2007

SGR produces a range of resources on the issue of 'Who controls science and technology?' This includes the power of vested interests (especially the military and private corporations), openness and democracy in science, and public engagement and participation. Two of our main projects focus on military influence on science and technology, and corporate influence on science and technology.

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Presentation by Dr Chris Langley, SGR, in the European Parliament under the auspices of the Quaker Intergroup for Peace Initiatives, Nov 2007
 

Does the patent system encourage inappropriate commercial influence over biotechnology research? Helen Wallace, GeneWatch, argues that it does, and invites us to take part in an investigation to uncover and address the reality.

Article from SGR Newsletter no. 34, summer 2007
 

The militarisation of science and technology - an update

SGR briefing by Chris Langley, Stuart and Philip Webber; August 2007

This briefing provides an update to Soldiers In The Laboratory. In addition to SGR's latest findings about the power and influence of the military in science, engineering and technology (SET) in the UK and elsewhere since the previous report was written, this briefing also highlights some of the problems encountered in obtaining detailed information on military involvement in R&D despite the entry into force of the Freedom of Information Act. The report also documents the huge imbalance between government R&D funding of the military and funding to tackle ill-health, environmental degradation and poverty, and argues that a major shift in resources towards supporting social justice and environmental protection and away from the military is needed.
 

Article by Stuart Parkinson, SGR, in the Institue of Physics magazine, Physics World, 1 March 2007