• 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 – issues of war and peace, the environment and the social responsibility of scientists.

  • RAF Reaper at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan

    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 – issues of war and peace, the environment and the social responsibility of scientists.

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Our Activities

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

Our Projects

Current projects include research on the ethics of armed robotic systems, the potential impact of emerging technologies on nuclear-armed submarines, continued work on future energy options and new work on arms control options relating to developments with hypersonic cruise missiles.

Recent projects include the WMD Awareness public education campaign and efforts to establish a British Disarmament Institute.

A history project is helping to document the history of the Pugwash conferences since the 1950s. We also host a public education programme, 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

ISODARCO 2019

Arms Control Winter Course, Italy – International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO) – Jan 2020

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

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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?

Pugwash news in June: Iran visit, Prof Finney on killer robots, President on NPT

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

Pugwash at APPG on drones: ‘Drones, swarming and the future of warfare’

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.…

Video: Student Pugwash at UK PONI Conference on British nuclear policy!

Jana Wattenberg, the Student/Young Pugwash representative at Aberystwyth University, spoke at this year’s UK PONI Conference, the premier national forum for emerging experts in the nuclear policy community.

Her talk, on ‘The UK and the Ban Treaty’ was included in Session One on ‘UK Nuclear Policy and Practice’ (programme here)

Video below – Starts at 18:00 mins

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Student/Young Pugwash UK – Strategy Day!

Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK brings together students, researchers, practitioners and campaigners interested in international security and the interface between politics and science. We are a part of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which uses the best social and natural science expertise to inform governments and the public about issues relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction – especially nuclear weapons – issues of war and peace, the environment and the social responsibility of scientists.…

British Pugwash Newsletter March 2019

Topics covered in the British Pugwash Spring 2019 Newsletter include:

  • Delegation to Moscow to discuss arms control
  • Hypersonic missiles and strategic stability – new research
  • British Pugwash Annual General Meeting + Public Lecture
  • Student/Young Pugwash UK – Conference Report
  • Rotblat Memorial Lecture – A review
  • ‘Capturing Technology.

British Pugwash at ‘Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control’ in Germany

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.

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Pugwash Peace & Disarmament Conference 2019 – multimedia report!

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.

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Student Pugwashites attended arms control winter course in Italy (ISODARCO 2019)

Three members of Student/Young Pugwash UK attended the prestigious International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO), held in Trento, Italy from 6th to 13th January 2019.

ISODARCO is an annual, intensive course for scholars and practitioners, featuring high-profile lecturers from around the world.…

Warwick meeting: 24/01/19 – ‘The Death of the Iran Deal and Nuclear Instability’

Blurb by Warwick Student/Young Pugwash:

A nuclear storm gathers over the Middle East.

Reckless American foreign policy has almost certainly doomed the Iran Nuclear Deal, the only instrument standing between Iran and the acquisition of the deadliest device to have ever existed.…

SYP UK papers from Kazakhstan conference published

In August 2017, senior and youth members of International Pugwash met in Astana, Kazakhstan, for the 62nd Pugwash Conference – ‘Confronting New Nuclear Dangers’ (multimedia here).

Russian Pugwash has recently published a selection of papers from the conference, in their new publication ‘Global and regional security issues and prospects for cooperation’.…

Become a member of British Pugwash Group

British Pugwash (BP) is a membership organisation for scientists, social scientists, practitioners and others interested in peace, disarmament and other issues with scientific or technical aspects. Benefits of membership include:

  • Invitations throughout the year to events on cutting-edge issues
  • A regular newsletter
  • Opportunities to network with and instigate research projects with other members, including in our international Pugwash community
  • Free admission to SYP UK conferences

For background on BP activity, read:

British Pugwash Annual Report 2017

The fee for senior members of British Pugwash is £25 per year but this has been reduced to £5 per year for people under 30 years old.…

British Pugwash Newsletter October 2018

Topics covered in the British Pugwash Late 2018 Newsletter include:

  • The state of the Iran nuclear deal
  • Nuclear power – future prospects
  • Researchers oppose EU military research programme
  • Killer robots (guest piece by Article 36)
  • Upcoming events

Download here

News from SYP UK – social media paper published, Nicolas in Russia

Over the next twelve months, Student/Young Pugwash UK will be publishing ideas and research from our members about the risks and opportunities of emerging technologies.

Our first paper is a think piece by Dávid Almási, an undergraduate at University of Warwick, who considers whether changes in mass communication technologies will affect how governments justify but also respond to the possession and use of Weapons of Mass Destruction.…

British Pugwash Annual Report 2017

Key topics include: developments on the international scene, including US and Russia; Trident: emerging technologies; the NPT RevCon and the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI); science and ethics: the ethics of modern robotics; energy policy and climate change; Student / Young Pugwash activities; events in 2017

Read or download the report

British Pugwash Annual Report 2016

Key topics: developments on the international disarmament scene; Trident: emerging technologies; the NPT RevCon and the Disarmament Institute(BRINDI); science and ethics; energy policy and climate change