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SPUSA Pledge

Through the SPUSA pledge program young people are challenged to make a personal commitment to use science and technology in a socially responsible way , thereby, contributing to a safer, more just society. The pledge creates public discourse over the role of individual responsibility when selecting a career.

The pledge reads:

I promise to work for a better world, where science and technology are used in socially responsible ways. I will not use my education for any purpose intended to harm human beings or the environment. Throughout my career, I will consider the ethical implications of my work before I take action. While the demands placed upon me may be great, I sign this declaration because I recognize that individual responsibility is the first step on the path to peace.

Download Pledge Brochure (279K PDF)

SPUSA initiated the pledge program in response to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs and Sir Joseph Rotblat (a founding member of the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs) in 1995. It is used extensively in the United States and by international Student Pugwash groups. Currently over 5,000 people in more than 60 countries have signed the pledge.

The pledge embodies the ideals promoted at SPUSA and is now a central part of all programs. The pledge symbolizes the fact that young people have the ability to actively promote the kind of world in which they want to live.

See also the Graduation Pledge Alliance

Joseph Rotblat Lecture on Science and Social Responsibility

In 1999, as part of the SPUSA pledge program, the Joseph Rotblat Lecture on Science and Social Responsibility was initiated. The lecture series was introduced to honor Sir Rotblat's pioneering life dedicated to the responsible use of science.

The lectures for this series are as follows:

2003: "2003: Current International Security" Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

2002: "A Lifetime Committed to the Betterment of Society" Ruth Adams, former editor of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

2001: "Science, Technology, and the State of the World: Some Reflections After September 11" Dr. John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

1999: "Science and Social Responsibility in the New Millennium" Sir Joseph Rotblat, founding member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, 1995 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize