Neutral platform for debate of policy issues, Discussions and workshops on relevant issues, Support service to Learned and Professional Societies, Foundation Future Leaders Programme for mid-career professionals, Podcast exploring links between science & technology and policy

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To The Foundation for Science and Technology website

The Foundation for Science and Technology is a UK charity, providing an impartial platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, research, technology or innovation element. Established in 1977, the Foundation brings together Parliamentarians, civil servants, industrialists, researchers, learned societies, charities and others. It convenes discussion events, publishes a journal three times per year, and hosts a podcast. It also organises the Foundation Future Leaders Programme, supporting the next generation of professionals from universities, industry and the civil service. In addition, the Foundation provides guidance on governance issues to Professional and Learned Societies.

Future Leaders

The Foundation Future Leaders Programme brings together a cohort of mid-career professionals drawn from universities, industry and the civil service to develop links and further their understanding of how science and research are conducted, and how they feed into the policy process.

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Events

The Foundation organises events on key topics in science, research, technology or innovation, bringing together Parliamentarians, civil servants, industrialists, researchers, learned societies, charities and others.

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FST Journal

The FST Journal is published three times per year, with articles based on the main evening events held by the Foundation. The Journal is distributed to over 1500 senior influencers in Government, Parliament, industry and the research community, as well as being published online.

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Learned & Professional Societies

The Foundation for Science and Technology provides guidance to Learned and Professional Societies in the area of administration and governance, with technical guidance notes and a regular newsletter.

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Recent Events

Lessons from the Vaccine Programme for UK Life Sciences
Lessons from the Vaccine Programme for UK Life Sciences
July 19, 2021

Covid-19 has been the greatest challenge to governments around the world for a generation. The UK has been at the centre of developing one of the leading global vaccines against Covid, and the UK’s vaccine programme has been a key element of helping the UK come out of Covid restrictions. In this webinar, we explored how the Government has worked with the life sciences industry and academic community during the Covid-19 pandemic, what lessons have been learnt, and what the implications are for future policy, R&D, investment, and collaboration going forward.

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Developing a Systems Approach to reaching Net Zero
Developing a Systems Approach to reaching Net Zero
June 28, 2021

If the UK is to reach its target of achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, it will require simultaneous transformation of several vital, interconnected infrastructure systems, the development of whole new industries and supporting sweeping societal, cultural, behavioural and structural change. This event explored the task ahead – what such a systems approach looks like, and how the different actors need to come together to deliver it.

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Biodiversity: Economics, Science and International Action
Biodiversity: Economics, Science and International Action
May 24, 2021

This webinar explored the economics and science of biodiversity, considering national and international action needed and the potential for agreement at the Biodiversity COP in October 2021.

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More about our events

You can view a full listing of our events and search the archive on our events page.