Event: Science & Diplomacy, with Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith, 1st March 2022

On Tuesday 1st March, Oxford Student/Young Pugwash will host Prof. Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith for a talk and discussion about the relationship between science and diplomacy.

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Sir Christopher is a theoretical physicist and was knighted ‘for services to particle physics’ in 2001. He is currently leading a Royal Society study of large-scale electricity storage and is interested in all aspects of energy supply and demand.

He has served as President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), Chair of the Council of the world fusion energy project ITER, and was Director General of CERN (1994-1998, when the Large Hadron Collider was approved and construction started). Sir Christopher has written and spoken widely on science funding, international scientific collaboration and energy issues.


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In advance of the event, Sir Christopher says:

“Science Diplomacy is a term that has come to be used to describe a wide spectrum of activities that involve both science/scientists and international relations/politicians/diplomats. I will discuss examples, successes and failures of

– ‘Science in diplomacy’ i.e. science advice supporting foreign policy objectives, both political (e.g. nuclear arms control) and technical challenges (e.g. tackling climate change)
– ‘Diplomacy for science’ i.e. diplomacy facilitating international scientific cooperation (e.g. negotiating international participation in the LHC, and choosing the site for ITER, the world fusion project), and
– ‘Science for diplomacy’ i.e. scientific cooperation fostering better relations (e.g. through collaboration at CERN, and mobility of students and researchers).

I will end with a discussion of the SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) project, whose members are Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Palestine and Turkey, which – having overcome many difficulties – is now working, and bringing together scientists from across the region.”


This event is hosted by the Oxford branch of Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) but is open to all.

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It is part of SYP UK’s ongoing Project on Ethical Science – https://britishpugwash.org/what-is-pugwash/student-young-pugwash-syp/ethical-science/