SGR Conferences

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) organises a conference roughly once a year on issues of concern related to science, design and technology. Keynote speakers are leading researchers/commentators in their field, and the event also includes SGR's Annual General Meeting, together with poster sessions or workshops.

This section of the website includes details of the current/forthcoming conference, together with reports of previous conferences. Links to conference presentations and related material are provided where available.


Should scientists adapt their work and lifestyles responsibly to align with the 1.5 degree climate change target, to set an example for change in wider society?


Is artificial intelligence evolving quicker than the regulation to manage it? Are we sufficiently able to imagine what major problems may emerge, and can it even be effectively regulated?

Conference outputs are now available to download!


SGR's 25th anniversary conference and AGM

With the world facing heightened risks of nuclear war, the growing threat of severe climate change, and numerous other major problems, fears are once again growing for our future.


SGR conference and AGM 2016
This conference discussed the ways in which the arms, fossil fuel and other controversial industries are involved at UK universities, how government policies encourage this, and the range of detrimental effects - and then discussed proposals for change.


Professor Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, FRS, delivered the inaugural Martin Ryle Trust lecture, which took place in Conway Hall, London.


SGR conference and AGM 2015


Progress towards all-renewable electricity supplies
Prof Keith Barnham, Imperial College London (author of The Burning Answer)

How do we keep 80% of fossil fuels in the ground? Look up, wise up, cheer up
Dr Laurence Matthews, Cap and Share UK

Nuclear weapons and climate catastrophe
Dr Philip Webber, Scientists for Global Responsibility

Demilitarization for deep decarbonization
Tamara Lorincz, International Peace Bureau

A summary of the event, together with the presentations and other material, is now available to download.



SGR conference and AGM 2014

Halton Mill, Halton, Lancaster, UK; 4 October

Main presentations:

The case for urgent and radical carbon emission reductions
Dr Maria Sharmina, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester

How can we live well within natural limits? Case studies of One Planet Living
Sue Riddlestone OBE, Chief Executive, BioRegional

The event also included workshops on community energy projects and sustainable living, and tours of eco-homes and renewable energy technologies.

A summary of the event, together with the presentations, is now available to download.


SGR conference and AGM 2013

Presentations included:

From Offensive Insecurity to Sustainable Security: The Role of Science and Technology
Dr Stuart Parkinson, Scientists for Global Responsibility

Humanitarian Problems from the Use of Nuclear Weapons - and Some Solutions?
Dr Philip Webber, Scientists for Global Responsibility

UK Energy Policy: Secure, Sustainable, Sane?
Dr Ian Fairlie, independent environmental consultant

A summary of the event is available to download, together with presentation slides and some video recordings.


SGR members gathered for the organisation’s 20th anniversary AGM and strategy forum in London in May. Over 30 people attended, including long-standing members (some of whom had first been active with either Scientists Against Nuclear Arms or Architects and Engineers for Social Responsibility) as well as recent joiners.


The SGR Conference and AGM 2011 was held at the Alan Baxter and Associates’ Gallery, London, UK on 21st May. Presentations included: Geo-engineering the Climate, Prof Joanna Haigh, Imperial College London; Robots on the Battlefield: Ethical and Humanitarian Implications, Prof Noel Sharkey, Sheffield University; Emerging Technologies and Risk: the Social, Cultural and Political Dimensions, Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski, Lancaster University.

Eight posters were presented in the afternoon session. A summary, Powerpoint presentations, and newsletter articles are available from this event.