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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Professor Jackie Akhavan - Defence Chemistry

This week we are discussing chemistry, the defence industry and things that go BANG! To provide an insight into this area is Professor Jackie Akhavan – Head of the Centre for Defence Chemistry at Cranfield University, and an expert is explosives chemistry.

Dr Marion Slater - Healthcare in Rural and Remote Scotland

In this podcast we're discussing the challenges of delivering healthcare in rural and remote areas of Scotland with Dr Marion Slater, Consultant Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Associate Postgraduate Dean for Medicine, North of Scotland.

Professor Adam Sobey - The Alan Turing Institute and Data-Centric Engineering

In this podcast, Professor Adam Sobey discusses data-centric engineering. This is following a launch in July of a phase 2.0 Data-Centric Engineering Programme- a partnership between LLloyd's Register Foundation and The Alan Turing Institute.…tric-engineering

Dr Leslie Kanthan - TurinTech and AI

After a summer break, our podcast is back! To kick us off, we are joined by Dr Leslie Kanthan, co-founder and CEO of TurinTech, a London-based AI company. We are discussing all things AI, its rapid development, its potential to transform society, and how we might need to regulate it in the future.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald - Scottish Innovation Strategy

In this podcast, we're discussing the innovation strategy published by the Scottish government last month:…novation-strategy/ . We're joined by Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principle of the University of Strathclyde, President of The Royal Academy of Engineering and Co-Chair of the steering group for the innovation strategy. We debated this topic at our event in 2022, before the strategy's publication, to see how our predictions compare take a look back at the recordings here:

Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill - Research Integrity

Today, the UK Committee on Research Integrity has released their first annual statement. It highlights ongoing efforts to ensure UK research is trustworthy, ethical and responsible, and identifies areas for further work. Read it here: To discuss the publication is Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Co-Chair of the UK Committee on Research Integrity.

Paul Mason - Innovate UK

In this podcast, Paul Mason, Director of Innovation Policy at Innovate UK, discusses the work of the company, the importance of innovation in the UK and the progress yet to be made.

Professor Chris Holmes - The Alan Turing Institute

This week we are discussing the use of AI in healthcare with Professor Chris Holmes, Programme Director for Health and Medical Sciences at the Alan Turing Institute.

Ian Croston - Coherent

This is the third of a series of podcasts about semiconductors, in advance of an event being held by the Foundation for Science and Technology on 24 May on the UK Semiconductor Strategy. This week Ian Croston, General Manager of Coherent, discusses the company's recent scale-up, challenges facing the field and what he would like to see in the government's strategy.

Scott White - Pragmatic Semiconductor

This is the second of a series of podcasts about semiconductors. Scott White, Founder and Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives at Pragmatic, tells us about the company and their technology for making flexible, low cost transistors and chips.