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UK public opinion on ‘First Use’ of nuclear weapons (Oct 2021)

British Pugwash note: Two Thirds of UK Public Opposed to “First Use” of Nuclear Weapons (PDF report here) The “Interim National Security Strategic Guidance” of the United States, released on 3 March 2021, states that the Biden administration will take steps to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in national security strategy, while ensuring that […]

hypersonic missile

VIDEO: ‘Missile Defence and Strategic Stability in the Hypersonic Age’

This year’s post-AGM Lecture was held on 22nd September. The title was: ‘Missile Defence and Strategic Stability in the Hypersonic Age’ It was given by Harry Spencer, a postgraduate at University of Birmingham, speaking about his ongoing research with British Pugwash on missile defence systems, hypersonics and strategic stability.   For some background on the […]

July / August newsletter – British Pugwash

Topics covered in the British Pugwash July/August 2021 Newsletter include: Climate Change and Trident – New research from British Pugwash Ethical Science podcast – SYP interview with Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser (UKRI) Save the Date – British Pugwash AGM – 22nd September Joseph Rotblat Memorial Trust – Becoming a Trustee OxPeace Conference – Peace in […]

Trident submarine at Faslane

New research on climate change impacts on nuclear security

British Pugwash is pleased to release newly commissioned research about the potential impacts of climate change on the UK’s nuclear weapons infrastructure. The report, by Dr Sally Brown from Bournemouth University, is titled ‘Risks of sea-level rise to ports and associated facilities aligning with the Trident programme: A focus on Coulport, Faslane, Barrow-in-Furness and Devonport’. […]

Dame Ottoline Leyser

Interview with Prof Dame Ottoline Lesyer (UK Research & Innovation) – SYP UK

In the first episode of Student/Young Pugwash UK’s Project on Ethical Science podcast series, Niamh Healy (UCL) sat down with Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge. We hear her thoughts on what ethical science means, what mistakes are often […]

Interview with Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal (SYP UK)

Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK’s Niamh Healy caught up with Prof. Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, to discuss the ethical and social aspects of science and technology. Questions covered: • Why should scientists engage with the public? • How can scientists influence public policy on key issues like climate change? • What new ethical dilemmas […]