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.

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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.

Vivienne Stern - UK/China University Collaboration

In this podcast we discuss collaboration between UK universities and Chinese institutions in research and education, Chinese students studying in UK, funding, joint calls and avoiding “double jeopardy”, as well as concerns about collaborating with China and safeguards in place.

Dale Sanders - R&D Collaboration with China

In this podcast we discuss R&D collaboration with China, development of Chinese research capability over last 30 years, opportunities, challenges and concerns, as well as developments going forward.

Dr Iliana Portugues - Rebuilding the electricity grid

In this podcast we discuss the way UK energy grid needs to change between now and 2050, generating capacity from renewables, international comparisons, as well as priorities for next 5 years to achieve Net Zero emissions.

Nick Winser - Rebuilding the electricity grid

In this podcast we are discuss the electricity grid, and the changes that will be needed to it if the UK is to reach Net Zero by 2050 with Nick Winser, Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult.

Dr Matthew Godwin - UK/Isreal research collaboration

In this podcast we discuss the new report launched by the Britain-Israel All Party Parliamentary Group on Accelerating UK-Israel Research Collaboration with Dr Matthew Godwin.

Dr Kate Devlin - Artificial Intelligence

In this podcast we discuss artificial intelligence (AI), the Government’s AI Strategy, and how AI technologies are being deployed in the UK at the moment with Dr. Kate Devlin, Reader in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence at King’s College London.

Professor Sarah Main - Science and research policy issues in 2022

In this podcast we discuss Science and Technology policy issues in 2022, including: political uncertainty, association with Horizon Europe, Levelling Up, current reviews into the science and research system, and the effects of the pandemic on research, with Professor Sarah Main, Executive Director of Campaign for Science and Engineering.