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What is ESPR?

The European Summer Program on Rationality (ESPR) is an immersive summer workshop for mathematically talented students with a desire to understand themselves and the world. 

We're looking for participants who are 16-19 years old as of July 2019.

Past participants include International Math Olympiad gold medalists, web entrepreneurs, and student researchers. ESPR orginated as EuroSPARC, which was modeled after its American equivalent, SPARC.   

The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, from game theory, cryptography, and mathematical logic, to AI safety, styles of communication, and cognitive science. The goal of the program is to help students hone rigorous, quantitative skills as they acquire a toolbox of useful concepts and practical techniques applicable in all walks of life.

The learning opportunities are supplemented with talks by intellectuals from a variety of cutting-edge fields; past speakers have included renowned theoretical scientist Scott Aaronson and existential risk researcher Shahar Avin.

ESPR's tuition, room, and board are free for all admitted students due to a generous grant from the Open Philanthropy Project. Need-based travel scholarships are also available.

Key facts

What? A 10-day summer program on applied rationality

Who? Students between 16-19 years old are eligible to apply

When? Agust 2019, exact dates TBD

Where? Oxford, UK

Price? Free!


Applications for 2018 are currently closed. Stay tuned for updates about applying for 2019!