Previous Board meetings

POST carries out horizon-scanning to anticipate issues of science and technology that are likely to impact on policy.

At Board meetings, POST advisers present a shortlist of topics for discussion. The following projects were approved at POST Board meetings.

October 2017

Biological sciences and health

  • Sleep, sleep deprivation and health
  • The microbiome and human health

Environment and energy

  • Fisheries management
  • Shale gas

Physical sciences and ICT

  • All projects are in progress and can be found on the current work page

Social sciences

  • Housing quality, health, and wellbeing

January 2017

Biological sciences and health

  • Regulating Advanced Therapies
  • EU Clinical Trials Regulation
  • Impact of Alcohol Abuse in Families on Children

Environment and energy

  • Benefits of Earth Observation Systems
  • Environmental Effects of Engineered Nanoparticles

Physical sciences and ICT

  • All projects are in progress and can be found on the current work page

Social sciences

  • Informal Caregiving

October 2016

Biological science and health
  • Security of Supply of Radioisotopes used in Medicine
  • New Models for Children and Young People's (CYP) Mental Health Services

Environment and energy

  • Energy Efficiency

Physical sciences and ICT

  • Quantum Computing
  • The Cyber Security of UK Critical Infrastructure

July 2016

Biological science and health

  • Integrity of Research: Misconduct and Fraud
  • UK Food Security

Environment and energy

  • Growth of Environmental Crime
  • Water Abstraction

April 2016

Biological science and health

  • Researching Harm from Gambling
  • New Treatments for Dementia
  • The Regulatory Status of Genome Edited Plants

Physical sciences and ICT

  • Automation and the Workforce
  • Nuclear Security

Environment and energy

  • Net Negative Emissions

January 2016

Biological science and health

  • Gene editing
  • Causes of obesity
  • Sugar and Health (update)

Social sciences

  • Comparing economic and behavioural interventions
  • Integrating health and social care
  • Creating age-friendly cities

Environment and energy

  • Ecological rewilding
  • Carbon footprint of heat generation

October 2015

Biological science and health

  • UK Neonatal and Infant Mortality

Physical sciences and ICT

  • Financial Technologies

Social sciences

  • Access to Healthy Food

Environment and energy

  • Designing a Circular Economy
  • Marine Microplastic Pollution
  • Adapting Urban Drainage
  • Water-Energy-Food-Climate Nexus