• 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.

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Our Activities

Our activities include studies of science and policy issues, regular public discussion meetings and public education events, and 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 research on the ethics of armed robotic systems, a project on the potential impact of emerging technologies on nuclear-armed submarines, continued work to establish a British Disarmament Institute (BRINDI), participation in the Nuclear Weapons Policy Liaison Group, and research on future energy options. 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

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

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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 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