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 Mina Golshan - Sizewell C and new nuclear power

In this podcast, Dr Mina Golshan, Safety, Security and Assurance Director at Sizewell C, discusses the plans for developing Sizewell C and the challenges involved.

Professor Paul Monks - Science Advice in BEIS

In this podcast we discuss science advice in BEIS, including the role of a Chief scientific Adviser, energy security strategy, areas of research interest, internal and external science advice, as well as supporting innovation in business, with Prof Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Ashita Anand - Heat Pumps

In this podcast we discuss heat pumps, as a replacement of domestic gas boilers, barriers to greater roll out of heat pumps and ways to overcome them, costs and efficiency, as well as co-ordination and policy drivers. Joining us is Ashita Anand, Strategy Lead at National Grid.

Professor James Wilsdon - Interdisciplinary Research

In this podcast we discuss interdisciplinary research, its definition, government initiatives to promote it, the formation of UKRI, among other aspects with Prof James Wilsdon, Director of the Research on Research Institute, University of Sheffield.

Dr Karen Salt - Trusted Research and Innovation

In this podcast we discuss the collaboration in R&D between China and the UK with Dr Karen Salt, deputy director for research, culture and environment at UKRI.

Prof Hugo de Burgh - Media and journalism in China

In this podcast we discuss the China media centre, media and journalism in China, as well as collaboration between the UK and China. Joining us is Prof Hugo de Burgh, Walt Disney Chair in Global Media and Communications at Tsinghua University in China and Director of China Media Centre in London.

Vivienne Stern - UK/China University Collaboration

In this podcast we discuss collaboration between UK universities and Chinese institutions in research and education, Chinese students studying in UK, funding, joint calls and avoiding “double jeopardy”, as well as concerns about collaborating with China and safeguards in place.

Dale Sanders - R&D Collaboration with China

In this podcast we discuss R&D collaboration with China, development of Chinese research capability over last 30 years, opportunities, challenges and concerns, as well as developments going forward.

Dr Iliana Portugues - Rebuilding the electricity grid

In this podcast we discuss the way UK energy grid needs to change between now and 2050, generating capacity from renewables, international comparisons, as well as priorities for next 5 years to achieve Net Zero emissions.

Nick Winser - Rebuilding the electricity grid

In this podcast we are discuss the electricity grid, and the changes that will be needed to it if the UK is to reach Net Zero by 2050 with Nick Winser, Chairman of the Energy Systems Catapult.