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IfM Briefing Day
Thursday 11 May 2017
New thinking from the IfM about the impact of new production technologies and how to prepare for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. A day of interactive sessions for senior industrialists and policymakers presenting the latest research, approaches and practical applications.

How we make things is changing. The internet of things, advanced analytics, robotics and 3D printing along with developments in areas such as nanotechnology and advanced materials are already making their presence felt. They promise a whole host of benefits including better products and services, greater productivity and reduced environmental impact. But they also herald change on a massive scale: new factories, new business models and new supply chains. Innovation in all these areas will be a key determinant of competitive advantage.


For leaders in industry and government the challenge is considerable: understanding the implications of these new technologies and making sure you invest in the ones that will deliver your strategic objectives.


During the day you will hear the latest thinking from IfM researchers on a range of related topics from across the whole spectrum of manufacturing. You will also have the

opportunity to focus in smaller, more interactive groups on some of the key areas of IfM research and understand how they could help your organisation.

Our team of practitioners will describe some of our recent collaborations, where research-based tools and techniques have been put into practice with industry and in the public sector.

To share insights into OECD work on the next production revolution, we are delighted to welcome a guest speaker, Alistair Nolan. He will also take part in a panel discussion with IfM
researchers and practitioners and an open Q&A session to reflect on the issues that have emerged during the day.


Benefits of attending

Attendees will hear about:

  • The latest research into key industrial issues
  • Practical tools and techniques derived from this research
  • How these tools have been used in practice
  • Opportunities for collaboration which can take the form of joint research activities, consultancy and education

All such collaborations help both inform and fund future research.


Who should attend?
  • Senior industrialists in large and multinational and mid-sized companies
  • Policymakers in local and national government and its agencies 

There will be ample opportunity for questions and informal discussion to enable delegates to assess the relevance of topics to their own needs.


IfM Speakers include:

Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge, Head of IfM and Director of Cambridge Service Alliance

Dr Tim Minshall, Deputy Head of IfM, Head of Centre for Technology Management

Dr Eoin O’Sullivan, Head of Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Dr Ronan Daly, Head of Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing

Professor Duncan McFarlane, Head of Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory

Dr Jag Srai, Head of Centre for International Manufacturing

Dr Chander Velu, Head of research programme in Business Model Innovation



Registration for the event will commence at 09.15, with the event starting at 09.45. A buffet lunch will be provided. The day will draw to a close at 17.00.


The event will be split into parallel sessions throughout the day with opportunities to explore further topics with individual researchers and practitioners.



The Briefing Day will be held at the Institute for Manufacturing in Cambridge. A map and information on local hotels will be sent with joining instructions or can be found here.


Institute for Manufacturing
17 Charles Babbage Road



Booking and enquiries


There is no charge to attend this event.

The Briefing Day is primarily for industrialists and policy makers. Consultants and others are welcome to register interest in attending, and we will contact you to confirm whether you have been allocated a place.




For more information contact the events team


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