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.

The SGR Responsible Science Conference 2019

The Gallery, Farringdon, London, UK,  EC1M 6EL

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Autonomous weapons, driverless cars and friendly spies in the home

SGR conference and AGM 2018

The Gallery, Farringdon, London, UK

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? This conference, with presentations and interactive sessions, explored both obvious threats and more subtle ones.

Conference outputs are now available to download!
 

The third Martin Ryle lecture

Lecture by Sir Paul Nurse; Review by Alan Cottey

Paul Nurse speaks on the cultural and practical significance of scientific research

Some lessons for the next 25 years

SGR's 25th anniversary conference and AGM

The Gallery, Farringdon, London, UK; 28 October 2017

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. Yet a look at evidence from history, science and technology provides lessons for how rapid positive changes could take place in our society. SGR's 25th anniversary conference drew upon some of the latest research to look at what could be achieved in the not-so-distant future.

A summary of the conference and other outputs are available to download.
 

The influence of the arms, fossil fuels and other industries

SGR conference and AGM 2016

The Gallery, Farringdon, London, UK; 19 November

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

Presentations are available to download/ view.

 

Martin Ryle Trust lecture

14 September 2016

Lecture by Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS; Review by Vanessa Spedding
 

SGR conference and AGM 2015

The Gallery, Farringdon, London, UK; 31 October

Presentations

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

Eight posters were also presented during the event.

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

St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK; 16 November

Presentations:

  • 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.
 

Edward Cullinan Architects, London, UK; 19 May 2012