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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To The Foundation for Science and Technology website

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, publishes a journal three times per year, and hosts a 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.

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Events

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

Science and politics: how to bring them together, and keep them apart
Science and politics: how to bring them together, and keep them apart
July 15, 2020

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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The new normal for business post-coronavirus – supply chains and resilience
The new normal for business post-coronavirus – supply chains and resilience
June 22, 2020

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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The effect of Coronavirus on the environment – and implications for UK policy
The effect of Coronavirus on the environment – and implications for UK policy
May 27, 2020

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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More about our events

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