What's New in INES 29. October, 2010
- Open letter to the UK Prime Minister UK David Cameron regarding public science funding cuts and nuclear weapons research, co-ordinated by the INES member organisation Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR).
- INES Student & Youth Project now online
- NATO Counter Summit - International conference, 19.-21. November 2010, Lisbon/Portugal
- Klimaforum10, the autonomous environmental summit, 26.November - 11. December 2010, Cancún/Mexico
- COP16, 29. November -10. December 2010, Cancún/Mexico
- World Forum on Science and Democracy, 4.-5. February 2011, Dakar/Senegal
- World Social Forum, 6.-11. February 2011, Dakar/Senegal
13. October 2010
Open letter to the UK Prime Minister David Cameron regarding public science funding cuts and nuclear weapons research, co-ordinated by the INES member organisation Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR).
36 science professors have today written to the Prime Minister calling on him to protect core scientific research by cutting investment in developing new nuclear weapons.
The scientists, who include ex-Royal Society head, Sir Michael Atiyah and Nobel Prize winner, Sir Harold Kroto, highlight how £2bn a year, over 25% of the government's total scientific research and development budget, is currently spent by the Ministry of Defence.
Their objections focus on government funding of a multi-billion pound research programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, aimed at developing new nuclear warheads. This year this science programme received an additional £1bn of government funding, and this level of 'additional investment' is set to continue until 2013
See article in "The Guardian" here: www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/oct/13/military-research-science-cuts-scientists
and in BBC News: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11529367
The INES Student & Youth Projec is now online here:
If you have information especially for students please let us know so we can disseminate the news! Please write to officeinesglobalcom
NATO Counter Summit - International conference, 19.-21. November 2010, Lisbon/Portugal
The international network “No to War – No to NATO”, which comprises more than 650 organizations enforces its endeavors to use the NATO summit as a platform for protest against war and militarism.
Selected topics and speakers
- War and Peace (Sandra Monteiro, Le Monde Diplomatique, Portugal)
- Relations between Russia and NATO (Vitaly Merkushew, Eurasian Network of Political Research, Russia)
- The new NATO Strategy and Global Crisis (Vitor Lima, PAGAN, Portugal)
- Nuclear weapons in the new NATO-Strategy (Joseph Gerson, AFSC, USA)
- Missile Defense Systems in Eastern Europe/Russia (Jan Majicek, No Bases, CR)
- NATO’s War in Afghanistan (RAWA, Afghanistan, tbc)
Read background here: www.no-to-nato.org/2010/10/20/2648/
Video-Livestream Anti-NATO Summit November 2010 in Lisbon
During the Anti-NATO Summit we will constantly inform you about whats happening. You can watch the whole conference in our livestream, see the highlights of the day in short clips and get impressions of all the various actions that take place during the summit.
See complete program:www.inesglobal.com/download.php
Klimaforum10, the autonomous environmental summit, 26.November - 11. December 2010, accompanying the COP16 from 29. November -10. December 2010, Cancún/Mexico
INES is registered with three workshops at the Klimaforum10:
1. Climate and Conflict - INES and La Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (UCCS) Mexico
The focus of the event will be dialectic: how climate changes and conflicts/wars cause and worsen each other.
Speakers: Prof. Jürgen Scheffran, Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) at the KlimaCampus Excellence Initiative of Hamburg University
Dr. Joachim Spangenberg, Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)
Reiner Braun, INES Program Director
Enrique Leff , UCCS (tbc); Omar Masera, UCCS, IPCC (tbc)
2. Science and Responsibility
"We are responsible not only for what we do but also for what we accept without objection." (Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry and Peace)
Examples of the commitments of scientists against a global climate catastrophy will be described and discussed. The role and importance of the IPCC. Boundaries of responsibility and political challenges.
Speakers from INES, UCCS and of the Union of concerned Scientists (UCS) USA.
3. What is INES and what is its role?: Scientists engaging in the struggle for peace and sustainability.
The program will be online soon here: klimaforum10.org/en/
Info about COP16 here:www.cc2010.mx/en
World Forum on Science and Democracy, 4.-5. February 2011, Dakar/Senegal
World Social Forum, 6.-11. February 2011, Dakar/Senegal