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 (

Monika Jephcott - Effect of lockdown on mental health of children and young people

In this weeks podcast, Monika Jephcott, Chief Executive of Play Therapy UK discusses how play therapy support children’s mental health, the effect of the lockdown on children’s mental health and developing skills to support children going forward.

Richard Halsey - Hydrogen technologies

In this podcast Richard Halsey, Capabilities Director, Energy Systems Catapult, discusses the UK’s overall energy system and where hydrogen fits in; the need for blue and green hydrogen and the government action needed.

Sinead Lynch - Hydrogen Technologies

In this podcast, Sinead Lynch, Chair of Shell UK discusses the role of hydrogen technologies in reaching net zero including blue hydrogen and carbon and the Hydrogen Advisory Council.

Professor Pericles Pilidis, Hydrogen powered aircraft

In this podcast, Professor Pericles Pilidis, Head of Power and Propulsion Department, Centre for Propulsion Engineering, Cranfield University discusses hydrogen powered aviation. Including technical barriers to designing and building aircraft and potential government action and commercial opportunities.

Professor Dame Anne Johnson - President of the Academy of Medical Sciences

In this podcast Professor Dame Anne Johnson, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London discusses the work of the Academy of Medical Sciences, tackling the coronavirus pandemic, and scientists working with policymakers.

Rachel Coldicutt - UK ARPA

In this podcast Rachel Coldicutt, Director of Careful Industries discusses the proposal for a UK version of “ARPA” (Advanced Research Projects Agency).

Phil Smith - UK ARPA

In the first podcast of 2021 Phil Smith, Chairman of IQE and former CEO and Chair of CISCO UK discusses plans to develop a “UK ARPA”. Including why its needed, difference in innovation culture between UK and USA, and what success would like like.

Julia Pyke - Prodution of Hydrogen from nuclear reactors

In this podcast, Julia Pyke, Director of Sizewell C Financing & Economic Regulation, discusses production of hydrogen in nuclear power stations, especially Sizewell C, and the development of UK nuclear over the next few years.

Dr Robert Hoyle - Medical Radioisotopes

In this podcast, Dr Robert Hoyle, Head of Science, Welsh Government Office for Science, discusses medical isotopes; what they are, how they are produced, and the possibility of building an experimental nuclear reactor in the UK to produce them.

Paul Feldman - Online teaching in higher education

In this podcast, Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, JISC discusses online teaching and learning in higher education including how universities have adapted during the pandemic and the long term implications for higher education.