Recent events – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org Fri, 20 Mar 2020 10:57:52 +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 Recent 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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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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Ethics of Biotech – 17th Oct – Warwick Pugwash event https://britishpugwash.org/ethics-of-biotech-17th-oct-warwick-pugwash-event/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:15:07 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4687 Warwick Pugwash Student Society (WPSS) welcomes Dr. Simon Jenkins for a discussion about recent discoveries in the field of biotechnology and gene editing, and the ethical concerns that arise around them.…

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Warwick Pugwash Student Society (WPSS) welcomes Dr. Simon Jenkins for a discussion about recent discoveries in the field of biotechnology and gene editing, and the ethical concerns that arise around them.

After the event, attendees will go to Terrace Bar to continue the conversation.

There will be free pizza during the talk.

All welcome!

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Pugwash training day – DIY Video – Create compelling videos to spread the message https://britishpugwash.org/pugwash-training-day-diy-video-create-compelling-videos-to-spread-the-message/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 12:47:10 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4602 British Pugwash and Christian CND are co-hosting a media training day that will focus on how to produce compelling videos to promote a cause, explain an issue and reach new audiences.…

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British Pugwash and Christian CND are co-hosting a media training day that will focus on how to produce compelling videos to promote a cause, explain an issue and reach new audiences.

Spaces are limited. If you would like to apply, please complete a short form here.

We’re working with ShortForm Media (here), a video production company that creates content for charities, to design a workshop for Pugwash / Christian CND members and others in the peace movement to create great online content with affordable (and easy to use!) equipment.

Details:

DIY Video Day, Sat 9th Nov 2019, Methodist Central (Manchester)

This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to engage their audience with smart video content but doesn’t know where to start. At the end of the workshop you will be equipped to begin making your own video content with the minimum gear required.

The workshop will cover:

  • Breakdown of video production
  • Planning for your shoot
  • Getting the best out of limited equipment
  • The importance of Sound
  • Shooting and lighting Interviews
  • Shooting Events
  • Editing software that won’t break the bank
  • How to get the best out of your footage
  • Assembly / music / graphics / captions
  • Best formats for web upload
  • How to push your video online

How to book:

  • Spaces are limited. If you would like to apply, please complete a short form here.
  • Attendance is free.
  • If you have any questions, please contact syp@britishpugwash.org

NB. We want you to get as much as possible from this workshop. In the application form, you will be asked what you hope to achieve by attending. Your responses will help us tweak the content of the day.

 

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Ethical Science? – Nottingham University – 23rd October 2019 https://britishpugwash.org/ethical-science-nottingham-university-23rd-october-2019/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:56:46 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4588 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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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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