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


This course

  • Provides delegates an introduction to the latest concepts, frameworks and ideas in the areas of science, technology & innovation policy.
  • Reviews the latest manufacturing and innovation policies, programmes and practices in selected industrial countries.
  • Is interactive and based on bespoke materials developed by experts from the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge.

The course will draw insights from a large and valuable body of academic work but also from international best practices and past policy experiences. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of understanding the national context to support effective policy making.

Key themes include

  • Manufacturing ‘megatrends’, ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and key emerging technologies
  • International approaches to industrial strategy/manufacturing policy
  • Key industrial developments and policy priorities in countries around the world

Sessions will be interactive, including a combination of presentations, activities and discussions, suitable for participants from a range of functions and levels. Bespoke materials developed by experts from CSTI and Policy Links will be used throughout the course.
This open course offers an opportunity to share experiences with colleagues with a common interest in industrial and innovation policy.


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.
Session 2: Manufacturing 'megatrends' and the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'
Manufacturing ‘megatrends’ and the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution'
Session 3: International approaches to manufacturing and innovation policy
International approaches to manufacturing and innovation policy
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

Session 2: Effective policy development - an overview of international practices and implications

Session 3: Effective policy implementation - an overview of institutional forms and approaches

Course instructors


Dr Eoin O’Sullivan is the Director of the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) in the Engineering Department of Cambridge University, UK. Dr O’Sullivan’s research interests include comparative analysis of national innovation systems; intermediate R&D institutes; university-industry partnership models; and emerging technology foresight methodologies. CSTI works closely with a range of national and international research foundations, innovation agencies and government policy-makers.

Dr Carlos López-Gómez is the head of Policy Links, the knowledge exchange unit of the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge. Carlos has advised various national and regional governments as well as international organisations on the topics of industrial strategy, innovation policy, and industrial development. Carlos started his career with engineering roles at Toyota and GE working mainly on quality control and automation. Carlos is a mechatronics engineer and holds a PhD in industrial economics and innovation policy (University of Cambridge).



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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