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.

26Oct

Science, Climate Policy and COP27

Science, Climate Policy and COP27
  • 2022
  • Online or in person at the Royal Society

The United Nations COP27 climate conference will be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in November 2022. In this event, we discussed the contribution that science needs to make in COP27 and beyond.

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13Jul

Health policy implications of climate change

Health policy implications of climate change
  • 2022
  • Online or in person at the Royal Society

What are the implications for health as the climate continues to change - both in the UK and elsewhere? What should the health policy response be to changes in climate, and how do we build this into our plans for a low carbon future? In this event, we will explore these issues, and how the UK Government can respond to them.

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06Jul

Scenarios for a Science Superpower

Scenarios for a Science Superpower

The UK Government has announced in a number of recent policy documents its aim for the UK to become a “science superpower”. What does this mean in practice – and how would we get there? What are the opportunities and the challenges? In this webinar, we will explore these issues, and hear about recent work by Professors Sarah Main and Graeme Reid to develop some potential scenarios for the future.

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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 discussed these issues as we explored 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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