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 encourage new thinking on the legal, political and technical questions associated with this topic, with a focus on ethical science.


—Conference registration—


You can attend the conference in-person or online via zoom.

To attend in-person please email stating your name, and if you are a student or young professional (under-30).

To attend online please register via zoom here.

NB i) Please only register for either online or in-person attendance.

ii) All are welcome, but please only register for this conference if you are a student or young professional (under 30).

iii) There are limited tickets available: 70 in-person places and 100 online places. Places will be allocated to those who register first. If the event is oversubscribed, priority will be given to Student / Young Pugwash members: join for free here.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.


Provisional agenda


NB There will be time for Q&A after each panel / all panels will be recorded via zoom. The speakers listed below are all confirmed but the running order and presentation titles may change.


  • Registration: 9.30 – 10.00 (Coffee, Tea, Snacks served)


i) Keynote panel: 10.00 – 11.30

  • Professor Elena Simperl (Department of Informatics, King’s College London)

‘An introduction to AI and its societal challenges’

  • Rachel Coldicutt (Executive Director, Careful Industries & Promising Trouble)

‘AI, the tech community and ethics’

  • Dr Matt Mahmoudi (Researcher / Adviser, Amnesty International, Tech Big Data, Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights)

‘AI, human rights, conflict and armed forces’

  • Dr Peter Burt (Researcher, Drone Wars UK)

‘AI and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’

Chair: Dr Tim Street (Coordinator, Student / Young Pugwash)


  • Break: 11.30 – 11.45


ii) First presenter panel: 11.45 – 13.00

  • Marco Sanchi (PhD Student, AI & Society, University of Bologna – University of Pisa)

Artificial Intelligence War Crimes: Regulating Accountability’

  • Jan Quosdorf & Vincent Tadday (MA Candidate International Affairs, King’s College London / Peace and Security Studies, Hamburg University; Sciences Po, MPP Candidate Politics and Public Policy / Hertie School, MPP Candidate Public Policy )

‘How AI is revolutionising the Western Defense Industry – The case of Anduril and Implications for Europe’

  • Dr Jingjie He (Postdoctoral Fellow, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

‘An Expanding Counter-AI Matrix: Whither the Satellite Remote Sensing Revolution?’ (Online)

  • Veerle Moyson (Consultant, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Vienna)

‘What a future regulation on AWS can learn from the nuclear regime’

Chair: Dr Peter Burt, Drone Wars UK


  • Lunch: 13.00 – 14.00

There are lots of nearby lunch options including: i) Pret A Manger, 190 Strand, London, WC2R 1DP ii) WatchHouse, East Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA iii) Toklas Bakery, 9 Surrey Street, London, WC2R 2ND


iii) Break out session: 14.00 – 15.00

This facilitated session will include either: a mapping exercise / role play / group discussion, on topics related to AI, peace and security.


iv) Second presenter panel: 15.00 – 16.00


  • Soeren Taylor (Student of methods in historical and scientific inquiry / Disarmament Intern, Pax Christi International)

‘An argument against shallow risk assessment in human and automated systems, from mental health to international security’

  • Dekai Liu (BA Student, International Studies, University of Nottingham- Ningbo Campus)

AI Surveillance and its Impact on Peace and Security: A Case Study of Instant Messenger’ (Online)

  • Sarah Weiler (Research Fellow, Global Policy Research Group, AI Governance Program)

‘The use of AI-powered technologies in the UN’s efforts to promote peace and security globally’

  • Syeda Saba Batool (Board Chair, Emerging Voices Network, BASIC / MPhil International Relations, Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad)

‘AI for Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy: Future Prospects’ (Online)

Chair: James Brady, King’s College London


  • Break: 16.00 – 16.15


v) Third presenter panel: 16.15 – 17.15 

  • Océane Van Geluwe (EI&C Nuclear Safety Qualification, Business France, AKKODIS Belgium)

‘Decoding AI Hype: Unveiling the Overrated Problem for a Race Against Time’

  • Joel Christoph (PhD Researcher, European University Institute)

‘AI-Driven Nuclear Risk Reduction Strategies’

  • Ng Arian Man Lok (MA, China in Comparative Perspective, London School Of Economics and Political Science)

‘AI and Global Security Dynamics: Navigating the Evolving Military and Geopolitical Landscape’

  • Mahmoud Javadi (AI Governance Researcher, REMIT Horizon Europe Project, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

‘European Democratic Multilateralism in Shaping Global Military AI Governance’ (Online)

Chair: Orlanda Gill, Student / Young Pugwash Board Member


  • Closing remarks: 17.15-17.30 
  • Post-conference drinks: 17.45

Last Judgment Pub, 95 Chancery Ln, London WC2A 1DT,, c.10 minute walk from conference venue