British Pugwash Group

Peter Jenkins

BPG Chairman, Peter Jenkins CMG

The British Pugwash Group is a membership organisation that brings together scientists and others concerned with international affairs and disarmament. There is a particular focus on encouraging engagement of young people, especially young scientists.

It is run on a day-to-day basis by its Executive Committee, which manages projects funded by outside organisations and the ongoing work of the group.

We are pleased to have the support of seven Patrons, all of whom are leading figures from the worlds of science and defence.

British Pugwash Group is occasionally supported by the British Pugwash Trust, a charitable foundation established to support scientists involved in Pugwash-type activity. A list of current trustees can be found here.

Our Activities
Our activities include studies on scientific and policy issues, regular public discussion meetings and education events, and engagement with politicians and government officials.

Our publications include reports of in-depth scientific and policy research, both internally and externally commissioned, as well as public position statements.

We also participate with International Pugwash in research on the history of Pugwash and help keep its archives open to researchers.

Our Projects
Current projects include work on:

  • Ethics of armed robotic systems
  • Potential impacts of emerging technologies on nuclear-armed submarines
  • Risks of climate change to military and nuclear infrastructure
  • Future energy options vis-a-vis climate change
  • Arms control options relating to hypersonic cruise missiles

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

Student Young Pugwash
SYP groups exist in universities and institutions throughout the world, as part of the International SYP movement. In the UK, we have over 400 SYP UK members and several active campus societies. More on SYP UK here

SYP UK members put on joint events, develop research and policy initiatives, and meet every two years with their ISYP peers at a prestigious, international youth conference.
The highlight of the year is the SYP UK Annual Conference, which focuses on peace and arms control. For media from recent conferences, visit here