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 (

Biodiversity and the G7 - Professor Yadvinder Malhi

In this podcast, Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystems Services, University of Oxford, discusses G7 Science Academies statement on biodiversity loss, including processes for valuing and accounting for biodiversity, and the UN Biodiversity COP15 meeting.

Regional Policy and R&D - Sarah Chaytor, Grace Gottlieb and Graeme Reid

Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research Strategy and Policy, UCL, Grace Gottlieb, Head of Research Policy, UCL, and Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy, UCL, authors of a HEPI report on Regional policy and R&D discuss R&D in different regions of the UK, how to measure it, and future policy in this area. Find the full report here:

Dr Stephanie Wray - Biodiversity

Dr Stephanie Wray, Director of Nature Positive and former President of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management discusses the UN Convention on Biodiversity and upcoming Biodiversity COP, and actions and policies needed in the UK.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall - AI Road Map

In this podcast Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng, Regius Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and a member of the AI Council, discusses developing an AI Strategy for the UK, including funding in R&D, skills development, and trust in AI systems.

Maria Tazi - Regulating the internet

In this podcast Maria Tazi, Missions Publiques, discusses the “We the Internet” project, in which people in 80 countries were consulted about their views on the internet, how it should be regulated, disinformation, artificial intelligence and data. A report of the findings can be found here:

Professor Marcel Jaspars - Science and research issues for the Scottish Parliament election

Professor Marcel Jaspars, Chair in Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen and Vice-President International at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, discusses science, research and higher education issues in Scotland, in advance of the Scottish Parliamentary elections. During the podcast, reference is made to a science hustings event, which can be found here:

Rameen Shakur - AI and medicine

In this podcast Dr Rameen Shakur, Clinician scientist in cardiology at MIT (USA) and Founder and CEO of Cambridge Heartwear, based in Cambridge (UK) discusses how AI can be used to help detect irregular heartbeats, the use of algorithms in medicine, and where AI could be used in the coming years.

Flo Sharman - Mental Health

In this podcast Flo Sharman, a MQ Mental Health Ambassador, provides a personal perspective of the effect of the lockdown on mental health, concerns for when the lockdown ends, and future mental health provision.

Kate Day - Mental health of children and young people

In this podcast, Kate Day, Managing Director, KRD Training, discusses mental health of children and the effect of the lockdown, drivers for increase in mental health difficulties, and the long term legacy of the pandemic.

Professor Louise Arsenault - Mental health of children during lockdown

In this weeks podcast Professor Louise Arsenault, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Kings College London, discusses mental health of children, the effect of the lockdown, and the policy priorities for government.