From:    Joe Vise (  
Date:    Thu Feb  1,  3:58pm
Subject: INES Newsletter #14                                              

     International Network of Engineers and Scientists (INES)
     for Global Responsibility

     of which Science for Peace is an organizational member,
     now issues a SUMMARY of its Newsletter on e-mail


                !!!NEXT STOP AMSTERDAM!!!

The program committee of the 1996 INES Conference met in Amsterdam, which
also will be the site of the conference, during October 28-29. The meeting,
chaired by Philip B. Smith and Armin Tenner, decided to go ahead with the
conference, as committments to funding had reached a threshold level. The
funds allocated so far cover only the plenary events with some support of
the organizational tasks. Most of the workshops have to be self-supporting.
Further fundraising activities are under way.

The Amsterdam Congress will be the first large-scale meeting of the INES
to make it a resounding success!


All personal members and INES member organisations are asked to take an
active role in announcing the Amsterdam Congress to colleagues and
professional circles. We suggest three ways:

1. You can copy and distribute the congress announcement on your own

2. You can order congress announcements and/or posters (A3 or A2) from the
INES office and take care of the distribution.

3. You can distribute the congress announcement via email. The email
announcement is available from (A. Tenner).


The www home page of the congress is at

This site carries information about the congress, and will allow on-line
registration and hotel reservation. Abstracts can be submitted via the home
page or directly by email to  Various email lists will be set up,
e.g. for workshop preparation. An up to date description of these is found
on the home page of the congress.


The Program Committee will accept papers for presentation at a workshop
meeting or at the poster session. The Committee will base its judgement on 
an abstract of not more than 500 words with full professional address,
email and
fax connection that must be submitted before 1 April 1996. Preferentially,
submission should be by email in plain ascii to or as a www
message, as described before. All accepted abstracts will be published in
the abstract book, available at the time of the conference. The proceedings
will contain all presentations of the plenary sessions, as well as summaries
or selected papers of the workshop sessions.

Video tapes on practical examples relevant to sustainable development
should be
sent to Prof. Lars Ryd
E9n, Baltic University Program, P.O.Box 2109, 75002
Uppsala, Sweden, before 1 August 1996.

Registration, fees and accomodation

Please ask the congress office for further information: INES Congress
Secretariat, Mr. Reiner Braun, P.O.Box 101707, 44017 Dortmund, Germany.
Tel: +49-231-103825/26, Fax: +49-231-103869, email, or consult the Congress home page.


It is universally agreed that this year's Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to Joseph
Rotblat and the Pugwash Confereneces on Science and World Affairs, honours
some of the most important work done for peace in the fateful years of the
War when the world stood on the brink of nuclear disaster.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee quotes Rotblat's involvement in the Rusell-
Einstein Manifesto of 1955 and the foundation of the Pugwash Movement in 1957.
It further states: "The [Pugwash] Conferences are based on the recognition of
the responsiblity of scientists for their inventions. They have underlined the
catastrophic consequences of the use of the new weapons. They have brought
together scientists and decisison-makers to collaborate across political
divides on constructive proposals for reducing the nuclear threat."

Professor Joseph Rotblat was born in Warsaw, Poland, where he received his
doctorate in physics in 1936. During the war he became a member of the British
team of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. When it became clear that Germany
would not develop a bomb, he resigned from the project at the end of 1944, the
only senior scientist to do so. Thereafter, his scientific work focused on
biomedical research, aiming at positive applications of science. He devoted
much time and effort on countering the threat posed by nuclear weapons; e.g.
he organized the Atom Train Exhibition in England to inform the public about
the dangers of nuclear weapons, and, as mentioned, was instrumental in making
the Pugwash Movement an important factor in defusing the threat of nuclear

Joseph Rotblat participated in the Challenges-Congress in Berlin in 1991, and
he has been a member of the INES Council since then. He has also taken an
active role in INESAP, by joining the Study Group "Beyond the NPT: A Nuclear
Weapon-Free World". At the NPT Review and Extension Conference in New
York, he publicly objected against the argument that an indefinite extension
of the NPT should be the only rationale to be discussed there. He used the
opportunity to push the idea of a nuclear weapon free world, a theme that was
also taken up by the Pugwash Conference in Hiroshima in July this year.


Profiting from the general interest raised by the start of the World Court
hearings on the legality of nuclear weapons, the groups behind the Caucus
and the World Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons convened a strategy
meeting at The Hague on November 5th, 1995. Representatives of 50 national
and international organisations from Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and the
Pacific Area attended. The meeting resulted in the establishment of the
"Abolition 2000 Network: A Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons".

The network consists at this stage of five elements:
- The endorsing organisations, who have signed the Abolition Caucus Statement.
- A number of working groups through which the organisations cooperate on
- A Clearinghouse to collect and distribute information around the network and
to service and support the working groups.
- A Committee to ensure the effective functioning of the Clearinghouse, in
particular to raise funds for it.
- An email listserver, through which documentation may be obtained and
distributed electronically. To subscribe to the listserver, send a message to with only the following in the body of the text:
"subscribe abolition-caucus ".

The next international meeting of the new network is envisaged for February/
March 1996, when the International Court has announced its decision on the
issue whether nuclear weapons are compatible with international law (the
World Court Project).

For further information, contact: International Clearinghouse of the Abolition
2000 Network, c/o Western States Legal Foundation, attn. Jackie Cabasso, 1440
Broadway, Suite 500, Oakland CA 94612, USA. Tel.: -1-510-839 5877, Fax: -1-
510-839 5397, email:
or Reiner Braun at the INES Central Office.

Pugwash and Science for Peace on WWW

Electronic communication freaks can reach the Pugwash Movement on their
recently established home page:
The home page of Science for Peace, Canada, is at