We are proud to have the support of seven Patrons, all of whom are eminent figures from the worlds of science and defence.
Our Patrons are:
• Lord Martin Rees OM FRS
• Sir Colin Blakemore FMedSci FRS
• Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS
• Sir Timothy Gowers FRS
• Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith FRS
• General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE
• Sir Hew Strachan DL FRSE FRHistS
Our activities include studies of science and policy issues, regular public discussion and education meetings, and engagement with politicians and government officials.
Our publications include in-depth scientific and policy research, as well as newsletters, our Annual Reports and reports from conferences and events.
Our youth wing, SYP UK, is also extremely active and publishes updates on news and events here
Current projects include research on the ethics of armed robotic systems, the potential impact of emerging technologies on nuclear weapon systems, the climate-nuclear nexus and continued work on future energy options for the UK.
Recent projects include the WMD Awareness public education campaign and efforts to establish a British Disarmament Institute.
Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK is hosting its first festival.
A series of events throughout November on ethical and political challenges in 21st Century science & technology.
The line-up includes:
- Wed 4th – Ethics & Digital Technologies – w/ Julia Slupska (Digital Ethics Lab, here) and Dr Kanta Dihal (here) – 17:00 UK
- Sat 7th – Transition Now – Technology & the Climate Emergency (Partner event – Hosted by SGR) – 14:00 UK
- Mon 9th – Ethics in Open Source Research – w/ Adina Pintilie (Ridgeway Information, here) – 17:00 UK
- Tues 17th – Codes for Coders: Killer robots, ethics and the law – w/ Taniel Yusef (WILPF UK, here) – 18:00 UK
- Date tbc – Decolonising Science – Discussion led by Oxford SYP
For event login details, materials and updates:
On 9th September 2020, British Pugwash Group Exec member, Dr Richard Guthrie, spoke in a CISD webinar showcasing different open source verification projects, and exploring possible overlaps and synergies between them.…
On 8th September 2020 and to mark the International Day Against Nuclear Testing, SOAS University and the UK Embassy of Kazakhstan hosted a webinar on titled, “Post-COVID Multilateral Cooperation – A Chance To Achieve A Nuclear-Weapons-Free World?”…
In November, Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK is hosting a ‘Festival of Ethical Science‘. This will be a series of webinars and discussions on the ethical implications of science and technology – and we want your views!…
The role is paid and would be for 7 months, ideally starting in November.
Sat 26th September // Zoom // SYP UK & Media Trust
Student/Young Pugwash UK has partnered with the Media Trust to organise an interactive training session for six people interested in peace, disarmament and arms control.…
On 3rd August (5pm), Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) hosted its third webinar.
The guest speaker was Sahil Shah, a Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network and expert on the Iran Nuclear Deal (‘JCPOA’).…
SYP UK held its second webinar, on the ethical, political and technical issues around lethal autonomous weapons (or ‘killer robots’), on 30th June 2020.
- Laura Nolan, a software engineer who recently resigned from Google in protest over its involvement with the US DoD’s ‘Project Maven’ – Starts at 0min20s – Slides here
- Elizabeth Minor, an Advisor at Article 36, an NGO that works to develop new legal standards to prevent civilian harm from weapons – Starts at 20mins30s – Slides here
- David Ellwood, a theoretical physicist, mathematician, and Exec Committee member of British Pugwash (former Research Director of the Clay Mathematics Institute) – Starts at 37mins – Slides here
The webinar was chaired by Orlanda Gill, a University of Warwick graduate.…
SYP UK held its first webinar, on the topic how COVID-19 is affecting the fields of arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament (16th June 2020)
The guest speaker was Sebastian Brixey-Williams, Co-Director of the arms control think tank British American Security Information Council (BASIC).…
Topics covered in the British Pugwash June 2020 Newsletter include:
- Video – British Pugwash Lecture at Hay Literary Festival – Jim Al-Khalili on ‘The World According to Physics’ (online 2020)
- SYP UK Webinar: The pandemic and non-proliferation, 16th June
The newsletter can be found online here…
Topics covered in the British Pugwash May 2020 Newsletter include:
- Pugwash statement on the Open Skies Treaty and New START
- Pugwash statement on NPT Review postponement and risks post-pandemic
- Obituary – Julian Perry Robinson
- Dr Frank Boulton on ‘Nuclear war and public health’
- A selection of relevant articles
The newsletter can be found online here…
Student/Young Pugwash UK has released a video of Matteo Frigoli discussing his research on developments with hypersonic missiles. The presentation is based on research commissioned by British Pugwash.
The presentation covers:
- Technical issues
- Destabilising potential of hypersonics
- US, Russian and Chinese perspectives
- Arms control options
Topics covered include:
- International developments vis-a-vis arms control
- Student/Young Pugwash UK
- Pugwash mission to Moscow
- Hypersonic missiles research
- EuroPugwash conference
- British Pugwash development / changes
Student / Young Pugwash UK held its fifth Annual Conference in March 2020, titled ‘Warwick Technology & Peace Conference‘, in association with the Warwick Pugwash Student Society.
It was a multidisciplinary conference about the risks posted by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them.…
On afternoon of May 2, Student Young Pugwash (SYP) UK will be hosting an Annual Meeting and Strategy Day on Zoom.
