The inaugural Polanyi Conference on Science and Social Responsibility will take place on Saturday, November 15th from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Munk School of Global Affairs. This conference will provide a forum for meaningful debate about the pressing issue of nuclear deterrence.

The Polanyi Conference is an exceptional opportunity to hear Dr. John C. Polanyi, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and tireless public intellectual, speak and engage in discussion about nuclear weapons as they relate to Canadian society. Dr. Polanyi will be joined by experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss the role of nuclear weapons in the 21st century. Other speakers and panelists include Dr. M.V. Ramana of Princeton University, Dr. Adele Buckley (moderator) of Canadian Pugwash Group, Dr. Tom Nichols of the U.S. Naval War College, Dr. Nancy Doubleday of McMaster University, and Dr. Robert Bothwell and Dr. Jack Cunningham of the University of Toronto.

Registration is now open at Tickets will be sold for $5.00 (student ticket) and $10.00 (general admission). For more information about the conference, please visit or email


This event is hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto and is generously sponsored by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Student Initiative Fund, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of History, Victoria College in the University of Toronto, the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Science for Peace, and Canadian Pugwash Group.


The conference will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place.