British Pugwash Group

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. It is also the executive arm of British Pugwash, responsible through its Executive Committee for managing projects funded by outside organisations and the ongoing work of the group.

Our Activities
Our activities range from studies of science-related policy issues, to regular public discussion meetings and public education events and engagement with politicians and government officials. Our publications include reports of in-depth scientific and policy research, both internally and externally commissioned, as well as public position statements and factual comment to the media. We also participate with International Pugwash in research on the history of Pugwash and opening its archives to researchers.

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, in particular the photographic archive.

We also host two public education programmes:

WMD Awareness focuses on informing the public, and especially young people, on nuclear weapons issues.

PeaceJam UK works directly with Nobel Peace Laureates through its connection with Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, as joint recipients of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.

Student Young Pugwash
Student/Young Pugwash groups exist in universities and other institutions throughout the world, as reflected in the International Young/Student Pugwash movement. In the UK as of mid-2015, Student/Young Pugwash activities are supported by a part-time coordinator, whose role is to engage with students, especially young scientists in full-time education,  to help set up new Student/Young Pugwash groups and to support those that are developing in specific universities. Another important aspect of the coordinator’s role is to promote continuity within these groups through successive generations of students.

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