EVENT CALENDAR

Announcement: March events cancelled

We have made the decision to cancel our March events. We’re doing this due to the increasing threat posed by COVID-19 in Australia. We may also cancel future events, but will make decisions about that as the situation evolves.

As you may have seen, the Australian government has banned public gatherings of more than 500 people (https://www.abc.net.au/…/coronavirus-scott-morriso…/12053382). Of course, Effective Altruism Melbourne events don’t usually have hundreds of attendees, so our choice to cancel may not have a large direct effect. However, public events such as ours still carry some risks of transmission. Accordingly, we believe that the most socially responsible thing we can do at the moment is to avoid holding events. We also want to contribute to a culture of avoiding unnecessary transmission risks, in order to minimise the amount of society-wide damage done by COVID-19.

Most of the people who attend our events would be at low risk of suffering the most severe consequences, if they were to get sick. However, vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at far greater risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Minimising human-to-human contact is likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (see https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3549276 - apologies for the paywall). So, by protecting ourselves from the disease, we can better protect vulnerable people.

We are currently exploring possible ways of helping the effective altruism community in Melbourne connect more online, in lieu of in-person events. For example, we may host some discussions online via video (although this will not be happening tomorrow). We won’t be able to entirely replace in-person events, but we hope to still provide some value to the community in this way.

Please feel free to email us (effectivealtruismmelbourne@gmail.com), or use the contact form to get in touch if you have questions about this.

We hope we’ll be able to see you soon.

Update, April 12, 2020

We're in the process of moving our events online. ​We intend to still host monthly discussion groups, as well as weekly social events. You can find out about online events in all the usual places: Facebook, Meetup, Google Calendar, and this website. We hope to see you there! 

Stay safe, everyone.

Announcement: March events cancelled

We have made the decision to cancel our March events. We’re doing this due to the increasing threat posed by COVID-19 in Australia. We may also cancel future events, but will make decisions about that as the situation evolves.

As you may have seen, the Australian government has banned public gatherings of more than 500 people (https://www.abc.net.au/…/coronavirus-scott-morriso…/12053382). Of course, Effective Altruism Melbourne events don’t usually have hundreds of attendees, so our choice to cancel may not have a large direct effect. However, public events such as ours still carry some risks of transmission. Accordingly, we believe that the most socially responsible thing we can do at the moment is to avoid holding events. We also want to contribute to a culture of avoiding unnecessary transmission risks, in order to minimise the amount of society-wide damage done by COVID-19.

Most of the people who attend our events would be at low risk of suffering the most severe consequences, if they were to get sick. However, vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at far greater risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. Minimising human-to-human contact is likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (see https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3549276 - apologies for the paywall). So, by protecting ourselves from the disease, we can better protect vulnerable people.

We are currently exploring possible ways of helping the effective altruism community in Melbourne connect more online, in lieu of in-person events. For example, we may host some discussions online via video (although this will not be happening tomorrow). We won’t be able to entirely replace in-person events, but we hope to still provide some value to the community in this way.

Please feel free to email us (effectivealtruismmelbourne@gmail.com), or use the contact form to get in touch if you have questions about this.

We hope we’ll be able to see you soon.

REGULAR EVENTS

SOCIAL EVENTS

Third Thursday of each month, 6pm-8pm

Gopals Pure Vegetarian, 139 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Meet upstairs at Gopals (two levels above street level)

DISCUSSION GROUPS

Second Saturday of each month, 11am-2pm

Level 1, 421 Smith Street, ​Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Ring the bell next to the door on Leicester St to be let in