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. Those events focus in particular on areas where there are policy decisions needed, which in turn need to be informed by this wide range of inputs and viewpoints. Summary reports are prepared for all events, and these - along with presentation slides, videos of speakers and audio files - are available online after events.

15Jun

New Nuclear and the UK Energy Strategy

New Nuclear and the UK Energy Strategy

In April 2022, the UK Government published an Energy Security Strategy, mapping out a transition to low carbon energy sources. A key element of that is a commitment to a major expansion in civil nuclear power - to 24GW by 2050, representing 25% of projected electricity demand. In this event, we will explore the challenges to achieve this target, the opportunities from both small and large nuclear reactors, and the issue of treatment and storage of radioactive waste.

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18May

Increasing interdisciplinarity in UK R&D

Increasing interdisciplinarity in UK R&D
  • 2022
  • Online or in person at the Royal Society

There has been an increasing focus on interdisciplinary research in recent years, and many current key policy challenges (including climate change, post-covid recovery, economic security, migration, and healthcare) need evidence from interdisciplinary research. As the science budget increases over the coming years, and UKRI announce their allocations, what do we need to do to increase interdisciplinary research in the UK?

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27Apr

UK-China research collaboration

UK-China research collaboration
  • 2022
  • Online and in person at the Royal Academy of Engineering

How can, and how should, the UK collaborate with China on R&D? Can research collaboration contribute to wider diplomacy between the two countries, or to tackling global issues such as climate change? When might we not want to collaborate with China on R&D, and how do we make those decisions? At this Foundation for Science and Technology event, we will discuss these issues as we explore UK-China R&D collaboration.

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23Mar

Rebuilding the UK Electricity Grid

Rebuilding the UK Electricity Grid
  • 2022
  • Online or in person at the Royal Society

Reaching Net Zero emissions requires a huge increase in electricity. As we move to electric vehicles, heat pumps for domestic heating, and power generation from renewable sources, what are the implications for the UK electricity grid and the way it is structured? In this event, we explored how the grid needs to change and adapt to meet a decarbonising society.

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23Feb

Delivering the AI Strategy – the use of new AI technologies in industry and the public sector

Delivering the AI Strategy – the use of new AI technologies in industry and the public sector
  • 2022
  • Online or in person at the Royal Society

In September 2021, the UK Government published the National AI Strategy. Part of this Strategy is to support the transition to an AI-enabled economy. In this event, we looked at how AI technologies are being deployed now in the public and private sectors, and expectations for the coming years.

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26Jan

How can the National Science and Technology Council and the Office for Science and Technology Strategy direct S&T priorities?

How can the National Science and Technology Council and the Office for Science and Technology Strategy direct S&T priorities?
  • 2022
  • Online or in person at the Royal Society

In June 2021, the Prime Minister announced the creation of a new National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), to “provide strategic direction on the use of science and technology as the tools to tackle great societal challenges, level up across the country and boost prosperity around the world.” He also announced the creation of a new Office for Science and Technology Strategy (OSTS), to be based in the Cabinet Office, which would “drive forward the strategy of Whitehall’s science and technology priorities from the centre”. The OSTS would be headed up by a National Technology Adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance was appointed as the first person in that role. In this event, we discussed the setting up of the NSTC and OSTS, and their emerging priorities. We also discussed how these bodies will work with other structures within the UK’s science, technology and innovation ecosystem, including UKRI and the Government Office for Science, and how they will engage with UK industry.

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26Jan

Round Table on UK Technology Priorities

Round Table on UK Technology Priorities

The Foundation organised an invitation-only round table for FTSE 100 companies to meet with Andrew McCosh, Deputy National Technology Advisor and Director General of the Office for Science and Technology Strategy, to discuss priorities for UK technology investment.

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01Dec

COP26: Where do we go from here?

COP26: Where do we go from here?
  • 2021
  • Online and in person at The Royal Society

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, reflected on progress made at the conference, and asked what next for the UK. This event was held in tribute to the Earl of Selborne, the former Chair of the Foundation for Science and Technology

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24Nov

EU R&D Programmes - Round Table

This Round Table meeting was held to discuss issues surrounding UK Association to EU research programmes, including Horizon Europe, Euratom and Copernicus. It was held under the Chatham House Rule.

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22Nov

Foundation Future Leaders Conference 2021

Foundation Future Leaders Conference 2021

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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