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

Skills Resilience in a Changing World
Skills Resilience in a Changing World
October 21, 2020

Employees now need to constantly review, adapt and retrain to ensure successful careers. The imperative may become even more apparent as we emerge from the coronavirus lockdown, with some businesses and sectors being fundamentally changed. This event, hosted jointly by the Foundation for Science and Technology and Resilience First, will explore the concept of ‘skills resilience’ which employees will need in order to adopt over the course of their careers to changing working requirements. What should higher and further education being doing to help students gain ‘skills resilience’ before entering the workforce, and what can businesses and government do to support employees once they are in work?

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The R&D Roadmap  – Levelling Up Across the UK
The R&D Roadmap – Levelling Up Across the UK
October 7, 2020

In July, the Government published the R&D Roadmap, setting out ambitious plans for investing in research and securing the benefits for the economy. A key element of this is the promise of an R&D Place Strategy, designed to unlock local growth and societal benefit across the UK. This webinar will discuss the role that R&D can contribute to the “levelling up” agenda, the inequalities in R&D funding across the different nations and regions of the UK, and how the focus on place fits within the overall R&D Roadmap.

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Science and politics: how to bring them together, and keep them apart
Science and politics: how to bring them together, and keep them apart
July 15, 2020

In this webinar, we will discuss the vital importance of ensuring that politics is informed by science, to ensure that politicians can make decisions aware of the best available evidence. We will also explore the concern sometimes expressed that the difference between science advice and political decisions might be blurred. This is particularly relevant for issues such as the current Covid-19 pandemic, when the Government is having to take very complex decisions with far-reaching consequences, and where scientific evidence is a crucial element.

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More about our events

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