Recent events – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:42:03 +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 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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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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British Pugwash at ‘Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control’ in Germany https://britishpugwash.org/british-pugwash-at-capturing-technology-rethinking-arms-control/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:20:27 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4480 On 15th March 2019, a conference was held at the German Federal Foreign Office titled ‘Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control’.

The aim of the Conference was to promote a well-informed international dialogue on the nature and implications of the current technological trends and to discuss whether new solutions are needed to ensure that the global arms control architecture can effectively capture new technologies.

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On 15th March 2019, a conference was held at the German Federal Foreign Office titled ‘Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control’.

The aim of the Conference was to promote a well-informed international dialogue on the nature and implications of the current technological trends and to discuss whether new solutions are needed to ensure that the global arms control architecture can effectively capture new technologies.

Nicolas Arboleda, President of Student/Young Pugwash UK, represented British Pugwash at the event.

Nicolas’ report, which covers cyber, autonomous weapons, missile technologies and biotechnology, can be found below:

Conference Report – Capturing Tech / Arms Control

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