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 (

Dr Diego Baptista - Research and Funding Equity at Wellcome Trust

Funding institutions have a significant role to play in ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion within the UK science and technology community. In this podcast, Dr Diego Baptista, Head of Research and Funding Equity at Wellcome Trust discusses some of the work in this area carried out by Wellcome. This is the second podcast in which we are looking at the experiences of black researchers in science and technology, in advance of an event being run by the Foundation on 7 December 2022.

Sigourney Bonner - Black in Cancer

In this week's podcast we welcome Sigourney Bonner, Co-Founder of Black in Cancer UK, PhD student at Cancer Research UK and a speaker at our upcoming event! We discuss Black in Cancer and its mission to increase the number of black cancer researchers, how this can be achieved and whose responsibility it is.

Simon Andrews - Fraunhofer UK Research

In this podcast, we're joined by Simon Andrews, Executive Director of Fraunhofer UK Research. We discuss the Fraunhofer centre for applied photonics in Glasgow, and its impact across the UK both in industry and in education. We touch upon the Scottish innovation strategy (soon to be published) and what we would expect to see.

Jo Trigg - 'National Engineering Day'

In 2022, 'National Engineering Day' is held on the 2nd November as a celebration for the impact of engineering and engineers. In this podcast, Joe Trigg (Director of Communications and Engagement at the Royal Academy of Engineering) discusses the significance of day, the importance of engineering globally and the limitations faced by the field.

Peter Marsh - Hardtech manufacturing in the UK

In this podcast, Peter Marsh, Founder of Made Here Now, discusses Hardtech manufacturing, the opportunities and challenges it faces, and it's contribution to the UK economy,

Katherine Bennett - High-Value Manufacturing

In this podcast, Katherine Bennett, Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, discusses UK manufacturing, how it benefits the UK economy, and current challenges to the manufacturing centre.

Matthew Burnett - Science Superpower

In this podcast we discuss the topic of advancing towards a Science Superpower, and particularly the characteristics of a science superpower, how the UK measures up against those characteristics, and possible policy interventions to move the UK towards becoming a science superpower. We are joined by Matthew Burnett, Head of Science and Technology at Onward.

Professor Graeme Reid and Professor Sarah Main - Scenarios for a Science Superpower

In this podcast we discuss scenarios for a science superpower, including the meaning of a " science superpower", the different options for achieving it, and the choices and trade offs for those different options. Joining us is Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London, and Professor Sarah Main, Executive Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

Dr Giles Campion and Professor Sir Gordon Duff - regulatory regime for clinical trials

In this podcast we discuss the regulatory environment for clinical trials, including international comparisons, current opportunities, the role of the MHRA and the Government, and the importance o the NHS. We are joined by Dr Giles Campion, Head of Research and Development at Silence Therapeutics, and Professor Sir Gordon Duff, Chairman of the Science Advisory Board of Silence Therapeutics.

Dr Doug Parr - UK Energy Strategy

In this podcast we will be discussing the UK Energy Security Strategy, including energy efficiency, offshore and onshore wind, nuclear power, and next steps to be taken. Joining the discussion is Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director at Greenpeace.