Our Patrons

Our Patrons are:
• Lord Martin Rees OM FRS
• Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS
• Sir Timothy Gowers FRS
• Sir Brian Heap FRS
• Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith FRS
• Prof Margaret MacMillan CH
• General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE
• Sir Hew Strachan DL FRSE FRHistS
• Prof Angela Vincent FMedSci FRS

Our Activities

Our activities include studies of science and policy issues, regular public discussion and education meetings, and engagement with politicians and government officials.

Our publications include in-depth scientific and policy research, as well as newsletters, our Annual Reports and reports from conferences and events.

Our youth wing, SYP UK, is also extremely active and publishes updates on news and events here

Our Projects

Current projects include research on the ethics of armed robotic systems, the potential impact of emerging technologies on nuclear weapon systems, the climate-nuclear nexus and continued work on future energy options for the UK.

Recent projects include the WMD Awareness public education campaign and efforts to establish a British Disarmament Institute.

Membership

British Pugwash is a membership organisation that brings together scientists and others concerned with international affairs and disarmament.

We are led by our Executive Committee and receive the support of nine Patrons.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprises:

• Peter Jenkins CMG (Chairman)
• Dr Ian Crossland (Treasurer)
• Dr Tim Street (Secretary)
• James Brady
• Dr Peter Collecott
• Dr David Ellwood
• Dr Mamdouh El-Shanawany
• Andrew Gibson
• Dr Richard Guthrie
• Sally Milne

Latest publications, events and news
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Provisional agenda: 7th Annual SYP Conference: ‘AI, Peace and Security’, 27/01/24, King’s College London

You are invited to the 7th Annual Student / Young Pugwash Conference on 27 January 2024   The venue is King’s College London, Strand Campus, Dockrill Room (K6.07). Registration will take place from 9.30am and the first session will start at 10am. The subject of the conference is ‘Artificial Intelligence: implications for peace and security’. We want to […]

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Invitation: Student / Young Pugwash, Artificial Intelligence Peace and Security Conference, 270124

You are invited to the 7th Annual Student / Young Pugwash Conference on 27 January 2024   The venue is King’s College London, Strand Campus, Dockrill Room (K6.07). Registration will take place from 9.30am and the first session will start at 10am. The subject of the conference is ‘Artificial Intelligence: implications for peace and security’. We want […]

British Pugwash Newsletter: December 2023

British Pugwash Newsletter: December 2023   Items include:   New briefing: Aspects of UK Nuclear Weapons Possession Pugwash Meeting on Irreversibility in the Nuclear Domain Student / Young Pugwash Update: Annual Conference; Negotiation Simulation Webinar video: Professor Steve Fetter on rising nuclear risks Recent articles and reports of interest   —> Download this newsletter as […]

New Briefing: Aspects of UK Nuclear Weapons Possession

Aspects of UK Nuclear Weapons Possession    Download a pdf of this briefing here.   This briefing covers four areas: i) UK nuclear weapons modernisation ii) the UK-US nuclear relationship iii) UK nuclear use policy in the context of the Russia-Ukraine war iv) UK action on nuclear arms control and disarmament.   1. Modernising the […]

Pugwash Meeting on Irreversibility in the Nuclear Domain

British and International Pugwash convened a discussion on the theme of irreversibility in the nuclear domain in Rome on 20 and 21 November 2023. The 12 participants, present in a personal capacity, came from the USA, Russia, China, India, the UK, Canada, Italy, Belgium, and Germany. The group comprised former diplomats, political scientists, physicists, and […]

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Call for papers: Student / Young Pugwash Conference, 27 January 2024

7th Annual Conference, Saturday 27 January 2024 Call for papers and presentations Theme: Artificial Intelligence: implications for peace and security Location: King’s College London / Online via zoom Introduction  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a subject of immediate and growing concern. The revolutionary potential of this technology could significantly reshape global society for good or ill. This […]