Welcome to Science for Peace

How to Save the World in a Hurry

The How to Save the World in a Hurry conference met at University College on 30-31 May. See the video above for John Polanyi’s opening speech, or visit the event page and freestanding website for more videos, slideshows, discussion, and more.

Letter to the Prime Minister re Gaza

Sorpong Peou, President of Science for Peace, calls on Justin Trudeau to “demand an end to Israel’s use of unconventional weapons and its hugely disproportionate use of force against a captive civilian population.” Read the full letter here.

Science for Peace is a Canadian organization consisting of natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, scholars in the humanities and people from the wider community. We seek to understand and act against the forces that make for militarism, environmental destruction, and social injustice here and abroad. Membership in Science for Peace offers one avenue to influence wider society about these crucial problems.

Click here for our brochure (pdf file)

Why Science?

Anatol Rapoport, a former president of Science for Peace, wrote in 1992 that knowledge involves the ability to think independently and to subject beliefs to reality testing. Knowledge leads to social responsibility. It is the opposite of indoctrination.

We now face a very precarious world. Nuclear weapons remain a huge menace and greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warn of the extinction of 90% of current species by the end of this century. Wars in the Middle East and Africa since 1990 have claimed at least 10 million lives. It will take wide and determined application of all of our knowledge — from the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and traditional ecological knowledge — to surmount these threats.



Research is conducted through working groups, as special projects, and on an ad hoc basis.


SfP schedules Public Lectures and Panel Discussions, publishes books, holds Conferences (including the yearly Eric Fawcett Memorial Forum), and so on.

Since the fall of 2011, we have hosted and organized a weekly lecture series at University College, University of Toronto. Most of these lectures, and many of our other public events, can be seen on video.

Franz Blumenfeld Peace Education Fund

The Franz Blumenfeld Peace Education Fund was established by Hans Blumenfeld in 1982 in honour of his brother, Franz, who was killed in the First World War. The Fund is held by Science for Peace, and an independent committee awards grants to individuals or organizations for peace-educational projects. Read more here.


SfP communicates with its members by e-mail, with notices and items of interest being sent to those in the Toronto area (the sfptor list) and to all members and other interested parties (sfpnotices). The Bulletin is mailed or emailed to all members. SfP also has a blog on this site where members can express their views and comment on other postings.

University of Toronto campus group

Science for Peace also has a presence on campus at the University of Toronto. Students and others who work at U of T are welcome to join. More details, and an application form, are available at the campus group page on this site.


Meet like-minded and concerned people from a range of academic backgrounds and professions.

Members receive our newsletter, The Bulletin, and can participate in coalition work, research, study groups, conferences, and follow-up activities.

Your annual membership fee supports research and education, allows us to hire researchers, produce materials, and mount forums, workshops and lectures in communities across Canada. SfP is a charity: memberships and donations are tax deductible. The Join Science for Peace page has more info on how to join and pay your dues online.

Sustaining Members: $100
Regular Members: $60
Unwaged / Student Members: $20