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IfM Briefing Day
Thursday 11 May 2017
A day of interactive sessions for senior industrialists and policymakers presenting the latest research, approaches and practical applications from the Institute for Manufacturing.

This intensive briefing day is designed to introduce the latest research, practice and education programmes of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). It also provides a forum for the fruitful exchange of ideas and an opportunity to explore possible collaborations.


We will provide an overview of the IfM’s other main research projects and examples of how our research has been applied with industry and government – along with opportunities for collaboration. 


Attendees will be able to meet IfM researchers from across the whole spectrum of manufacturing, from R&D and design to supply, production and service.


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 

Chief Executives, Chief Operating Officers and Chief Technology Officers. Vice-Presidents, Directors and Managers concerned with:

  • Strategy
  • Research and development
  • Design
  • Innovation and technology management
  • Manufacturing
  • Operations
  • Performance
  • Product development
  • Supply chain management
  • Service
  • Sustainability

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



Download the 2016 full programme here

The 2017 programme will be available in due course.



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

To book your place to attend the Briefing Day, please contact:


Holly Shaw


T: +44 (0)1223 748267

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