Events – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org Wed, 25 Mar 2020 11:50:23 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://i1.wp.com/britishpugwash.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/bpico.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Events – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org 32 32 146896316 Multimedia from Technology & Peace Conference (SYP UK), 7 March https://britishpugwash.org/multimedia-from-technology-peace-conference-syp-uk-7-march/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:59:15 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=5009

Student / Young Pugwash UK held its fifth Annual Conference in March 2020, titled ‘Warwick Technology & Peace Conference‘, in association with the Warwick Pugwash Student Society. 

It was a multidisciplinary conference about the risks posted by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them.…

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Student / Young Pugwash UK held its fifth Annual Conference in March 2020, titled ‘Warwick Technology & Peace Conference‘, in association with the Warwick Pugwash Student Society. 

It was a multidisciplinary conference about the risks posted by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them.

The conference brought together over 50 participants, including young researchers, practitioners, campaigners and students. Attendance and engagement from senior members of the Pugwash network was also most appreciated.


  • The agenda is here

A number of speakers have shared their Powerpoint slides. These include:

  • Dr Catherine Rhodes on catastrophic misuse of biology (here)
  • Laura Nolan on autonomous weapons (‘killer robots’) and moral distance (here)
  • Dr Frank Boulton on the effects of nuclear weapons (here)
  • Niamh Healy on the ‘cyber-nuclear nexus’ (here)
  • Lyubomir Sakaliyski on the laws around space weaponisation (here)
  • Matteo Frigoli on hypersonic weapons and their effect on strategic stability (here)

Multimedia reports from previous SYP UK Annual Conferences can be found online here

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SYP UK Annual Meeting & Strategy Day – 2nd May https://britishpugwash.org/syp-uk-annual-meeting-strategy-day-2nd-may/ Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:45:48 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4972 On afternoon of May 2, Student Young Pugwash (SYP) UK will be hosting an Annual Meeting and Strategy Day in London.

We will be discussing our work for the coming year, including:

  • A conference on ethical science
  • Media training events for SYP UK members
  • Next year’s SYP UK Annual Conference
  • Partnerships with other NGOs, campaigns and concerned scientists

Please RSVP to syp@britishpugwash.org

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On afternoon of May 2, Student Young Pugwash (SYP) UK will be hosting an Annual Meeting and Strategy Day in London.

We will be discussing our work for the coming year, including:

  • A conference on ethical science
  • Media training events for SYP UK members
  • Next year’s SYP UK Annual Conference
  • Partnerships with other NGOs, campaigns and concerned scientists

Please RSVP to syp@britishpugwash.org by April 13.

A more detailed agenda along with accessibility information will be sent to participants prior to the event.

Please let us know if you have any questions or specific accessibility or other requirements.

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POSTPONED – Non-Proliferation Treaty RevCon 2020 – British Pugwash discussion meeting https://britishpugwash.org/non-proliferation-treaty-revcon-2020-british-pugwash-discussion-meeting/ Mon, 02 Mar 2020 15:08:39 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4942 In light of government advice on COVID-19 and the fact that the NPT RevCon 2020 has been postponed, we have decided to postpone this event (possibly to next year).

We have also postponed the AGM of British Pugwash, which was supposed to precede this meeting.

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In light of government advice on COVID-19 and the fact that the NPT RevCon 2020 has been postponed, we have decided to postpone this event (possibly to next year).

We have also postponed the AGM of British Pugwash, which was supposed to precede this meeting.

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Sebastian Brixey-Williams (BASIC) and Anuradha Damale (VERTIC) will brief us on the upcoming Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), scheduled for 27th April to 22nd May in New York.

This will be followed by an open discussion, chaired by Peter Jenkins CMG (Chair of British Pugwash, former UK Ambassador to the IAEA) on the context of and hopes for NPT RevCon 2020.

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  • Open to all
  • This event follows the Annual General Meeting of British Pugwash, scheduled for 5pm to 6pm (S311, Senate House)

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Oxford event – The Russell-Einstein Manifesto (9th March) https://britishpugwash.org/oxford-event-the-russell-einstein-manifesto-9th-march/ Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:30:26 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4939 On 9th March 2020, University of Oxford Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) will be hosting Prof. John Finney (UCL) to discuss ‘The Russell-Einstein Manifesto: Its Origins and Legacy’

Date/Time: 9th March, 7.45pm…

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On 9th March 2020, University of Oxford Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) will be hosting Prof. John Finney (UCL) to discuss ‘The Russell-Einstein Manifesto: Its Origins and Legacy’

Date/Time: 9th March, 7.45pm

Location: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Physics Dept., Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU

Facebook event here

In March 1954, the US exploded the World’s first H-bomb, in what was supposed to be a secret test on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Its expected yield had been seriously underestimated, and its power of over 1,000 times that of the atom bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki surprised both the scientists involved and the military.

