A brief history of the Amaldi Conference

In 1980 the United States National Academy of Sciences established a Committee on International Security and Armament Control (CISAC) with W.K.H. Panofsky as Chairman. One of its main purposes was to maintain bilateral contacts with an analogous group at the Soviet Academy of Science. In January 1986 CISAC organized in Washington, D.C. a meeting and about ten scientists from European countries participated. In this meeting questions connected to arms control were discussed, together with the possibility of establishing in Europe a group of scientists with a role analogous to that of CISAC. Discussions on international security and armament control were extended beyond the limitation of a direct link between the USA and the USSR.

Francesco Calogero and Carlo Schaerf took part in this meeting and then reported to Edoardo Amaldi , then Vice President of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He was very much in favour of this initiative and set up a Working Group on International Security and Arms Control (SICA).

 


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