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Scientists for Global Responsibility

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) is an independent UK-based membership organisation of about 1000 natural and social scientists, engineers, IT professionals and architects. SGR promotes science, design and technology that contribute to peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

SGR produces reports and briefings, makes presentations at universities and elsewhere, writes to politicians and the media. The main issues are

  • Climate change and energy

  • Security and disarmament

  • Who controls science and technology?

  • Emerging technologies

SGR has published ten booklets/briefings as part of its project work on ethical careers in science, design and technology. They have also published several articles and give frequent presentations. Its web site has a listing of ‘ethical’ employers in various areas of science.

SGR also runs a mailing list for members.

SGR is affiliated to the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility? (INES) whose web site is here. The following is quoted from their constitution.

Constitution

1. STATEMENT OF VALUES

Scientists for Global Responsibility (incorporating Architects and Engineers for Social Responsibility, Electronics and Computing for Peace, Psychologists for Peace, and Scientists Against Nuclear Arms) is an independent organisation of scientists, architects and engineers committed to the ethical and accountable practice and use of science, design and technology.

We believe science, design and technology should be used responsibly, in a way that contributes to justice and peace in human society, and to the long-term well-being of the wider environment.

2. STATEMENT OF AIMS

The objectives of Scientists for Global Responsibility are to promote and co-ordinate research, education, discussion and related activities of scientists, architects and engineers, aiming to further the ethical practice and use of science and technology. In particular, we will

  • work for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction

  • promote a transfer of human and financial resources away from military applications and towards civil ones

  • promote a transfer of human and financial resources away from non-renewable energy and material sources and towards renewable ones

  • argue for adequate analyses of the benefits, risks and uncertainties of technological innovations (especially those, such as biotechnology, with great potential for good or ill) before commitment to their use or non-use

  • promote economic ideas and policies which are consistent with the values expressed in [1] above

  • promote a culture that recognises both the expertise of specialists and the needs of all those affected by science and technology

  • promote the conditions in which scientists, architects, engineers and technologists may use their skills in ways consistent with the values expressed in [1] above. Such conditions include the existence of pluralist, accountable sources of funding, and the ability of professionals in these fields to publish their work, freely and without risk of reprisals.

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