Nuclear cataclysm, militarism, global heating and vast inequalities threaten the future of humanity and other species. Science for Peace, in addressing these deadly issues, adheres to a unifying vision.
Care of humanity and of Earth and its ecosystems is the precondition for both justice and peace. Human beings, creatures, and plants are part of a web of life that depends on Earth for its sustenance. None are on Earth of their own choice.
As intelligent living beings gifted with a moral sense, humans share responsibility to help humans, animals, and Earth itself — its air, water, plants, trees — to flourish. Science, as the instrument of reason, should be dedicated to creating peace and justice, and therefore nurturing life in human societies, among nations, and in nature.
This approach stands in opposition to the war and militarism model, and to the market mentality that reduces life to the individual pursuit of material gain. The economy depends for its functioning on Earth’s ecosystems and social systems. Yet unrestrained greed, commodification, and consumerism are destroying ecosystems and rending societies by unjust, unsustainable inequality.
Peace, justice, and ecological sustainability are indivisible, and science must foster all three. Science for Peace is grounded in these understandings.
Science for Peace was established in 1981, as the final decade of the Cold War began.
We are a charitable organization dedicated to popular education and research in the fields of peace, sustainability and justice.
Our members use knowledge to inform and change public policy. Science for Peace members focus, today as in the past, on the elimination of nuclear weapons, prevention of nuclear war and the weaponization of space, and conversion of the military economy to peaceful and sustainable uses.
Throughout our history, members have researched, taught, spoken up, and consulted to the government and to the UN. We hold many public meetings and forums, engage people through social media and our website, and collaborate with and support the activities of allied groups.
Meet like-minded and engaged people from a range of academic backgrounds and nonacademic professions. We welcome members from outside academia.
Members can participate in, or generate, coalition building, research, working groups, conferences, and follow-up activities.
Your annual membership fee supports research and education, allowing us to produce materials online and in printed form, and mount forums, workshops and lectures. SfP is a registered charity: memberships and donations are tax deductible. The Join/Donate page has more information on how to join and pay your dues online.
- Sustaining Members: $100
- Regular Members: $60
- Unwaged/Student Members: $20
- Global South Members: $10
We invite university students to join the SfP Campus Group, which works closely with Science for Peace Canada. More details, and an application form, are available at the campus group page on this site. We also welcome applications for internships.
See the Science for Peace contact page
SCIENCE FOR PEACE BY-LAWS :
SCIENCE FOR PEACE MINUTES :
Board of Directors Meeting, May 14, 2020
Annual General Meeting, June 25, 2020
Board of Directors Meeting, July 22, 2020
Board of Directors Meeting, November 24, 2020
Richard Sandbrook, President
Richard Sandbrook is professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His professional expertise was in the political economy of international development, though currently he studies the politics of climate change. He has written or edited 14 books.
Robert Acheson, Treasurer
Rob Acheson is the chair of the Nuclear Weapons Working Group and represents Science for Peace on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. His background is in business as the Operations Manager for a corrugated box plant in Markham, Ontario, but peace and justice issues are his passion. He has met with many Members of Parliament over the years advocating for a Ministry of Peace in Canada and for Canada to sign and ratify the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Jorge is a Professor at the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto,and a Senior Scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Adnan Zuberi, Member at large
Adnan represents the membership and loves connecting students, scientists and the general public together. He is deeply concerned about nuclear war, and false pretexts used for conflicts.
Arnd Jurgensen, Member at large
Arnd Jurgensen’s research has focused on the political economy of the global south,
especially Latin America. He has taught at several Universities in Canada and in faculties ranging from applied sciences and engineering to interdisciplinary studies. He is currently doing research and teaching courses on international politics at the University of Toronto. He has been involved in environmental activism for decades and until the recent shut down, was active in the Toronto music scene, performing regularly in venues around town.
Ellie Kirzner, Secretary
William Browett, Member at Large
Danny Harvey, Board Member
Danny is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Areas of
expertise and research: global warming science, solutions related to
energy efficiency, sufficiency, renewable energy and diet (and the
connections between them).
Sorpong Peou, Board Member
Professor of Global Peace and Security Studies, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University.Sorpong is a long-time member of Science for Peace, having previously served a term as President. Member of the Eminent Persons Group at the Asian Political and International Student Association; Fellow of McLaughlin College, York University; Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Peace and Cooperation; Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Cambodian Development Research Institute.
Julieta Vargas, Campaigner-Nuclear Weapons
International relations specialist, passionate about international
development, food security and climate change. Julieta is interested in
denuclearization and the intersection between climate change, refugees, war
and gender studies.
Nicholas Lovrics, Intern
Nicholas is a fourth year Political Science and International Relations student working to complete a Focus in Canadian Foreign and Security Relations. He is interested in international security, rogue states, and has published on issues relating to Iranian nationalism and Israeli-American relations.
Gary Topp, Communications Advisor
Gary has been an independent Toronto entertainment promoter since 1972. garytopp.com
Reflections on the Origins of SfP by one of its founders, Derek Paul
Podcast for Global Conversations on Science for Peace
Part 1: In this episode, Paige Smith speaks to Professor Richard Sandbrook about his organization, Science for Peace, and how it is working to educate and conduct research in the fields of peace, sustainability and justice.
Part 2: In this episode, Paige Smith talks to Sara Beiruiti and Christian Tramontin – the Munk students running the on-campus Science for Peace group at the University of Toronto – about their organization’s ongoing engagement in the conversation about climate change and non-proliferation.