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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Rachel Oliver - Semiconductors

Professor Rachel Oliver, Professor of Material Science at The University of Cambridge and Director of The Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride, tells us about the importance of semiconductors to industry and society.

Pedro Lourenco - Digital Transformation

In this podcast, Pedro Lourenco, Head of Digital Transformation Consulting at the Kaizen Institute, discusses the rapid digital transformation of organisations in both private and public sectors. What's driving this really significant set of changes, and where will we end up?

Lord Adair Turner - Mission Zero, Getting to Net Zero by 2050

This week we are discussing global plans to reach Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050. Listen to Lord Adair Turner, Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, discuss the current challenges and necessary commitments to reaching this goal. This is in advance of a webinar being hosted on this subject by the Foundation on 21st March.

Helen Walker - ISIS Neutron and Muon Source

In this podcast, Dr Helen Walker, discusses science using neutrons. In particular, she tells us about her research with the ISIS neutron and muon source, her role as an instruments scientist, and the potential uses and benefits of balcaloric materials.

Ben Bleasdale - Discovery Decade

In this podcast we are discussing a new project by the Campaign for Science and Engineering, CASE, called Discovery Decade, which is being launched today, 28th February 2023. Dr Ben Bleasdale, Director of the Discovery Decade project at CASE, tells us about the project and its implications for R&D.

Jenny Holloway - Technology in the Fashion Industry

In this podcast we are looking at the fashion industry with Jenny Holloway, Chief Executive of Fashion-Enter Ltd. We discuss technology in fashion and its potential to transform the industry’s contribution to global carbon emissions and pollution.

Professor David Phoenix - LSBU Group

In advance of our next event, we spoke with Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University & CEO of LSBU Group. In our podcast we discuss technical education and the unique approach of LSBU Group- its results and reproducibility.

Dr Hilary Leevers - Technical Education and Technical Skills

This is our first podcast of 2023, so Happy New Year to you all. This is also the first podcast in a series looking at technical education and technical skills, in advance of an event being run by the Foundation on 22 February 2023. In the podcast, Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of Engineering UK, discusses the issue of the technical skills gap. Inquiry:

Dr Bernadine Idowu - Black Researchers in UK Science and Technology

This is the 4th and last of a series of podcasts looking at the experiences of black researchers in science and technology. Exploring some of the issues is Dr Bernadine Idowu, Associate Professor of Biomedical Science at the University of West London.

Paulette Williams And Mike Sulu - Leading Routes

This is the third podcast in a sequence looking at the experiences of black researchers in science and technology. Discussing some of these issues is Paulette Williams, Founder and Managing Director of Leading Routes, and Dr Michael Sulu, a Lecturer in University College London’s Department of Biochemical Engineering, and the STEM lead within Leading Routes.