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.
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.
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.
On 6th December, Pugwashite Professor John Finney (Physics, UCL) spoke to Physics students at University of Nottingham about some of the complex ethical and legal questions raised by emerging technologies, particularly remotely-controlled and autonomous vehicles (including weapons systems).…
On 21st November, British Pugwash was delighted to co-organise with the Polish Embassy UK the Sir Joseph Rotblat Memorial Lecture. This year’s topic was:
‘Joseph Rotblat and the Cold War Nuclear Confrontation: Lessons for Today’
Our guest speaker was Sir Rodric Braithwaite GCMG.…
Student/Young Pugwash UK is collaborating with British Pugwash to host a major, one-day conference exploring the prospects for arms control and disarmament over the coming years.
The conference will be on 23rd February 2019 at SOAS, London.…
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:
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.…
8th October, 6pm – 7pm, OC0.01 (The Oculus, University of Warwick)
Roundtable discussion: Outer space and society
Organised by: Warwick SYP
23rd October, 6:00-7:30. MS.04 (Maths & Stats, University of Warwick)
How to win a Nobel Peace Prize?…
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
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.…
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
British Pugwash was the host of a major, public awareness campaign for over 10 years – WMD Awareness – which educated the public and politicians about the reality of nuclear (and other) weapons.…
Student / Young Pugwash UK held its third Annual Conference in March 2018, titled ‘Warwick Peace Conference‘.
The conference brought in over 70 participants, including young researchers, practitioners and students from across the world.…
Members of British Pugwash were delighted to participate in a ceremony on 6th November 2017, in which a plaque honouring Sir Joseph Rotblat was unveiled on the corner of Bury Place and Great Russell Street, London (WCIB 3BJ).…