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SYP UK Annual Meeting & Strategy Day – 2nd May

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

Lord Martin Rees

British Pugwash welcomes new Patrons from science and academia

The British Pugwash Group is delighted to announce the appointment of six Patrons, all of whom are leading figures from the worlds of science or academia.

Our Patrons are public supporters and advocates for the work of British Pugwash, which seeks to apply independent, scientifically-informed analysis to some of the most challenging issues in international security, arms control and environmental sustainability.…

Help a Young Pugwashite get to Doha 2020!

Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK is raising money to support one of its members to represent SYP UK at the next International SYP Conference, in Doha (Qatar) in early 2020.

The 11th International SYP Conference (here) will bring together young scholars and professionals from around the word to discuss their ideas for the future of disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. …

ISODARCO 2019

Arms Control Winter Course, Italy – International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO) – Jan 2020

Details have now been released of the fantastic ISODARCO Winter Course, organised by Italian Pugwash.

Full details and registration is online here: www.isodarco.it

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59th Winter Course of the International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO)

Subject: Emerging Technologies, Evolving Nuclear Postures, and Deteriorating Norms: is the Global Nuclear Order Eroding?

Pugwash news in June: Iran visit, Prof Finney on killer robots, President on NPT

Item 1: Iran visit – International Pugwash visited Tehran (Iran) for a two-day meeting to discuss the JCPOA (the ‘Iran Deal’) – Meeting notes and photos here

Item 2: Killer robots – Professor John Finney, of the British Pugwash Trust, has written for Responsible Science about the risks of ‘killer robots’ and the UN’s COMEST Commissions work on the issue – here

Item 3: NPT update – International Pugwash President Sergio Duarte published a commentary about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – here

Pugwash at APPG on drones: ‘Drones, swarming and the future of warfare’

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.…

Video: Student Pugwash at UK PONI Conference on British nuclear policy!

Jana Wattenberg, the Student/Young Pugwash representative at Aberystwyth University, spoke at this year’s UK PONI Conference, the premier national forum for emerging experts in the nuclear policy community.

Her talk, on ‘The UK and the Ban Treaty’ was included in Session One on ‘UK Nuclear Policy and Practice’ (programme here)

Video below – Starts at 18:00 mins

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Student/Young Pugwash UK – Strategy Day!

Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) UK brings together students, researchers, practitioners and campaigners interested in international security and the interface between politics and science. We are a part of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which uses the best social and natural science expertise to inform governments and the public about issues relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction – especially nuclear weapons – issues of war and peace, the environment and the social responsibility of scientists.…

British Pugwash Newsletter March 2019

Topics covered in the British Pugwash Spring 2019 Newsletter include:

  • Delegation to Moscow to discuss arms control
  • Hypersonic missiles and strategic stability – new research
  • British Pugwash Annual General Meeting + Public Lecture
  • Student/Young Pugwash UK – Conference Report
  • Rotblat Memorial Lecture – A review
  • ‘Capturing Technology.

British Pugwash at ‘Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control’ in Germany

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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Pugwash Peace & Disarmament Conference 2019 – multimedia report!

Student / Young Pugwash UK held its fourth Annual Conference in February 2019, titled ‘Pugwash Peace & Disarmament Conference‘. It explored the prospects for arms control and disarmament over the coming years, with focuses on nuclear weapons and emerging technologies.

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Student Pugwashites attended arms control winter course in Italy (ISODARCO 2019)

Three members of Student/Young Pugwash UK attended the prestigious International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO), held in Trento, Italy from 6th to 13th January 2019.

ISODARCO is an annual, intensive course for scholars and practitioners, featuring high-profile lecturers from around the world.…

Warwick meeting: 24/01/19 – ‘The Death of the Iran Deal and Nuclear Instability’

Blurb by Warwick Student/Young Pugwash:

A nuclear storm gathers over the Middle East.

Reckless American foreign policy has almost certainly doomed the Iran Nuclear Deal, the only instrument standing between Iran and the acquisition of the deadliest device to have ever existed.…

Become a member of British Pugwash Group

British Pugwash (BP) is a membership organisation for scientists, social scientists, practitioners and others interested in peace, disarmament and other issues with scientific or technical aspects. Benefits of membership include:

  • Invitations throughout the year to events on cutting-edge issues
  • A regular newsletter
  • Opportunities to network with and instigate research projects with other members, including in our international Pugwash community
  • Free admission to SYP UK conferences

For background on BP activity, read:

British Pugwash Annual Report 2017

The fee for senior members of British Pugwash is £25 per year but this has been reduced to £5 per year for people under 30 years old.…