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 (

Mathew Ryder QC - Biometric Technologies

Matthew Ryder QC from Matrix Chambers discusses biometric technologies and the implications for people's rights, with a need for a review of the legal framework for such technologies.

Carly Kind - Facial Recognition and biometrics technologies

In this podcast, Carly Kind, Director of the Ada Lovelace Institute, discusses latest developments in facial recognition technology, and the need for future regulation.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem - Diversity & Inclusion in Engineering

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, discusses diversity and inclusion in engineering.

Sharing our health data - Dr Natalie Banner

In this podcast, Dr Natalie Banner, Understanding Patient Data, Wellcome Trust, discusses public attitudes to sharing health data, along with issues of data quality and future regulation. With Gavin Costigan.

Digital Health Data - Dr Nicole Mather, IBM

Dr Nicole Mather, Life Sciences Lead at IBM Global Business Service, discusses digital health data with Gavin Costigan.

International research collaboration - Professor Graeme Reid

In this podcast, Professor Graeme Reid from University College London discusses the report on international research collaboration post-Brexit, which he and Professor Adrian Smith co-authored, and which was published in November 2019.

Industry and drones - Pae Natwilai

Pae Natwilai, Chief Executive of Trik, discusses current and future opportunities for industry to use drones, plus technology and regulation, with Gavin Costigan.

Professor Tom Scott - drone technology

Professor Tom Scott from the University of Bristol discusses developments in drone technology with Gavin Costigan.

Drones - interview with Elaine Whyte

Elaine Whyte, UK Drone Lead for PWC, discusses the commercial opportunities of aerial drones, new technology, upcoming regulation, and how to balance the opportunities and risks of a further expansion in the commercial drone sector.

Chris Whitty - Chief Medical Officer

In his first month as Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK Government, Professor Chris Whitty discusses some current issues in public health and how research can help to tackle them. Topics include diabetes, smoking, antimicrobial resistance and measles - along with the implications of Brexit.