We will be discussing our work for the coming year, including:
- A conference on ethical science
- Media training events for SYP UK members
- Next year’s SYP UK Annual Conference
- Partnerships with other NGOs, campaigns and concerned scientists
Please RSVP to email@example.com…
In light of government advice on COVID-19 and the fact that the NPT RevCon 2020 has been postponed, we have decided to postpone this event (possibly to next year).
We have also postponed the AGM of British Pugwash, which was supposed to precede this meeting.…
On 9th March 2020, University of Oxford Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) will be hosting Prof. John Finney (UCL) to discuss ‘The Russell-Einstein Manifesto: Its Origins and Legacy’
Date/Time: 9th March, 7.45pm
Location: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Physics Dept.,…
The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a U.S. NGO, has just re-set its ‘Doomsday Clock’ from two minutes before midnight to 100 seconds to midnight.…
British Pugwash Group is delighted to announce the appointment of seven Patrons, all of whom are leading figures from the worlds of science or defence.
Our Patrons are public supporters and advocates for the work of British Pugwash, which seeks to apply independent, scientifically-informed analysis to some of the most challenging issues in international security, arms control and environmental sustainability.…
Royal Society / Pugwash Collaboration:
People of Science – Sir Jo Rotblat (featuring Prof Brian Cox & Lord Martin Rees)
We are delighted to announce that the Royal Society video on Pugwash and its founder (Sir Joseph Rotblat) is now available on YouTube (here).…
Student/Young Pugwash UK is delighted to release a new report on developments with hypersonic missile technology. The paper covers the latest technologies, the key states involved, the risks posed and the potential ways forward for arms control and non-proliferation.…
Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK is raising money to support one of its members to represent SYP UK at the next International SYP Conference, in Doha (Qatar) in early 2020.
The 11th International SYP Conference (here) will bring together young scholars and professionals from around the word to discuss their ideas for the future of disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. …
By Dr Christopher Watson, BPG Exec Committee
Hugh Beach, who died on 4 September
2019, was born on 23 May 1923 to Constance and William H Beach (who was latterly
a Major-General & engineer-in-chief of the Indian Army).…
British Pugwash co-hosted with University of Nottingham Physics Department a mini-conference about ethical issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The conference was open to all ages and disciplines. The agenda is below.…
Unfortunately, due to high demand, tickets are no longer available for this event.
British Pugwash will screen the new, hour-long documentary – The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons – about the ideas and campaigners behind the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons.…
Warwick Pugwash Student Society (WPSS) welcomes Dr. Simon Jenkins for a discussion about recent discoveries in the field of biotechnology and gene editing, and the ethical concerns that arise around them.…
Topics covered in the British Pugwash Autumn 2019 Newsletter include:
- Ethical Science Mini-Conference: Nottingham, All welcome!
- Tehran meeting on JCPOA: Pugwash delegation to Iran
- Training day – DIY Media – Create compelling video!
THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK.
Pugwash is pleased to announce that the 63rd Pugwash International Conference will take place from 1 – 5 March 2020, kindly hosted by the Government of the State of Qatar in Doha.…
Details have now been released of the fantastic ISODARCO Winter Course, organised by Italian Pugwash.
Full details and registration is online here: www.isodarco.it
59th Winter Course of the International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO)
Subject: Emerging Technologies, Evolving Nuclear Postures, and Deteriorating Norms: is the Global Nuclear Order Eroding?…
British Pugwash and Christian CND are co-hosting a media training day that will focus on how to produce compelling videos to promote a cause, explain an issue and reach new audiences.…
Item 1: Iran visit – International Pugwash visited Tehran (Iran) for a two-day meeting to discuss the JCPOA (the ‘Iran Deal’) – Meeting notes and photos here
Item 2: Killer robots – Professor John Finney, of the British Pugwash Trust, has written for Responsible Science about the risks of ‘killer robots’ and the UN’s COMEST Commissions work on the issue – here
Item 3: NPT update – International Pugwash President Sergio Duarte published a commentary about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – here…
Our Executive Committee member, Sebastian Brixey-Williams, spoke about some of his recent research on marine drones to a meeting organised by three different All Party Parliamentary Groups.
The presentation touched on some of his Pugwash-funded research on how trends in unmanned underwater vehicles might impact submarine-based nuclear weapons systems.…
On 26th April 2019, British Pugwash co-hosted a public lecture at SOAS, titled:
The Salisbury poisonings – one year after
Our guest speaker was Dr Richard Guthrie, a member of British Pugwash Executive Committee and an expert on chemical and biological weapons.…
On 15th March 2019, a conference was held at the German Federal Foreign Office titled ‘Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control’.
The aim of the Conference was to promote a well-informed international dialogue on the nature and implications of the current technological trends and to discuss whether new solutions are needed to ensure that the global arms control architecture can effectively capture new technologies.…
Student / Young Pugwash UK held its fourth Annual Conference in February 2019, titled ‘Pugwash Peace & Disarmament Conference‘. It explored the prospects for arms control and disarmament over the coming years, with focuses on nuclear weapons and emerging technologies.…
From 27-29 January, a Pugwash delegation comprising the Secretary General, Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Chair of British Pugwash Group, Peter Jenkins, and Pugwash Council Members Götz Neuneck, Alexander Nikitin, and Alexander Dynkin had a series of meetings in Moscow to discuss the future of arms control as part of a new Pugwash project.…