In the FST podcast, weekly one to one interviews allow a more in depth discussion of both topics being explored in Foundation events, and one-off discussions with senior figures across science, research, technology and innovation. It's available here, and can also be accessed on the main podcast hosting platforms.

We would welcome ideas for potential podcast topics or interviewees - please contact Gavin Costigan (

Matthew Burnett - Science Superpower

In this podcast we discuss the topic of advancing towards a Science Superpower, and particularly the characteristics of a science superpower, how the UK measures up against those characteristics, and possible policy interventions to move the UK towards becoming a science superpower. We are joined by Matthew Burnett, Head of Science and Technology at Onward.

Professor Graeme Reid and Professor Sarah Main - Scenarios for a Science Superpower

In this podcast we discuss scenarios for a science superpower, including the meaning of a " science superpower", the different options for achieving it, and the choices and trade offs for those different options. Joining us is Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London, and Professor Sarah Main, Executive Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

Dr Giles Campion and Professor Sir Gordon Duff - regulatory regime for clinical trials

In this podcast we discuss the regulatory environment for clinical trials, including international comparisons, current opportunities, the role of the MHRA and the Government, and the importance o the NHS. We are joined by Dr Giles Campion, Head of Research and Development at Silence Therapeutics, and Professor Sir Gordon Duff, Chairman of the Science Advisory Board of Silence Therapeutics.

Dr Doug Parr - UK Energy Strategy

In this podcast we will be discussing the UK Energy Security Strategy, including energy efficiency, offshore and onshore wind, nuclear power, and next steps to be taken. Joining the discussion is Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace.

Dr Mina Golshan - Sizewell C and new nuclear power

In this podcast, Dr Mina Golshan, Safety, Security and Assurance Director at Sizewell C, discusses the plans for developing Sizewell C and the challenges involved.

Professor Paul Monks - Science Advice in BEIS

In this podcast we discuss science advice in BEIS, including the role of a Chief scientific Adviser, energy security strategy, areas of research interest, internal and external science advice, as well as supporting innovation in business, with Prof Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Ashita Anand - Heat Pumps

In this podcast we discuss heat pumps, as a replacement of domestic gas boilers, barriers to greater roll out of heat pumps and ways to overcome them, costs and efficiency, as well as co-ordination and policy drivers. Joining us is Ashita Anand, Strategy Lead at National Grid.

Professor James Wilsdon - Interdisciplinary Research

In this podcast we discuss interdisciplinary research, its definition, government initiatives to promote it, the formation of UKRI, among other aspects with Prof James Wilsdon, Director of the Research on Research Institute, University of Sheffield.

Dr Karen Salt - Trusted Research and Innovation

In this podcast we discuss the collaboration in R&D between China and the UK with Dr Karen Salt, deputy director for research, culture and environment at UKRI.

Prof Hugo de Burgh - Media and journalism in China

In this podcast we discuss the China media centre, media and journalism in China, as well as collaboration between the UK and China. Joining us is Prof Hugo de Burgh, Walt Disney Chair in Global Media and Communications at Tsinghua University in China and Director of China Media Centre in London.