The Foundation for Science and Technology provides an impartial platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, research, technology or innovation element. It is a registered charity and a registered company, and was established in 1977.

The Foundation finances its activities by a mixture of subscriptions from member organisations, part-sponsorship of its events, and grants and donations. This enables it to run most of its activities free of charge for participants.


As a registered charity, the Foundation is overseen by a Trustee Board chaired by the Rt Hon the Lord Willetts FRS. The Trustees also act as Directors of the company. The Trustee Board is accountable for all of the activities of the Foundation.

The Foundation's Chief Executive Gavin Costigan is responsible for delivering the strategy agreed by the Trustee Board with advice from the Council. 

The Council is an advisory board with senior representatives from Government, parliament, industry and the research community. It has a mixture of individual appointments and some ex-officio members, as set out in the Foundation's Articles of Association.

The Foundation also has a Vice-President, the former Chief Executive, Dr Dougal Goodman OBE FREng.