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50th Anniversary of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Student Pugwash USA is the U.S. student affiliate of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize. SPUSA is pleased to announce its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in 2007 during the national conference and in chapter activities throughout the year.

Reception to Open the
14th National Conference on Science and Social Responsibility

Scientists, academics, policymakers, and nonprofit leaders from the Washington area joined student conference participants to commemorate Pugwash’s role in promoting global peace and security. The evening program included:

  • Scientific Poster & Creative Arts Contest entries on display
  • Internship, fellowship and career information for students from leading science organizations: AAAS, Women in International Security, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Union of Concerned Scientists, Campus Progress, Association for Women in Science, Center for Environmental Research at the EPA, American Psychological Association, Federation of American Scientists, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, Peace Corps, and Teach for America
  • Keynote remarks began at 7:00 p.m. by Dr. Richard L. Garwin, National Medal of Science Laureate and scientific advisor to U.S. presidents
It started with a Manifesto...

In 1955 Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Joseph Rotblat and other eminent scientists issued a manifesto urging scientists to "think in a new way" about their moral responsibilities in the nuclear age. In 1957, the first Pugwash Conference was held in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, bringing together some of the greatest scientific minds to address nuclear weapons issues and the social responsibility of scientists. A student founded Student Pugwash in 1979 with the fundamental belief that young people play a vital role in determining the socially responsible application of science and technology. SPUSA strives to convene the next generation of scientists around today's parallel issues.

Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Read the Russell-Einstein Manifesto

1995 Nobel Peace Prize

On October 13, 1995, the Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to Professor Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs "for their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and in the longer run to eliminate such arms." Professor Rotblat was the co-founder of Pugwash and the only scientist to leave the Manhattan Project, refusing to work further on the atomic bomb after the Nazis were defeated. In response to Rotblat's call for an ethical Hippocratic Oath for scientists, Student Pugwash created a student pledge, calling young scientists to making a personal commitment to use science and technology in a socially responsible way. In 1999, Student Pugwash initiated the Joseph Rotblat Lecture on Science and Social Responsibility in honor of Rotblat's pioneering life dedicated to the responsible use of science.

"Remember Your Humanity," Professor Joseph Rotblat's Nobel Speech

Learn more about the Pugwash Nobel Peace Prize

Pugwash Today

The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs continue to convene each year, bringing together influential scholars and public figures from around the world concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems. The annual conferences are attended by 150 to 250 people from around the world to promote peace and prevent conflict through various issue areas, including nuclear disarmament, regional security, and nonmilitary threats to human security. Most recently, the 56th Conference "A Region in Transition: Peace and Reform in the Middle East" was held in Cairo, Egypt in November 2006. Pugwash's regional workshops and symposia, which typically involve 30 to 50 participants, convene to address other issues throughout the year. Recent workshops have examined the threats posed by HIV/AIDS, socio-economic issues in Latin America, and the governance dispute in Kashmir.

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