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 (

Developing hydrogen technologies in the UK - Baroness Brown

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Professor Dame Julia King DBE FREng FR, discusses hydrogen technologies; the two main types of production for hydrogen, the advantages the UK has in making this a major industry sector, the remaining areas of development needed, and implications for COP26.

Social sciences, humanities and the British Academy - Hetan Shah

Hetan Shah, Chief Executive of the British Academy discusses the contribution of the social sciences to decisions on Covid -19, Brexit and migration, and the priorities for the British Academy.

Baroness O'Neill - Ethics and rights in the Covid-19 and digital world

Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, Philosopher, Cross-Bench Peer and former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission discusses ethics and rights of government taking decisions during Covid-19 pandemic and whether we can/should go "back to normal" after Covid-19.

University policy engagement - Stephen Meek

Stephen Meek, Director for the Institute for Policy & Engagement at the University of Nottingham discusses how universities are supporting their academics engage with policy makers, the skills and experiences needed for policy brokerage, and and the skills needed by civil servants to engage with academics.

Pallab Ghosh- Science Journalism

Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science correspondent, discusses science journalism and the obstacles faced when there is uncertainty/ lack of trust in science.

Dr Sarah Main- The 2.4% R&D Target

Dr Sarah Main, Director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, discusses the Government's 2.4% target for investment in R&D, and the actions needed to meet that target.

Coronavirus - Professor Paul Hunter

Professor Paul Hunter, Professor of Health Protection at the University of East Anglia discusses Coronavirus in the UK and the implications it will have on the population, and the necessary structures the UK may have to put in place.

Coronavirus in developing countries - Dr Mishal Khan

In this podcast Dr Mishal Khan, Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, discusses the challenges that lower income countries have in tackling the Covid-19 coronavirus and similar global infections.

International Research Collaboration - Professor Günter Stock

Professor Dr Dr h.c. Günter Stock, Chair of the Einstein Foundation, discusses the implications of Brexit and UK participation in the EU Framework programmes on German researchers, and the possibility of increasing bilateral collaboration.

Joanna Burton - International research collaboration

Joanna Burton, Policy Manager at the Russell Group, discusses international research collaboration, including association with the European research programmes, the importance of the immigration system on attracting talent, and the opportunities with a new government positive towards science with Gavin Costigan.