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.

29Jan

Facial Recognition and Biometrics – Technology and Ethics

Facial Recognition and Biometrics – Technology and Ethics
  • 2020
  • Dinner, Discussion
  • London

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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04Dec

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?

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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20Nov

The Industrial use of drones

The Industrial use of drones

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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16Oct

Meeting the UK’s Battery Challenge

Meeting the UK’s Battery Challenge

Developing the next generation of batteries is a key requirement to deliver clean growth, one of the four grand challenges of the Industrial Strategy. The Government is making significant investments via the Faraday Battery Challenge, funding research and innovation projects and new facilities to scale-up and advance the production, use and recycling of batteries. This meeting discussed the issues surrounding new battery technologies, and debated how the UK is doing in terms to developing its capability

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17Jul

Aviation 2050: The Vision for Science and Innovation

Aviation 2050: The Vision for Science and Innovation

In December 2018, the Government published a strategy for consultation on Aviation 2050: The Future of UK Aviation. Science, technology and innovation will play a major part in delivering that strategy. In this discussion event, speakers discussed the overall Aviation 2050 strategy and views from the research and industrial communities. The event explored where technology in aviation is now, where it’s going in the next decades and how the deliverable the Aviation 2050 strategy is. The Aviation 2050 Strategy can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/aviation-2050-the-future-of-uk-aviation

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19Jun

Measuring and improving productivity - what tools and levers can we use?

Measuring and improving productivity - what tools and levers can we use?

In this event, three speakers set out some of the issues surrounding productivity in the UK. What is it? How do we measure it? Do we have the levers to improve it? And what should the Government, industry and others be doing to bring UK productivity levels up to that of our competitors?

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03Jun

The Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

The Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

The Prime Minister announced a major review of post-18 education, advised by an independent panel led by Philip Augar, in February 2018. At this meeting, Philip Augar presented outcome of the review and other speakers from higher and further education discussed its potential implications.

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24Apr

The Two Cultures: Sixty Years On

This event was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the famous Rede Lecture by CP Snow in which he used the term “two cultures”, describing the divide between sciences and humanities. The speakers and panellists explored what unites, and divides, research across the sciences and humanities in 2019. To what extent has the divide described by Snow changed in the subsequent decades?

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06Mar

Delivering the Government's Maritime 2050 Strategy - the vision for science and technology

The Government published its Maritime 2050 Strategy, Navigating the Future, on 24 January 2019. The strategy sets out a number of strategic ambitions for the UK, including clean maritime growth; the development of new maritime technologies such as autonomy; education and training; regulation; and investment. This event explored the new strategy and how science, technology and innovation can help deliver it over the next three decades.

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