• HMS Vanguard at Faslane naval base

    We use the best scientific expertise, including from Pugwash’s international network, to inform the government and the public about issues relating to weapons of mass destruction – especially nuclear weapons and nuclear power – issues of war and peace, the environment and the social responsibility of scientists.

  • RAF Reaper at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan

    British Pugwash AGM 2014: Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, traces moves towards ‘remote’ forms of warfare and warns that they will bring new dangers.

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Our Activities

Our activities range from studies of science-related policy issues, regular public discussion meetings and public education events to engagement with politicians and government officials. Our publications include in-depth scientific and policy research as well as public position statements and factual comment to the media.

Our Projects

Current projects include working to establish a Disarmament Institute (BRINDI), participating in the Nuclear Weapons Policy Liaison Group, and researching future energy options. A history project is helping to document the history of the Pugwash conferences since the 1950s. We also host two public education programmes, WMD Awareness and PeaceJam UK.

Membership

The British Pugwash Group is a membership organisation that brings together scientists and others concerned with international affairs and disarmament. There is a particular focus on encouraging engagement of young people, especially young scientists.

Latest publications, events and news

British Pugwash Newsletter October 2016

British Pugwash Newsletter October 2016 Topics include: New Chair of British Pugwash; Emerging technologies and the nuclear debate; COMEST and robotics; Student/Young Pugwash: first annual conference; Climate change and the Global Energy Calculator

British Pugwash Annual Report 2015

Key topics: developments on the international disarmament scene with major implications for British Pugwash; Trident update; the 2015 NPT Review Conference; the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI); science and ethics, including autonomous weapons; chemical weapons; UK and European energy policy.