Policy Links news and activities

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Recent activities


Dr Eoin O'Sullivan on the 'next production revolution'

4 January 2018

Manufacturing is changing. New technologies are radically altering not only how we make things, but how we innovate. As manufacturing systems, technologies and innovation activities become more complex, distributed and interdependent, policy makers around the world are looking for new ways to ensure national competitiveness for the so-called ‘next production revolution’. Read the full artice online here.



Carlos López-Gómez shares his views on the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS)

18 December 2017


"It is very important for the IfM in Cambridge to engage with these kinds of initiatives"




Policy Links launches report for BEIS on 'New Industrial Capabilities for New Economic Growth'

15 December 2017

The report, “New Industrial Capabilities for New Economic Growth: A Review of
International Policy Approaches to Strengthening Value Chain Capabilities,” was launched at the Institute for Government (IfG) in London on 15 December 2017. Commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the report analyses the role of value chain capabilities in underpinning industrial innovation and competitiveness. It draws from an extensive review of initiatives and programmes found in selected competitor countries. Four key opportunity areas for increased value capture in the UK are identified, and implications for effective policy implementation discussed. The launch was attended by representatives from various teams at BEIS as well as other government agencies and institutions including the Government Office for Science, the Department for International Trade and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).



Policy Links input to 'Future Trends and the UK's Industrial Strategy Roundtable

10 November 2017
Head of Policy Links, Carlos López-Gómez attended a high-level roundtable chaired by Lord Prior from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and UKRI's Sir Mark Walport. The aim of the meeting was to gather thoughts on the key future trends in global industries and technologies of particular importance to the UK in the context of Industrial Strategy. Other attendees included senior policy offcials from UK government departments and agencies as well as representatives from Trade Associations and UK Universities.



Policy Links convenes workshop to support UK-Japan Policy Dialogue on advanced manufacturing

21 September 2017
On 21 September, Policy Links convened the “UK-Japan Manufacturing and Innovation Policy Workshop”, bringing together senior officials from ministries and innovation agencies in UK and Japan. Held at the British Embassy in Tokyo and supported by the Science and Innovation Network (SIN), the workshop set out to support the advanced manufacturing stream of the UK-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue, established in a joint statement by Prime Ministers Theresa May and Shinzo Abe in August 2017.


UK-Japan manufacturing and innovation policy workshop



Policy Links, CSTI and CTM offer joint training in South Africa to international delegation

16 August 2017
This workshop was aimed at providing key concepts about innovation management, discussing international experiences in manufacturing policy, and sharing experiences with colleagues with a common interest in RTOs. The workshop was hosted by South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and brought together representatives of Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) from across the world. Read the full article here. To learn more about our bespoke training offering, please follow this link or contact Ella Whellams



Policy Links and CSTI capture ‘knowledge needs’ of UK Government officials

11 August 2017
Policy Links and CSTI hosted a halfday workshop on 11 August to identify how the team’s work can help address ‘knowledge needs’ of UK Government agencies. The session was attended by officials from Innovate UK, EPSRC, High Value  Manufacturing Catapult, and various teams at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Eoin O’Sullivan and Carlos López-Gómez offered an  overview of CSTI and Policy Links’ research work and training offering, and gathered feedback about the type of materials that can be useful in policy makers’ day-to-day work. The workshop was kindly hosted by the Institute for Government (IfG), CSTI and Policy Links’ sister organisation also supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, at its prestigious facilities in London.



Carlos López Gómez on the challenges facing UK manufacturing post-Brexit

18 July 2017



This article looks at how the decisions that the UK Government makes in response to Brexit could either add billions to the nation’s economy or risk decimating the country’s more than 264,000 manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In this article for The Conversation, Dr Carlos López-Gómez, explores some of the challenges facing UK manufacturing in the coming years. Read the original article published by The Conversation online here



Digitalisation of manufacturing in Ireland

July 2017
Policy Links was awarded a contract by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation in Ireland to conduct a study to determine the policy implications for Ireland from the impacts, opportunities and challenges arising from the digitalisation of the manufacturing sector. The study is being conducted by the Policy Links team with academic support from CSTI.



Policy Links and CSTI meet with UK government lead on Industrial Strategy

6 June 2017
Head of Policy Links, Carlos López-Gómez and CSTI Director Eoin O'Sullivan met with Alex Jones, Director of the Industrial Strategy team at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to discuss emerging industrial strategy approaches in the UK. The department are currently analysing feedback to their green paper: Building our Industrial Strategy.



Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute visits the IfM

2 June 2017
Head of Policy Links, Carlos López-Gómez and Director of CSTI Eoin O'Sullivan met with Professor Ben Wang at the IfM to discuss recent developments in advanced manufacturing research policies in the US and UK. Prof Wang also provided updates on new initiatives in Georgia Tech to support the application of research outcomes in industry. The meeting was joined by others from the IfM including Tim Minshall, Duncan McFarlane, Michael De Volder and Bill O'Neill to share common research interests around scale-up.



Policy Links gather evidence from Japan to inform the UK's industrial strategy

22 May 2017 |  Below: Carlos López-Gómez with the team from NEDO

Carlos López-Gómez and Ella Whellams from Policy Links carried out interviews with government agencies and research institutions in Japan as part of an evidence gathering exercise looking at international approaches to industrial strategy. The programme included meetings with senior officials from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The team also worked on preparation for their forthcoming workshop on manufacturing and innovation policy which will be held in Tokyo in September. Details about other workshops in this series can be found here.



Policy Links and CSTI write a chapter in OECD publication on 'enabling the next production revolution'

May 2017

Carlos López-Gómez and Eoin O'Sullivan have written a chapter for the OECD's recent publication: The Next Production Revolution: implications for Governments and Business. The chapter reviews international emerging manufacturing R&D priorities and policies for the next production revolution. Click here for the full news article. Click here to read the publication (and chapter 10) online.




Scottish Government's Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans visits Policy Links and CSTI

12 May 2017
Head of Policy Links, Carlos López-Gómez and CSTI Director Eoin O'Sullivan met with Leslie Evans external link, Scottish Government's Permanent Secretary to discuss opportunities for industrial innovation for Scotland as well as internationalising Scotland and its economy.



Policy Links submits evidence paper to UK Government on Industrial Strategy

17 April 2017
In response to the Government's green paper external link, