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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Filter: Year 2020

COP 26 - Peter Betts

In this podcast, Peter Betts, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and previously Director for International Climate and Energy in the UK Government, discusses COP26, the next UN climate conference – how it might shape up, and what the effects of coronavirus might be.

Professor Rachel Mills - Coronavirus and the environment

Professor Rachel Mills, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Southampton discusses the effects of the lockdown on the environment; how Universities have adapted in lockdown and how they can reduce their environmental footprint as restrictions ease.

Natural Environment Research Council - Professor Duncan Wingham

In this podcast, Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair of the Natural Environment Research Council, discusses a range of topics including; climate change and COP26, NERC research centres, and NERC priorities over next 12 months.

Developing hydrogen technologies in the UK - Baroness Brown

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Professor Dame Julia King DBE FREng FR, discusses hydrogen technologies; the two main types of production for hydrogen, the advantages the UK has in making this a major industry sector, the remaining areas of development needed, and implications for COP26.

Social sciences, humanities and the British Academy - Hetan Shah

Hetan Shah, Chief Executive of the British Academy discusses the contribution of the social sciences to decisions on Covid -19, Brexit and migration, and the priorities for the British Academy.

Baroness O'Neill - Ethics and rights in the Covid-19 and digital world

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, Philosopher, Cross-Bench Peer and former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission discusses ethics and rights of government taking decisions during Covid-19 pandemic and whether we can/should go "back to normal" after Covid-19.

University policy engagement - Stephen Meek

Stephen Meek, Director for the Institute for Policy & Engagement at the University of Nottingham discusses how universities are supporting their academics engage with policy makers, the skills and experiences needed for policy brokerage, and and the skills needed by civil servants to engage with academics.

Pallab Ghosh- Science Journalism

Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science correspondent, discusses science journalism and the obstacles faced when there is uncertainty/ lack of trust in science.

Dr Sarah Main- The 2.4% R&D Target

Dr Sarah Main, Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, discusses the Government's 2.4% target for investment in R&D, and the actions needed to meet that target.

Coronavirus - Professor Paul Hunter

Professor Paul Hunter, Professor of Health Protection at the University of East Anglia discusses Coronavirus in the UK and the implications it will have on the population, and the necessary structures the UK may have to put in place.