International Network for Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility INES

Linked on our blogs with INESAP, and with INESPE .

  • The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) is an independent non-profit organisation committed to influencing the role and the impact that science and technology have on society.
  • INES efforts focus on disarmament and international peace; ethics in science; responsibilities of scientists and the responsible use of science and technology;just and sustainable development.
  • INES was founded in 1991 in Berlin at the international congress “Challenges – Science and Peace in a Rapidly Changing Environment“ and has become a network of over 200 organisations and individual members … (what is INES 1/2).

Events 2010; Campaigns; News 2010; Peace … ; Energy; Education; Member orgs; Links;
Address: INES, Schützenstr. 6a, D-10117 Berlin, Germany;

What is INES 2/2: … Innovative Reorganisation: A thorough reorientation of science and technology is necessarily based on integrated system approaches and the acceptance that science can never claim to fully tackle all aspects of reality. Only through innovative reorganisation and public accountability can the scientific and engineering communities meet their obligation to contribute to a sustainable future.

Challenges for Scientists and Engineers:

  • Rapid changes in our environment and our societies are forcing us to become more conscious of our role in the world. Science and technology are employed in a worldwide competition for military and economic power. The impacts of this competition have global implications. We have entered a phase in which global developments are in conflict with basic requirements for human survival. Large stocks of weapons of mass destruction, the overexploitation of limited common resources, and a heavily unbalanced world economy provide fundamental challenges to human civilisation and may even threaten its existence.
  • Engineers and scientists play a key role, both in developing new knowledge that might threaten international security and in providing positive solutions for the future. They are as much a part of the problem as they can be a part of the solution.

INES Activities:

  • Lobbies for nuclear disarmament and sustainable science.
  • Works for the reduction of military spending.
  • Promotes the awareness of ethical principles and the specific responsibility
  • of engineers and scientists.
  • Participates in “whistleblowing“ campaigns, which support those who have
  • been victimised for acting upon such principles.
  • Encourages and facilitates public discourse and international communication
  • among concerned scientists.
  • Organises international conferences and regional workshops.
  • Raises public awareness.
  • Promotes environmentally sound technologies.
  • Supports publishing books, e.g., Einstein, Peace Now!; Joseph Rotblat: Visionary for Peace.

INES is a member of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and closely cooperates with IPB as well as the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).

INES actively participates in the Middle Powers Initiative and has been present at the European Social Forums since 2000 and at the World Social Forums. INES is currently initiating a World Social Forum on Sciences.

INES Goals:

  • Abolition of nuclear weapons,
  • Promoting the responsible and sustainable use of science and technology,
  • Implementing ethical principles in the education of scientists and engineers.

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