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. Those events focus in particular on areas where there are policy decisions needed, which in turn need to be informed by this wide range of inputs and viewpoints. Summary reports are prepared for all events, and these - along with presentation slides, videos of speakers and audio files - are available online after events.

24May

Biodiversity: Economics, Science and International Action

Biodiversity: Economics, Science and International Action

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.

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24Mar

The Effect of the Coronavirus Lockdown on the Mental Health of Children and Young People

The Effect of the Coronavirus Lockdown on the Mental Health of Children and Young People

There is significant concern about the effects of the extended coronavirus lockdown on the mental health of children and young people in the UK. In this seminar, we explored some of the evidence from recent studies, and considered what the policy implications might be in the short and medium term.

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24Feb

Will Hydrogen Technologies get us to Net Zero?

Will Hydrogen Technologies get us to Net Zero?

In 2019, the UK Government committed to reaching Net Zero emissions by 2050. In the year in which the UK hosts COP26, this webinar explored the extent to which developing hydrogen technologies will be needed to achieve the Net Zero target, what more would be needed to bring these technologies online, and what the economic opportunities of doing so are.

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27Jan

Creating a “UK ARPA” – and making it a success

Creating a “UK ARPA” – and making it a success

The Government has proposed the creation of a new funding agency, to be “broadly modelled” on the US Advanced Research Projects Agency, which would “provide long term funding to support visionary high-risk, high-pay off scientific, engineering and technology ideas”. This webinar examined how such an agency could work, how it might sit alongside funding structures in the UK, and what it would need to be successful.

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09Dec

Nuclear Cogeneration and Net Zero

Nuclear Cogeneration and Net Zero

Nuclear cogeneration is where the heat from nuclear power stations can be used not just for electrical generation, but also to address some “difficult to decarbonise” energy demands, such as domestic and industrial heating and the production of hydrogen. It can also be used for the production of medical isotopes. This webinar explored some of the cogeneration opportunities from nuclear power stations, and considered the practical and regulatory issues in delivering them as part of new build nuclear in the UK. How could this contribute to the UK’s overall Net Zero target?

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25Nov

Online teaching in higher education post-Covid

Online teaching in higher education post-Covid

UK Universities have had to move very quickly to introduce more online teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic. How is this changing higher education pedagogy, and what are the implications for higher education teaching post-covid? In this webinar we explored these issues from the point of view of universities, students and the government.

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19Nov

Science, Technology & Research in Universities – Foundation Future Leaders Conference Day 3

Science, Technology & Research in Universities – Foundation Future Leaders Conference Day 3
  • 2020
  • Conference, Discussion
  • Online

On the third and final day of the FFL conference we discussed what role a university has in tomorrow’s world. Including a keynote speech by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester.

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18Nov

Research and Innovation in Industry – Foundation Future Leader Conference Day 2

Research and Innovation in Industry – Foundation Future Leader Conference Day 2
  • 2020
  • Conference, Discussion
  • Online

On the second day of the FFL conference we discussed how society encourages innovation in industry. Including keynote speeches by Dr Loubna Bouarfa, Founder and CEO of Okra Technologies and Steve Rees, Vice-President for Discovery Biology, AstraZeneca.

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17Nov

Science and Government – Foundation Future Leader Conference Day 1

Science and Government – Foundation Future Leader Conference Day 1
  • 2020
  • Conference, Discussion
  • Online

On the first day of the FFL conference we discussed how Government uses science. The event included a keynote speech by Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Advisor.

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02Nov

Future Priorities for UKRI

Future Priorities for UKRI

UK Research and Innovation is 2½ years’ old, and Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser took over as Chief Executive at the end of June 2020. In this webinar, we explored priorities for UKRI going forward in a post-Brexit UK, and how those priorities are shaped by the challenges of coronavirus.

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