How can we use our limited resources in order to help as many sentient beings as possible? The Sentience Conference systematically addresses this important issue. It will bring together scientists, activists, and politicians in order to discuss relevant topics such as effective altruism, new strategies, and innovative forms of activism. Participants will be united by the common goal of effectively alleviating the suffering of as many sentient beings as possible.


Academic Activism: Sensitizing to Sentience and Suffering

Speaker: Stevan Harnad, Professor of Psychology University of Québec in Montréal Time: Saturday, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM Room: H3010 Most people would agree that it… Read more Academic Activism: Sensitizing to Sentience and Suffering

Wild Animal Suffering and Intervention in Nature

Speaker: Oscar Horta, Co-Founder Animal Ethics Time: Saturday, 04:30 PM – 05:00 PM Room: H3010 To date animal advocacy has paid little attention to the problem… Read more Wild Animal Suffering and Intervention in Nature

Animal Protection Law in the UK: Redefining “Unnecessary Suffering”

Speaker: Natalie Cargill, Project Manager: United Kingom Sentience Politics Time: Sunday, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Room: H1012 The UK often boasts of some of the… Read more Animal Protection Law in the UK: Redefining “Unnecessary Suffering”

Building a Movement of Nonviolent Action: Why and How

Speaker: Zach Groff, International Press Coordinator Direct Action Everywhere Time: Sunday, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Room: H1012 Dramatic nonviolent confrontation transformed the twentieth century,… Read more Building a Movement of Nonviolent Action: Why and How

Cellular Agriculture: a Practical Solution to Factory Farming

Speaker: Gilonne d’Origny, Lead Development Officer New Harvest Time: Sunday, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Room: H3010 Factory farming is a silent time bomb responsible for some… Read more Cellular Agriculture: a Practical Solution to Factory Farming

Research for the Animal Movement: What Priorities Does It Suggest?

  Panelists: Jon Bockman, Executive Director Animal Charity Evaluators Adriano Mannino, President, Effective Altruism Foundation Jacy Reese, Research Associate Animal Charity Evaluators Time: Sunday, 05:00… Read more Research for the Animal Movement: What Priorities Does It Suggest?

How to End Farm Animal Suffering?

Panelists: Brian Kateman, President Reducetarian Foundation Jacy Reese, Research Associate Animal Charity Evaluators Martin Balluch, Campaign Manager Association Against Animal Factories Sebastian Joy, Executive Director… Read more How to End Farm Animal Suffering?

Evaluating Advocacy: Strategies and Lessons Learned

Speaker: Jon Bockman, Executive Director Animal Charity Evaluators Time: 02:00 PM – 02:30 PM Room: H3010 Given the high level of uncertainty surrounding the effectiveness of… Read more Evaluating Advocacy: Strategies and Lessons Learned

How Many Non-human Animals Should there Be?

Speaker: Simon Knutsson, Researcher Foundational Research Institute Time: Sunday, 01:30 PM – 02:00 PM Room: H3010 What is a desirable non-human animal population size? When we… Read more How Many Non-human Animals Should there Be?

Making Compassion Easier: a Strategy for Vegan Critical Mass

Speaker: Tobias Leenaert Time: Saturday, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Room: H1012 The empathy and compassion that many people feel for animals, is hard to… Read more Making Compassion Easier: a Strategy for Vegan Critical Mass

How Meta-strategies Can Multiply our Impact

Speaker: Ruairí Donnelly, Executive Director Raising for Effective Giving Time: Sunday, 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Room: H3010 Meta-strategies operate “one level up” — they improve… Read more How Meta-strategies Can Multiply our Impact

No Protection without Democratic Representation

Speaker: Dan Lyons, Chief Executive Officer Centre for Animals and Social Justice Time: Saturday, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Room: H3010 Although Britain has a… Read more No Protection without Democratic Representation

Overcoming Ourselves and Winning Change For Animals

Speaker: Nick Cooney, Director of Education Mercy for Animals Time: Saturday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Room: H3010 Those of us who want to create… Read more Overcoming Ourselves and Winning Change For Animals

What Makes Legislative and Judicial Activism Effective?

