The Futures Programme

The Futures Programme is working to broaden the impact of the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) science and technology into areas that are strategically important to the UK. The main focus of our work is on global challenge areas in energy, the environment, healthcare and security. We have recently added Global Food Security to our portfolio as a sub theme to Environment. We work closely with our colleagues in STFC Global Challenges who provide funding mechanisms for the STFC community to engage in Global Challenge areas.

Futures is also engaged across government in helping address the policies and programmes of UK government departments with responsibility for these areas:

  • engagement with policymakers
  • raising awareness of STFC capability relevant to their needs
  • identifying policy challenges where STFC capabilities can be applied
  • putting policymakers in touch with expert advisers in the national laboratories and the wider science community (and vice versa)
  • horizon scanning for relevant science and technology trends
  • stimulating activities aimed at addressing government needs


Head of the Futures Programme
Catherine Ewart

Industry Strategy Co-ordinator and Innovate UK Relationship Manager
Gareth Derbyshire

Defence, Security and Resilience Theme Leader
Bryan Edwards

Energy Theme Leader
Kevin Smith

Health and Cancer Care Theme Leader
Barbara Camanzi

Horizon scanning and Futures Analyst
Geoff McBride

Resource Management
Melanie Kidd

Last updated: 7 December 2023

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