • We will invite a few experts to cover some of the most pressing problems to help inform participants considering entering those fields. Participants are encouraged to contribute content.
    • You can suggest specific content in the application form – we will do our best to make it possible.
    • There will be structured content such as talks & workshops and unstructured, informal discussions and 1-1 conversations). Here's some content from past retreats to get an impression. 
    • All sessions are optional. If you feel like you are not learning or contributing to a session, you are always free to do something else. 
  • Space to relax and connect
    • During the afternoon breaks and in the evenings, there will be space for fun activities, to relax and get to know each other on a more personal level – feel free to contribute content unrelated to Effective Altruism.

For whom? 

We expect this retreat to be most beneficial for people who:

  • Are familiar with the basics of EA
  • Share the Guiding Principles of EA: Commitment to Help Others, Scientific Mindset, Openness, Integrity, Collaborative Spirit
  • Understand and speak English (no need to be perfect, though!)
  • Live in the North or West of Germany. If you live in South or East Germany, we recommend you have a look at our sister events near Sigmaringen and Berlin.

Participants do not need to:

  • Know everything & everyone (this might be particularly valuable if you’re not yet well-connected in the EA community)
  • Already work in EA cause areas, or even know what you would like to work on (this can be particularly helpful if you’re undecided about your career & life plans)
  • Speak German (everyone speaks English)
  • Give a talk/workshop (program contributions are encouraged but not required)

The EA community benefits from a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs, so non-German speakers and people from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Apply here

(Deadline 14th December, same application form for all three retreats)

  • Limited capacity. Late applications can only be considered if we have spots left. 
  • Unsure if you can attend? Apply anyway and mention your uncertainty in the form. 
  • Uncertain whether you would benefit from this? Questions? Don’t hesitate to email us! 


Moritz Lomann (EA Hamburg),

Moritz Hoffmann (EA Lübeck), 

Felix Scheling (EA Tübingen)


With support from: 

Yannick Mühlhauser (EA Tübingen),

Sarah Tegeler (EA Germany), 


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