“Science and Social Responsibility: Rising Problems, Wise Initiatives” – A Pugwash Workshop

Organized in partnership with UNESCO, this workshop reflected on how scientists can live up to their moral and social responsibility in the current age of globalization. This is particularly important to ensure that scientific and technological innovations are used for the benefit of humankind, and to help the world solve armed conflicts and build sustainable socially inclusive societies where human dignity is respected and environment is protected.

The day after the meeting of International Student Young Pugwash which took place on 13 March 2012 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, in Paris (France), the workshop launched the activities of the Pugwash Working Group on Social Responsibility of Scientists which was established at the 59th Conference of this international movement on Science and World Affairs in July 2011 in Berlin.

With the aim to go beyond discussion of the problems, some 100 expected participants tried to identify a number of specific areas where Pugwash activity could really make a difference and advance international cooperation under UNESCO’s auspices in the context of the proposed revision of the 1974 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers.

Thus this workshop has reinforced the partnership between the Pugwash Movement (http://www.pugwash.org/) and UNESCO, in particular its World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) of which the Pugwash President, Mr Jayantha Dhanapal from Sri Lanka, is ex-officio member.

Organized in conformity with the format adopted by the Pugwash Movement, the discussions permited to the participants, invited in their personal capacity, to involve in an open discussion and formulate proposals without committing their respective governments. The debates were held in the English language only.

By creating this Working Group, the Pugwash Movement, known for its unwavering commitment to the world free from nuclear weapons for which it received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995, intends to reaffirm its faithfulness to the 1955 Russell- Einstein Manifesto that was born out of their deep conviction that scientists must make sure that their inventions serve peace and prosperity.

The mission of Pugwash Movement echoes that of UNESCO, whose Constitution proclaims that lasting peace must be founded on intellectual and moral solidarity of humankind.

For more information about the meeting held the day before in the Ecole Normale Supérieure, please consult: jeunes.pugwash.fr.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 14.03.2012 08:00 local time
End 15.03.2012 16:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer Pugwash International
Contact j.crowley@unesco.org; i.zoubenko-laplante@unesco.org; r.siryani@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room IX
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 100
Official Website Concept Note
Link 1 Programme
Link 2 Recommendation on the Status of Scientific Researchers, 1974
Link 3 Science Communication: an Essential Component of Development Strategies (by David Dickson)
Link 4 Ciencia: nueva perspectiva sobre la propiedad intelectual (by Karen Hallberg, in Spanish)