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The Foundation for Science and Technology

The Foundation's purpose is to provide a neutral platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, engineering or technology 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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Recent events

18 Jul
2018
Growing international research and development partnerships in a post-Brexit world

Debate summary (149KB)

The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP - audio only, Chair, House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology

Dr Douglas Terrier - with audio (49KB), Chief Technologist (Acting), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


20 Jun
2018
How can the adoption of new technology be accelerated to improve the efficiency of the justice system?

Debate summary (132KB)

The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos - with audio (54KB), Chancellor, The High Court of England and Wales

Susan Acland-Hood - with audio (5578KB), Chief Executive, HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE - with audio (2259KB), President, Society for Computers and Law

Andrea Coomber - audio only, Director, JUSTICE [Panellist]


23 May
2018
Is the rate of change of GDP the best way to measure economic growth?

Debate summary (133KB)

Professor Jonathan Haskel - with audio (1207KB), Professor of Economics, King's Business School, King's College London

John Pullinger CB - audio only, National Statistician, Head, Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive, UK Statistics Authority

Tera Allas - with audio (878KB), Senior Fellow and Director of Research, McKinsey Center for Government

Clare Lombardelli - audio only, Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury and joint head of the Government Economic Service, HM Treasury [Panellist]

Professor Martin Weale CBE - audio only, Professor of Economics, King's Business School, King's College London [Panellist]

Professor John Kay CBE FRSE FBA - audio only, Economist [Panellist]


25 Apr
2018
The impact of distributed ledger technology on trading, finance and insurance

Debate summary (127KB)

Chris Corrado - with audio (815KB), Group Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer, London Stock Exchange Group

Shirine Khoury-Haq - audio only, Chief Operating Officer, Lloyd's of London

Dr Mike Short CBE FREng FIET - audio only, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Trade

Keith Bear - audio only, Vice President, Global Financial Markets, Global Markets, IBM [Panellist]

Tim Smith - audio only, Consultant, Credit Suisse [Panellist]

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 3 (5343KB)


21 Mar
2018
Securing environmental benefits from farming while meeting the demand for food

Debate summary (167KB)

Professor Ian Boyd FRSE FRSB - with audio (820KB), Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment and Rural Affairs

Minette Batters - with audio (1614KB), President, National Farmers Union (NFU)

Helen Browning - audio only, Chief Executive, Soil Association

The Lord Cameron of Dillington - audio only, House of Lords [Panellist]

Richard Hebditch - audio only, Government Affairs Director, The National Trust [Panellist]

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 3 (5343KB)


28 Feb
2018
UKRI leaves the starting blocks: the management of government funding of research and innovation

Debate summary (200KB)

Sir Mark Walport FRS HonFRSE FMedSci - with audio (1835KB), Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Sir Alan Wilson FRS FBA FAcSS - audio only, Chief Executive, The Alan Turing Institute

Kirsten Bound - audio only, Executive Director of Research Analysis and Policy, Nesta, NESTA [Panellist]

Jonathan Neale - audio only, Chief Executive, McLaren Technology Group [Panellist]

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 3 (5343KB)


24 Jan
2018
The Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Debate summary (178KB)

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng - with audio (409KB), Chair, Hackitt Inquiry into Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Graham Watts OBE - with audio (70KB), Chief Executive, Construction Industry Council (CIC)

Peter Baker - with audio (493KB), Director, Construction Division and Chief Inspector of Construction, Health and Safety Executive

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE FREng [Panellist] - audio only, Member, Grenfell Expert Panel, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Chief Executive, BRE Group

Turlogh O’Brien CBE [Panellist], Chairman of the Governing Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Post-Grenfell Expert Working Group, Construction Industry Council (CIC)

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 3 (5343KB)


14 Nov
2017
The impact on society of machine learning - an opportunity or a threat?

Debate summary (176KB)

Dr Mike Lynch OBE FRS FREng - audio only, Founder, Invoke Capital

Dr Claire Craig CBE - with audio (2314KB), Director of Science Policy, The Royal Society

Amir Saffari - with audio (4713KB), Head of AI, BenevolentAI

Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng - audio only, Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton

Professor Chris Bishop FRS FREng - audio only, Laboratory Director, Microsoft Research, Cambridge [Panellist]

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 2 (1426KB)


06 Nov
2017
A business strategy for Scotland

Debate summary (123KB)

Professor Iain Gray CBE FREng FRSE - audio only, Vice President for Business, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Nora Senior CBE - audio only, Chair, Scottish Government's Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills

Lady Susan Rice CBE FRSE - audio only, Chair, Scottish Water

Paul Wheelhouse MSP - audio only, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy and Member for South Scotland, Scottish Parliament

This discussion appeared in the FST Journal Volume 22, Number 2 (1426KB)


18 Oct
2017
Searching for the Holy Grail of a science and innovation strategy that makes a difference

 
 
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