Student / Young Pugwash (SYP) is a network of students, researchers and younger
people interested in a wide range of peace and security issues.
We are the youth wing of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on
Science and World Affairs, founded in 1957 by Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Joseph
Rotblat and other prominent public figures and scientists.
Our annual conference is an opportunity for younger people to share their ideas and
research from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. This year’s conference will focus on
trends in politics and technology, exploring whether these trends might increase or
decrease the likelihood of peace in different contexts.
Workshops at Warwick Peace Conference will be divided into ‘streams’ – one exploring
trends in politics, the other in technology.
Steam 1: Politics and Peace: This stream will look at trends and dynamics in global,
regional and local politics. Examples of presentation topics could include: International
institutions (eg. NATO, UN, NPT, CTBT), regional conflicts (Middle East, North East Asia,
Brexit), US–Russia relationship, changes and challenges in arms control and
International Humanitarian Law, refugee flows etc. The goal of these workshops will be
to explore risks and opportunities for peace-making and disarmament.
Steam 2: Technology and Peace: This stream will look at trends and developments in
technology. Examples of topics could include the military and commercial use of space,
emerging dual-use technologies, technological challenges to nuclear weapons (eg. anti-
submarine tech, cyber), ICT (eg. fake news, surveillance, cyber attacks), carbon-neutral
technologies, robotics and ethical / citizen science. The goal of these workshops will be
to explore whether these technologies increase or decrease peace and stability, and how
societies and governments should respond to or regulate technologies that affect peace.
The above examples are not comprehensive – feel free to submit presentations
proposals on different topics within the thematic ‘streams’.
Presentation proposals should be no longer than 300 words and should include the
1. Your name, organisation / university affiliation, position / educational level, and your
discipline (eg. what you study).
2. The notional title of your presentation.
3. A summary of your presentation, including its contextual background.
4. Specific policy or other recommendations, for government, international
organisations or civil society, are encouraged but not essential.
Please submit your proposal to SYP Coordinator Andrew Gibson via
firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st February 2017.