SGR - promoting ethical science, design and technology

SGR is an independent UK-based membership organisation of about 900 natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, IT professionals and architects. We promote science, design and technology that contribute to peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

SGR's work is focused on four main issues: security and disarmament; climate change and energy, including nuclear power; who controls science and technology? and emerging technologies.

SGR is affiliated to the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES)

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Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR's Executive Director, will speak at a panel discussion on 'Militarisation and science' at the NATO counter-conference in Cardiff.

Sunday 31 August 2014
 

SGR conference and AGM 2014

Come and discuss how we can both tackle climate change and improve our quality of life. Part of the event will involve tours of cutting-edge eco-homes and community-scale renewable energy technologies.

Saturday 4 October

Halton Mill, Halton, Lancaster LA2 6ND, UK

10.00 to 16.30

Registration is now open

Conference supporter: Halton Lune Hydro CIC
 

Examining the evidence

This report, published by Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), critically reviews current evidence across a number of issues associated with shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These include environmental and public health aspects, and socio-economic considerations. The report raises a number of important concerns, especially regarding regulation of the industry and problems related to climate change.

Following subsequent criticism by some supporters of fracking, we have also produced a rebuttal of their main points.

21 July 2014 (updated 14 August 2014)
 

On the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Prof Peter Nicholls, University of Essex, examines the development and use of chemical weapons from that period to the modern day, highlighting some of the ethical debates involving scientists and policy-makers.

Article from SGR Newsletter 43 (advance publication), 28 July 2014
 

Presentation by Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, at Halton Mill, nr Lancaster, UK

17 July 2014
 

Presentation by Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, at the workshop, ‘Militarization of Science 1914 and Today’, at the Sarajevo Peace Event, Bosnia

6 June 2014
 

Presentation by Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, at the 'Circling the Square' conference, Nottingham University.

Based on SGR's research, the presentation summarises how powerful interests - such as large corporations and the military - can and do distort science for their own ends.

22 May 2014