What is Pugwash?

The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs is an international network of scientists and others concerned about the social impact of science, with particular interests in abolishing weapons of mass destruction and ultimately, war itself.

Joseph Rotblat

Joseph Rotblat and colleagues at the the 17th Pugwash Conference, Ronneby, Sweden, 1967

Above all, remember your humanity

Joseph Rotblat, Acceptance and Nobel Lecture 1995

With national movements in over 50 countries, Pugwash has made a unique contribution to the peace movement. Since 1957, it has provided a respected forum for discussion where scientists and experts from different backgrounds and political systems take part as individuals and not as representatives of any government, primarily in “off the record” meetings.

This ground-breaking approach provides channels to transmit information to the highest levels of government. Its influence has been enhanced by its reputation for impeccable scientific integrity and lack of bias. Pugwash working groups have provided background work for, among other things, the Partial Test Ban Treaty (1963), the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (1968) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (1993).

Pugwash was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, shared with its co-founder and the organisation’s most inspirational figure, Joseph Rotblat, in recognition of their “efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international affairs and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms”.

British Pugwash has played and continues to play a major role in many of its activities.

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