International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) is pleased to announce a call for applications to join our Executive Board

We are recruiting motivated young scholars and policy practitioners with diverse backgrounds and expertise, ranging from science and technology to political science and international law. Successful candidates will join existing Board Members in Summer 2021 to pursue the main objectives of the group and develop the range of activities and projects. This is a voluntary position and the expected time commitment is variable, depending on the willingness of candidates to engage in projects or working group meetings, but would normally run no more than 2-4 hours per month.

The main responsibility of Executive Board members is to guide the direction and activities of the ISYP network in line with our tradition and values. The Executive Board is committed to represent individuals with different areas of expertise as well as different geo-political regions of the world. Since 2001, the nature of the Executive Board has changed, according to the needs and possibilities of International Student/Young Pugwash. Today, members of the Executive Board have a direct bearing on the following areas:

  •       The organization of annual conferences and other international events
  •       The promotion and co-organization of regional events, such as workshops, consultations and meetings
  •       The relations of ISYP with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
  •       The future of International Student/Young Pugwash

The Board works closely with the Nobel Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs to provide the next generation of students and young professionals concerned with the interface of science, technology, society and ethics unique opportunities to address potential sources of conflict, and to come up with new and innovative solutions to our greatest security challenges. These include:

  •       Nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and arms control
  •       The impact of emerging technologies (cyber, AI, robotics)
  •       CBRN security
  •       Conflict mediation and regional cooperation
  •       Climate change and environmental security
  •       Ethical issues in science and technology

Candidates must be under 35. Deadline for submissions is 4 April 2021.
Please complete the application form: 

“Narratives of Change: Cooperation and Partnerships among Communities in the MENA Region” – 2nd Conference in Cyprus, 2017

International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) held a second annual meeting organized jointly with the DCAF Centre of Geneva on 24-26 November 2017.

Narratives of Change: Cooperation and Partnerships among Communities in the MENA Region” sought to reinforce the message that young people should not be constrained by the existing beliefs and political orientations of the older generation. Asking how it is possible to change the region by challenging beliefs, the conference provided an opportunity for both past and new participants to exchange ideas on issues of common interest in the region and identify possibilities for cooperation and partnerships to tackle them. Continue reading

10th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) Conference in Astana

The 10th International Student/Young Pugwash (ISYP) conference, “Nuclear World Order: Global and Regional Security Issues and Prospects for Cooperation,” was held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 23-24 August 2017.

The conference included 32 participants from 20 countries who presented papers on a broad range of subjects: measuring disarmament progress; interplay between disarmament and non-proliferation objectives; future of deterrence; impact of emerging technologies; assessment of regional challenges in North-East Asia, South Asia and the Middle-East, and other issues central to the mission of ISYP and the Pugwash Conferences. Continue reading