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 (

Professor Gerry McKenna - R&D in Northern Ireland

In this podcast, Professor Gerry McKenna, Senior Vice-President, Royal Irish Academy, discusses R&D in Northern Ireland, including levelling up and the R&D roadmap, and EU Structural funds and implications of Brexit.

Stephen Phipson, MakeUK - Skills resilience

In this podcast Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive, MakeUK discusses skills resilience, retraining at work, and the role of MakeUK.

Dr Stuart Fancey - The R&D Roadmap and implications for research in Scotland

In this podcast, Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council, discusses the implications for research in Scotland of UK Government’s R&D Roadmap and the co-ordination between Scottish and UK Governments.

Professor Richard Jones - R&D Roadmap and Levelling Up across the UK

In this podcast, Professor Richard Jones, Professor of Materials Physics and Innovation Policy at the University of Manchester discusses the variation of R&D intensity across the UK and the link between R&D and economic performance.

Dr Michael Short - Science and evidence in international trade

In this podcast, Dr Michael Short, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for International Trade discusses the role of science and evidence in international trade. Including DIT’s “Areas of Research Interest”, what makes a good trade agreement, and trade and the environment.

Professor Judith Petts CBE - University teaching during Covid-19

In this podcast, Professor Judith Petts CBE, University of Plymouth Vice-Chancellor, discusses preparing for the new academic year in times of Covid – including arrangements for teaching and learning, student wellbeing and the effect of the A-Level exam issues.

Tom McNeil, Strategic Advisor to the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner

Tom McNeil, Strategic Advisor to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, discusses the use of Artificial Intelligence in policing. Including how accurate AI technologies are and how an Ethics Committee works in advising on new AI police projects.

Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society

In this week's podcast, Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, discusses the state of British science, science advice to government during coronavirus, and science issues of Brexit.

Chi Onwurah MP - Science and Politics

In this podcast, Chi Onwurah MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Digital, discusses how government draws on scientific advice and the use of science during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julia Sutcliffe - BAE Systems

Julia Sutcliffe, Director of Air Labs and Chief Technologist – Air, BAE Systems, discusses technology drivers in the defence sector and the UK ecosystem for innovation.