Introduction to Science, Technology & Innovation Policy

Two-day open course for manufacturing policy civil servants and agency officials


This course draws on the expertise of the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge, to provide policy officials and civil servants a thorough introduction to manufacturing and innovation policy.

Key Benefits

  • Introduction to the latest concepts, frameworks and ideas in the areas of science, technology and innovation policy.
  • Overview of the latest innovation policies, programmes and practices in selected industrial countries, as well as the latest technological developments with the potential to disrupt global industries.
  • Bespoke materials developed by experts from the CSTI

The roles of innovation policies are being revisited around the world as countries step up efforts to generate high-wage jobs, promote productivity growth and 'rebalance' their economies.
This occurs against the backdrop of a new global industrial context characterised by changing consumer demand and the emergence of technological innovations with the potential to transform manufacturing as we know it. In particular, a more widespread use of digital technologies in industry is driving what has been heralded as a 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'.
At the same time, there is a growing demand for manufactured goods and services in part driven by a rising global middle class. yet dwindling natural resources and increasingly evident effects of climate change, underline the need to make more with less.
This new global industrial context presents great challenges but also new opportunities for countries and firms around the world. A global redistribution of industrial value added and employment has been going on for decades. As such, the context in which modern policy making takes place is one of increasing competition for the industrial activities with the most 'high value' capture potential.


Day One will set out the context of the course. This includes a discussion on global 'megatrends' affecting manufacturing industries, the concept of the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution', and the latest international approaches to manufacturing and innovation policy.
Session 1: Introduction
This session will review key definitions relevant to manufacturing and innovation policy, and discuss fundamental aspects of how manufacturing and innovation are related. It will also discuss the roles of government in promoting manufacturing-based innovation and economic growth.
Session 2: Manufacturing 'megatrends' and the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'
This session will discuss 'megatrends' affecting global manufacturing industries, from emerging technologies and changing consumer demand to new security threats. Emphasis will be made on the 'digitalisation of manufacturing' and the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'.
Session 3: International approaches to manufacturing and innovation policy
This session will review recent policy initiatives and priorities in selected countries (including Germany, Japan and the US). Emphasis will be made on identified challenges and opportunities, priority themes, and emerging R&D priorities. Examples of industrial strategies from around the world will be discussed.
There will be a course dinner for all delegates at one of the Cambridge colleges.


Day Two will provide an overview of manufacturing, the relationship between manufacturing and innovation, and approaches towards effective policy development and implementation.
Session 1: The role of research in driving industrial innovation and growth
Key themes in this session include: innovation challenges associated with emerging (scale-up) and established industry sectors (integration/diffusion/retrofitting), challenge-driven (mission) versus technology push (science driven) innovation, and 'innovation functions' beyond R&D.
Session 2: Effective policy development - an overview of international practices and implications
This session will discuss international approaches to effective policy development, including an overview of the structure and operation of government departments in selected countries.
Session 3: Effective policy implementation - an overview of institutional forms and approaches
The session introduces the variety of institutional forms and approaches used to implement manufacturing policies and industrial strategy, including university-industry manufacturing research centres, pilot lines/scale-up centres, and technology & innovation centres.


Comments from previous attendees:

"This was a really worthwhile course which provided real data and allowed policy makers time to consider their implications. The ability to debate and share knowledge was really beneficial".
"I thought I knew everything about manufacturing and innovation - I quickly realised it was not the case".


Bespoke Programme
This course can be adapted to suit your specific needs, and may also be tailored to apply to people at different levels of policy making - from new starters to senior professionals. Please get in touch with us for further information about the course, or to discuss the ways in which we can help you.  |  +44 (0)1223 766141

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Two-day course: £1,800.00 plus VAT (£2,160 inc.)

Price includes a college dinner on day one of the course. Accommodation is not included - please contact us for a list of local hotels.


A 10% discount is available on the above prices if you book to attend two or more IfM workshops at the time of booking.



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For any enquiries about the course please contact: 


Lisa Barnett

IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd

17 Charles Babbage Road

Cambridge, CB3 0FS, UK

T: +44 (0)1223 766141

F: +44 (0)1223 464217




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