British Pugwash projects – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:39:46 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://i0.wp.com/britishpugwash.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/bpico.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 British Pugwash projects – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org 32 32 146896316 Multimedia available – Ethical Science? – Nottingham University – 23rd October 2019 https://britishpugwash.org/multimedia-available-ethical-science-nottingham-university-23rd-october-2019/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:36:43 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4720 British Pugwash co-hosted with University of Nottingham Physics Department a mini-conference about ethical issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The conference was open to all ages and disciplines. The agenda is below.…

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British Pugwash co-hosted with University of Nottingham Physics Department a mini-conference about ethical issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The conference was open to all ages and disciplines. The agenda is below.

The conference was reviewed by Nottingham’s Professor Philip Moriarty (here) in a blog post titled ‘Some down-to-earth, blue sky thinking’.

Ethical science?

Wed 23rd October, UoN


1 – 1.55pm: Early days of Pugwash – Concerned Cold War scientists

Speakers: Ambassador Peter Jenkins (Chair of British Pugwash) on global nuclear politics; Emeritus Professor John Finney, Physics, UCL, on our founder Sir Jo Rotblat and the foundational ideas of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

John’s PPT slides can be found here

2 – 3.15pm: Workshop 1: Ethics of energy production – Nuclear & Green New Deal

Dr Ian Crossland (Independent Consultant at IAEA) on the pros and cons of nuclear power; Sam Harris, Labour Party activist, on the ‘Green New Deal’

Dr Crossland’s presentation (video) can be found here

3.15 – 3.45pm: Refreshments

3.45 – 4.55pm: Workshop 2: Technologies of war and peace 

Laura Nolan (International Committee on Robot Arms Control, formerly Google) on ‘Killer Robots’; Anuradha Damale (Verification Research, Training and Information Centre) on nuclear weapons verification programmes

Laura Nolan’s presentation (video) can be found here

5.00pm – 6pm: Closing discussion – The Lucas Plan – Arms to Renewables?

Tony Simpson (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation) on the experiences of the Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards Committee and Mike Cooley’s ideas of ‘Socially Useful Production’

Tony showed the trailer of a new film about the Lucas Plan, which can be found online here


Collected multimedia:

  • Prof Finney on Pugwash history and Jo Rotblat’s life and goals – Slides – here
  • Dr Crossland on the pros and cons of nuclear power – Video – here
  • Laura Nolan on autonomous weapons (‘Killer Robots’) – Video – here
  • Prof Moriarty’s summary of the conference – Blog – here
  • A trailer of The Plan (new film about the Lucas Plan) – Video here

Location

C27 Lecture Theatre, Physics, University Park campus (University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD)

Information

For more information, please email syp@britishpugwash.org

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British Pugwash Newsletter – August 2019 https://britishpugwash.org/british-pugwash-newsletter-august-2019/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:39:44 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4662 Topics covered in the British Pugwash Autumn 2019 Newsletter include:

  • Ethical Science Mini-Conference: Nottingham, All welcome!
  • Tehran meeting on JCPOA: Pugwash delegation to Iran
  • Training day – DIY Media – Create compelling video!
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Topics covered in the British Pugwash Autumn 2019 Newsletter include:

  • Ethical Science Mini-Conference: Nottingham, All welcome!
  • Tehran meeting on JCPOA: Pugwash delegation to Iran
  • Training day – DIY Media – Create compelling video!
  • Hypersonic missiles and strategic stability: Geneva workshop
  • ‘Drones, swarming and the future of warfare’: Pugwash at APPG
  • Salisbury poisonings one year on: Multimedia from public lecture
  • Prospects of robotic warfare / COMEST report: J. Finney in SGR journal

The newsletter can be found online here

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Pugwash news in June: Iran visit, Prof Finney on killer robots, President on NPT https://britishpugwash.org/pugwash-news-in-june-iran-visit-prof-finney-on-killer-robots-president-on-npt/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:46:40 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4583 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

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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

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Pugwash at APPG on drones: ‘Drones, swarming and the future of warfare’ https://britishpugwash.org/pugwash-at-appg-on-drones-drones-swarming-and-the-future-of-warfare/ Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:43:31 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4580 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.…

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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.

A summary of the meeting is here

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The Salisbury poisonings – Multimedia from public lecture – SOAS, 15th April 2019 https://britishpugwash.org/the-salisbury-poisonings-multimedia-from-public-lecture-soas-15th-april-2019/ Fri, 03 May 2019 16:20:57 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4544 On 26th April 2019, British Pugwash co-hosted a public lecture at SOAS, titled:

The Salisbury poisonings – one year after 

Click for audio and slides

Our guest speaker was Dr Richard Guthrie, a member of British Pugwash Executive Committee and an expert on chemical and biological weapons.…

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On 26th April 2019, British Pugwash co-hosted a public lecture at SOAS, titled:

The Salisbury poisonings – one year after 

Click for audio and slides

Our guest speaker was Dr Richard Guthrie, a member of British Pugwash Executive Committee and an expert on chemical and biological weapons.

The talk covered some of the events during and after the Salisbury poisonings in March last year, from both political and technical perspectives.

We are grateful to SOAS’ Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), for co-hosting the event and their continued support for British Pugwash.

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Student/Young Pugwash UK – Strategy Day! https://britishpugwash.org/student-young-pugwash-uk-strategy-day/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:12:38 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4493 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.…

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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.

On the 18th May, SYP UK will hold a Strategy Day for its members and partners to brainstorm plans for the year ahead. There’ll also be a chance to enjoy some time out and about in (a hopefully sunny) Manchester.

All welcome!

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please contact Andrew on syp@britishpugwash.org


Agenda

10.30 – 11.00: Registration / tea and coffee

11.00 – 12.00: Welcome and introduction

(SYP members introduce themselves, overview of SYP activities in 2018/19)

12.00 – 13.30: Strategy / Vision

(Goals, vision, future planning, partners, ideas for new projects?)

13.30 – 14.30: Lunch break

(Bring sandwiches!)

14.30 – 16.00: Annual General Meeting

(Discussion of the structure of SYP UK, concrete plans for the year ahead etc.)

16.00 – Social time

(Drinks by the canal at Bridge 5 Mill, then trip to the Northern Quarter for those with stamina)


The location will be Bridge 5 Mill in Manchester (more here)

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please contact Andrew on syp@britishpugwash.org


For more about SYP UK and British Pugwash, visit:

https://britishpugwash.org/

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