Security and disarmament

SGR produces a range of resources on the issue of 'security and disarmament'. This covers military technologies, arms control and disarmament (esp. nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, ‘Missile Defense’, conventional weapons) - as well as alternative concepts of security, peace building and conflict prevention.

Scientists and engineers have a central role in the development of weapons and therefore share a special responsibilty to society. SGR's project work has investigated the extensive influence that the military has over science and technology.

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We at Scientists for Global Responsibility are deeply saddened to hear of the death today of Professor Stephen Hawking – who had been a patron of our organisation since its formation in 1992, and of its predecessor Scientists Against Nuclear Arms.

Media release, 14 March 2018


Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, looks at the current crisis over North Korea’s weapons programme and contrasts it with the new UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Article from SGR Newsletter no.46; online publication: 22 February 2018

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, outlines plans for a huge increase in funding from the European Union for military R&D - and discusses how it can be challenged.

Article from SGR Newsletter no.46; advance online publication: 13 February 2018

Dr Philip Webber, SGR, describes the shocking effects should nuclear weapons ever be used again in war.

Article from Huffington Post UK website; re-published: 31 January 2018

SGR, Medact, and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health welcome the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN for its critical role in campaigning for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, agreed this summer. The organisations view the TPNW as a significant step forward towards eliminating these weapons of mass destruction - and urge the UK government to support the treaty.

Joint statement; 8 December 2017

Lessons and hopes for the future

Dr Philip Webber, SGR, looks at cases of positive transitions from the Cold War period and more recently, to help us tackle the security problems of today and tomorrow.

Presentation at the SGR conference 2017; online publication: 20 November 2017


Presentation by Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, at CND conference.

Published online: 16 October 2017



This year's recipient is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), of which SGR is a partner organisation.

Media release, 9 October 2017

With 'New Scientist Live' being sponsored this year by Shell and BAE Systems, SGR has joined other campaign organisations in calling for them not to take sponsorship from the arms and fossil fuel industries in future.

Joint statement, 25 September 2017

Analysis showing how the UK's Trident nuclear weapons are powerful enough to cause a nuclear winter, and the implications of this for the UK's policy of nuclear deterrence.

Presentation by Dr Philip Webber, SGR, at 'Health Through Peace' conference, York University, UK

Online publication: 12 September 2017