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 John Loughhead - companies emerging from coronavirus lockdown

In this podcast, Professor John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), discusses how companies emerge from lockdown, the resilience of supply chains, and the priorities for BEIS.

Darren Jones MP - business and coronavirus

In this podcast Darren Jones MP, and Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy discusses the impact that coronavirus has had on businesses, the use of science in decision-making, and how Covid-19 has made COP26 harder.

Professor Lenny Koh - International supply chains post-Coronavirus

In this podcast Professor Lenny Koh, University of Sheffield discusses the impact of the coronavirus on global supply chains for large businesses and what the “new normal” for supply chains might look like post coronavirus.

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.