British Pugwash Group

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 five Patrons, all of whom are leading figures from the worlds of science and academia.

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

Our Activities
Our activities range from studies on scientific and policy issues, to regular public discussion meetings and public 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 and factual comment to the media.

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

Our Projects
Current projects include research on the ethics and legality of armed robotic systems, a project on the possible impact of emerging technologies on nuclear-armed submarines, continuing work to establish a British Disarmament Institute (BRINDI), participation in the Nuclear Weapons Policy Liaison Group, and researching future energy options. A history project is helping to document the history of the Pugwash conferences since the 1950s, in particular the photographic archive.

We also host a major education programme:

PeaceJam UK works directly with Nobel Peace Laureates through its connection with Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, as joint recipients of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.

Student Young Pugwash
Student/Young Pugwash (SYP) groups exist in universities and other institutions throughout the world, as reflected in the International SYP movement. In the UK, we have over 400 SYP UK members and several active Student Union-recognised societies, supported by the SYP UK Coordinator. More on SYP UK here.

SYP UK members put on joint events, develop research and policy agendas and meet every two years with their ISYP colleagues at a prestigious, international youth conference.
The highlight of the SYP UK year is its Annual Conference. The last conference was held at SOAS and explored new trends in nuclear weapons policy and emerging technologies. For the multimedia conference report, visit here.