Neutral platform for debate of policy issues, Discussions and workshops on relevant issues, Support service to Learned and Professional Societies, Foundation Future Leaders Programme for mid-career professionals, Podcast exploring links between science & technology and policy


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The Foundation for Science and Technology is a UK charity, providing an impartial platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, research, technology or innovation element. Established in 1977, the Foundation brings together Parliamentarians, civil servants, industrialists, researchers, learned societies, charities and others. It convenes discussion events and round tables, publishes a journal three times per year and regular blogs, and hosts a weekly podcast. It also organises the Foundation Future Leaders Programme, supporting the next generation of professionals from universities, industry and the civil service. In addition, the Foundation provides guidance on governance issues to Professional and Learned Societies.

Future Leaders

The Foundation Future Leaders Programme brings together a cohort of mid-career professionals drawn from universities, industry and the civil service to develop links and further their understanding of how science and research are conducted, and how they feed into the policy process.



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.

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FST Journal

The FST Journal is published three times per year, with articles based on the main evening events held by the Foundation. The Journal is distributed to over 1500 senior influencers in Government, Parliament, industry and the research community, as well as being published online.

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Learned & Professional Societies

The Foundation for Science and Technology provides guidance to Learned and Professional Societies in the area of administration and governance, with technical guidance notes and a regular newsletter.

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Recent Events

COP26: Where do we go from here?
COP26: Where do we go from here?
December 1, 2021 5:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The COP26 Climate Change conference brings the leaders of the world together in the UK, in the most important meeting since Paris in 2015.This event, held 2 weeks after the conference has concluded, will reflect on progress made at the conference, and ask what next for the UK. This event is being held in tribute to the Earl of Selborne, the former Chair of the Foundation for Science and Technology

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Foundation Future Leaders Conference 2021
Foundation Future Leaders Conference 2021
November 22 9:30 AM - 23, 2021 1:00 PM

The Foundation Future Leader's Conference takes place every year in November. It is designed for early-to mid career professionals from the civil and parliamentary service and the wide public sector and PSREs; from universities, national facilities or similar (including from Catapult Centres, Research Council Institutes or Research Charities); and from industry (including from independent not-for-profit Research & Technology Organisations). The 2021 event took place on 22nd-23rd November 2021.

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The UK Innovation Strategy
The UK Innovation Strategy
October 13, 2021 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

On 22 July 2021, the Government published the UK Innovation Strategy, setting out the Government’s vision to make the UK global hub for innovation and the role played by innovation in a post-Brexit, post-pandemic UK. In this event, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, discussed the key messages from this new Strategy, with views and subsequent discussion from a panel of experts.

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More about our events

You can view a full listing of our events and search the archive on our events page.