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.

21Oct

Skills Resilience in a Changing World

Skills Resilience in a Changing World

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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07Oct

The R&D Roadmap – Levelling Up Across the UK

The R&D Roadmap  – Levelling Up Across the UK

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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15Jul

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

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

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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22Jun

The new normal for business post-coronavirus – supply chains and resilience

The new normal for business post-coronavirus – supply chains and resilience

This online event will focus on how businesses may establish a new “normal” as they emerge from coronavirus, and in particular in the area of supply chains. To what extent will a desire or need for resilience in supply chains alter the very globalised nature of some industries? And what if anything should the UK government be doing to support UK industry in this?

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27May

The effect of Coronavirus on the environment – and implications for UK policy

The effect of Coronavirus on the environment – and implications for UK policy

The global lockdown due to coronavirus has resulted in significant reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases, improvements to air quality, and changes to ecology and wildlife less disrupted by human influence. In this meeting, we will explore what these changes have been, and discuss what this tells us about our approach to environmental policy as the UK and other countries emerge from lockdown.

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26Feb

International Research Collaboration Post-Brexit

International Research Collaboration Post-Brexit
  • 2020
  • Dinner, Discussion
  • London

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, negotiations will take place which will determine whether, and to what extent, the UK participates in EU research programmes, in particular Horizon Europe. If we do participate, how do we ensure maximum value as an associated country? If we don’t participate, what should the UK’s strategy be for ensuring continued research collaboration with the EU? How does the research community in the EU view continued collaboration with the UK? And do we need a more comprehensive strategy for promoting international research collaboration, with both the EU and more widely?

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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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19Nov

General Election Hustings – Science, Research, Technology and Innovation

General Election Hustings – Science, Research, Technology and Innovation

Representatives for science, research, technology and innovation policy from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties outlined their party's election position on science, research, technology and innovation, and answer questions.

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