Physical sciences and ICT

This section looks at developments in the physical sciences and their implications for policymakers, focusing on topics related to information communications technology, defence and security. Advisers in this section have recently looked at issues such as the darknet, broadband infrastructure and big data.

Cyber Security of Consumer Products

This POSTnote will provide an overview of the level of cyber security across consumer products and the impact that this has on consumers and other Internet users

5G: Standards and Applications

This POSTbrief will discuss the development of technical standards for 5G and summarise its main applications

Key EU Space Programmes

This POSTbrief will provide a technical overview of three EU space programmes: Galileo, Copernicus, and Space Surveillance and Tracking

Meet the advisers

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Lorna Christie

Lorna recently completed her PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Glasgow. She re-joined POST in January 2018 as a Physical Sciences Adviser, having completed an EPSRC funded fellowship with POST in 2015.

Lydia Harriss

Lydia has a doctorate in biophysics from the University of Oxford. Before joining POST she worked as a Graduate Trainee for the Wellcome Trust, which included taking on diverse roles across communications, education, Wellcome Collection (exhibitions and events) and investments.