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.

Filter: Year 2020

25Mar

Biosecurity and the Covid-19 Coronavirus

Biosecurity and the Covid-19 Coronavirus
  • 2020
  • Discussion, Reception
  • London

*CANCELLED* Biosecurity – the protection of ourselves, and of animals and plants, from harmful biological and biochemical substances – is increasingly difficult in a globalised world. The current outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus is the latest example. How has the UK and international community responded to Covid-19? What are the wider implications in the UK for protecting ourselves in the future? And how can poorer countries with less well-developed health services tackle such a crisis?

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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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