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, 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.



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

Biosecurity and the Covid-19 Coronavirus
Biosecurity and the Covid-19 Coronavirus
March 25, 2020

*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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International Research Collaboration Post-Brexit
International Research Collaboration Post-Brexit
February 26, 2020

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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Facial Recognition and Biometrics – Technology and Ethics
Facial Recognition and Biometrics – Technology and Ethics
January 29, 2020

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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