  Panelists: Monica Miller, Legal Working Group Leader Non-human Rights Project Colin Goldner, Executive Director Great Ape Project Jay Shooster, Co-Chair NYU Student Animal Legal… Read more What Makes Legislative and Judicial Activism Effective?

Sentience and Metta Training in Buddhist Ethics

Speaker: Beril İdemen Sözmen, Research Associate Technical University Istanbul Time: Saturday, 02:00 PM – 02:30 PM Room: H1058 Sentience as a concept is central to Buddhist… Read more Sentience and Metta Training in Buddhist Ethics

Sentience as a Political Argument

Speaker: Bernd Ladwig, Professor for Political Theory and Philosophy Free University of Berlin Time: Saturday, 04:30 PM – 05:00 PM Room: H1058 Interest-based approaches related to… Read more Sentience as a Political Argument

Sentience Politics: Our Strategic Approach

Speaker: Adriano Mannino, President Sentience Politics Time: Saturday, 05:30 PM – 06:30 PM Room: H3010 Sentience Politics is an antispeciesist political think-and-do tank. Our current strategic… Read more Sentience Politics: Our Strategic Approach

Strategies to Reduce Suffering of Farm Animals (incl. fish)

Speaker: Mahi Klosterhalfen, Executive Director Albert Schweitzer Foundation Time: Sunday, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Room: H1058 Founded in 2000, the Albert Schweitzer Foundation is committed… Read more Strategies to Reduce Suffering of Farm Animals (incl. fish)

Animal Rights: Looking beyond one’s Plate

Speaker: Krishna Singh, Legal Counsel PETA Germany Time: Sunday, 01:30 PM – 02:00 PM Room: H1058 For the Animal Rights Movement it is essential to look… Read more Animal Rights: Looking beyond one’s Plate

The Moral Significance of Future Technologies

Speaker: Tobias Baumann, Director of Strategy Sentience Politics Time: Saturday, 02:00 PM – 02:30 PM Room: H1012 This presentation outlines why individuals who will be born… Read more The Moral Significance of Future Technologies

The Open Philanthropy Project and Farm Animal Welfare

Speaker: Lewis Bollard, Program Officer (Farm Animal Welfare) Open Philanthropy Project Time: Saturday, 04:30 PM – 05:00 PM Room: H1012 The Open Philanthropy Project recently launched… Read more The Open Philanthropy Project and Farm Animal Welfare

The Psychology of Speciesism

Speaker: Lucius Caviola, Executive Director Effective Altruism Foundation Time: Saturday, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Room: H1058 Surprisingly, the concept of speciesism has been neglected… Read more The Psychology of Speciesism

Towards a Happy Biosphere

Speaker: David Pearce, Philosopher Time: Sunday, 04:00 PM – 04:30 PM Room: H3010 Natural selection didn’t design living organisms to be happy. A predisposition to… Read more Towards a Happy Biosphere

Understanding Carnism for Effective Vegan Advocacy

Speaker: Melanie Joy, President and Founder Beyond Carnism Time: Sunday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Room: H3010 In this presentation, social psychologist Melanie Joy explains how… Read more Understanding Carnism for Effective Vegan Advocacy

Upgrade your Activism – New Ways to Be More Effective for Animals

Speaker: Ria Rehberg, Co-Executive Director Animal Equality Germany Time: Sunday, 01:30 PM – 02:00 PM Room: H1012 What are the benefits of using new technologies… Read more Upgrade your Activism – New Ways to Be More Effective for Animals

Welfare, Agriculture, and Probability

Speaker: Simon Jenkins, Teaching Fellow University of Birmingham Time: Sunday, 04:00 PM – 04:30 PM Room: H1058 This talk will consider some issues of the demarcation between… Read more Welfare, Agriculture, and Probability


The conference is organized by the antispeciesist political think tank Sentience Politics, and will take place on May 21st and 22nd, 2016, at the Technical University of Berlin.

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