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The Foundation's purpose is to provide an impartial platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, technology or medical element. The Foundation organises dinner/discussions and workshops on relevant issues when parliament is sitting. A printable list of the titles and dates of the events listed below is available for download. To view the journal click on the icon on the FST Journal panel.


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17 Jul
Aviation 2050: The Vision for Science and Innovation

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Interview with Simon Burr

Interview with Professor Iain Gray

Interview with Dr Julia Sutcliffe

Interview with Martin Rolfe

Debate summary (113KB)

Professor Iain Gray CBE FREng FRSE - with audio (2390KB), Director of Aerospace, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University

Simon Burr - with audio (2462KB), Director, Engineering & Technology, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce

Martin Rolfe - with audio (983KB), Chief Executive Officer, NATS

19 Jun
Measuring and improving productivity - what tools and levers can we use?

Debate summary (106KB)

Professor Jennifer Rubin - with audio (2533KB), Executive Chair, Economic and Social Research Council

Paul Johnson - with audio (331KB), Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies

Robert Jenrick MP - audio only, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury

03 Jun
The Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

Debate summary (105KB)

Philip Augar - audio only, Chair of the independent panel of the Post-18 Review of Education and Funding

Professor Julia Buckingham - audio only, Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University

Stella Mbubaegbu CBE - audio only, Principal & Chief Executive, Highbury College

Shakira Martin - audio only, President of the National Union of Students (panellist)

24 Apr
The Two Cultures: Sixty Years On

Debate summary (128KB)

Chris Skidmore MP - audio only, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for Education

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan PRS FMedSci - audio only, President, The Royal Society

Professor Helen Small - audio only, Merton Professor of English Language and Literature,, University of Oxford

Professor Jane Macnaughton - audio only, Professor of Medical Humanities, Department of Anthropology, Durham University

Dr Sarah Main - audio only, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)

Blog: Time to Let Go of the Two Cultures? - Åsa Jansson & Ben Alderson-Day

06 Mar
Delivering the Government's Maritime 2050 Strategy - the vision for science and technology

Debate summary (117KB)

Roger Hargreaves - audio only, Director for Maritime, Department for Transport

Sarah Kenny - audio only, Vice Chair, Maritime UK

Professor Ed Hill OBE - with audio (3613KB), Executive Director, National Oceanography Centre

Professor Susan Gourvenec - audio only, Deputy Director, Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute, University of Southampton

Liz English - audio only, Group Development Manager, Associated British Ports

16 Jan
Can the goals of the Paris Agreement on the response to climate change be delivered?

Debate summary (141KB)

Nick Bridge - with audio (1252KB), Special Representative for Climate Change, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Professor Qi Ye - with audio (3450KB), Director, Institute for Public Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Baroness Worthington - audio only, Executive Director Europe, Environmental Defense Fund Europe

Emma Howard Boyd - audio only, Chair, Environment Agency [Respondent]

Professor Nick Robins - audio only, Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Politics [Respondent]

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 5 (2244KB)

19 Dec
Delivering the UK Industrial Strategy: the importance of place

Debate summary (141KB)

Ken Skates AM - audio only, Minister for Economy and Transport, Welsh Government

Sir Mark Walport FRS HonFRSE FMedSci - audio only, Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP - audio only, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Katherine Bennett OBE FRAeS - audio only, Senior Vice-President, Airbus [Respondent]

Dr Julia Sutcliffe FRAeS - audio only, Chief Technologist and Head of Engineering Strategy, Air Sector, BAE Systems [Respondent]

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 4 (2587KB)

05 Dec
Is the UK well prepared for a repeat of the 1918 influenza pandemic?

Debate summary (168KB)

Professor Chris Whitty CB FMedSci - with audio (3047KB), Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health and Social Care

Katharine Hammond, Director, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office

Dr Andrew Coburn - with audio (3797KB), Chief Scientist, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Professor Rachel McKendry - audio only, Director, i-sense and Professor of Biomedical Nanotechnology, London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Medicine, University College London [Panellist]

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 5 (2244KB)

14 Nov
What are universities for?

Debate summary (158KB)

David Sweeney - audio only, Executive Chair, Research England, UKRI

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell - audio only, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester

The Rt Hon the Lord Willetts FRS - audio only, House of Lords

Professor Jonathan Grant - audio only, Vice-President/Vice-Principal (Service), King's College London

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 4 (2587KB)

17 Oct
What is the best way to achieve the Government’s target of spending 2.4% of GDP on R&D by 2027?

Debate summary (190KB)

Dr Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci FRCP - with audio (738KB), Government Chief Scientific Adviser, GO-Science

Chi Onwurah MP - audio only, Labour Shadow Minister for the Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation and MP for Newcastle Central, MP for Central Newcastle, House of Commons

Christopher Haley - with audio (4862KB), Head of New Technology and Startup Research, Nesta

Dr David Halpern - audio only, Chief Executive, The Behavioural Insights Team

Rebecca Endean OBE - audio only, Strategy Director, UKRI

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 4 (2587KB)

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