Among those shocked by the event was the physicist Joseph Rotblat, who had been involved in – and resigned on moral grounds from – the Manhattan Project, and the great philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell. Both recognised that these developing weapons were an existential threat.

The two met in a BBC studio and agreed that something needed to be done to waken both politicians and the public to the dangers these weapons posed. So was born the Russell-Einstein Manifesto which was signed by eleven eminent scientists, and was the last document that Einstein signed before his death.

It was launched in London in 1955, and urged governments to realise that these weapons meant that their purposes could not be furthered by a World war and that consequently they should find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute. It also put the onus on scientists to meet in conference to work towards the abolition of these weapons.

Two years later, a number of eminent scientists from both sides of what was then called the Iron Curtain, met in the Nova Scotian village of Pugwash to discuss how best to use their expertise to help solve problems raised by the development of these weapons. So was born the International Pugwash movement, which has been influential behind the scenes, for example in the development of International Arms Control measures.

This international network continues today with a widened brief to try to help resolve international conflict-related issues, as well as other threats to life on Earth. It also aims to encourage scientists to take responsibility for the consequences of their work, and to use their expertise for the benefit of, rather than the cause damage to, life on Earth.

Full Manifesto can be found here: https://pugwash.org/1955/07/09/statement-manifesto/

More information about Pugwash: https://pugwash.org/ and https://britishpugwash.org/

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Information for Warwick Technology & Peace – 7th March https://britishpugwash.org/agenda-for-syp-uk-conference-technology-peace-7th-march/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:01:15 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4924 Warwick Technology and Peace Conference (SYP UK Annual Conference 2020)

A multidisciplinary conference about the risks posed by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them.

  • Date / Start time: Sat 7th March, 10am
  • Location: MB0.07
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Warwick Technology and Peace Conference (SYP UK Annual Conference 2020)

A multidisciplinary conference about the risks posed by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them.

  • Date / Start time: Sat 7th March, 10am
  • Location: MB0.07 (Mathematical Sciences Building), Central Campus, University of Warwick
  • Draft agenda // Register online
  • Campus map // Directions
  • Hypersonic weapons – Unfortunately, Matteo Frigoli is no longer available to present on hypersonic missiles and arms control. He has kindly provided his slides, for interest, here
  • Lunch will not be provided but there are many dining options on campus, such as NAIC cafe (nearby), Arts Centre Cafe and Fusion restaurant
  • Questions: If you have any questions, please get in touch ASAP on syp@britishpugwash.org

  • Coronavirus advice: While we do not anticipate any problems, we ask that you familiarise yourself with the NHS advice (here), government’s advice (here) and Warwick University’s advice (here). Please apply sensible judgement, particularly if you have recently travelled abroad, have symptoms or are from an at-risk group.

Background on the Pugwash ethos: Visit International Pugwash’s website (here), British Pugwash (here) or watch a video about our founder Sir Joseph Rotblat on YouTube (here)


Conference speakers include:

  • Laura Nolan, ex-Google employee and advocate for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
  • Dr Catherine Rhodes, Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
  • Peter Jenkins CMG, former UK Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency

Multimedia from our previous conferences is here

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SYP UK Annual Conference – 7th March 2020 – Save the date! https://britishpugwash.org/syp-uk-annual-conference-7th-march-2020-save-the-date/ Fri, 27 Dec 2019 16:21:54 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4805 Warwick Technology and Peace Conference (SYP UK Annual Conference 2020)

A multidisciplinary conference about the risks posed by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them. Tickets here.…

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Warwick Technology and Peace Conference (SYP UK Annual Conference 2020)

A multidisciplinary conference about the risks posed by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them. Tickets here.


There’ll be workshops on autonomous weapons (‘killer robots’) and the campaign against them; the impact of emerging technologies on nuclear weapons (eg. vulnerabilities, accidents etc.); and how we should predict and regulate the future.


Presentations from:

  • Laura Nolan, ex-Google employee and advocate for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
  • Peter Jenkins CMG, former UK Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Dr Catherine Rhodes, Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
  • Matteo Frigoli, Pugwash’s researcher on hypersonic missile systems
  • Niamh Healy, UCL scholar on cyber and nuclear weapons
  • More speakers to be announced.

Facebook event here

Location is University of Warwick // Co-hosted by SYP UK and Warwick Pugwash Society


REGISTER via Eventbrite here


NB. Registration is free for members of British Pugwash or Student/Young Pugwash UK. If that is you, please contact syp@britishpugwash.org


Multimedia from past conferences:

This is will be the fifth Annual Student/Young Pugwash UK conference.

Multimedia from our previous conferences is here

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