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

Facial Recognition and Biometrics – Technology and Ethics
Facial Recognition and Biometrics – Technology and Ethics
January 29, 2020

The regulatory and policy framework governing the use of facial recognition, and other forms of biometric technologies, in the United Kingdom is in need of reform. The Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) and the Foundation for Science and Technology (FST) therefore convened this event to consider: how can we develop the right policy and legislative framework in this complex and rapidly changing area?

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Digital Health Data – what types of value can be generated, and how do we do it?
Digital Health Data – what types of value can be generated, and how do we do it?
December 4, 2019

Data held by the NHS is huge resource, with huge potential benefits to patient outcomes if digital health data can be brought together, both in terms of clinicians (and patients) having access to all the data needed to help make the best decisions, and in terms of large datasets providing significant insights for medical research.

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The Industrial use of drones
The Industrial use of drones
November 20, 2019

Drones are already in widespread use across a range of industries, from construction to transport to agriculture, and are generating newer, faster and safer ways of completing and assessing work. Further opportunities are available in the delivery of public services. A new industrial sector of drone services is emerging, and they and the research community are driving forward the technology.

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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.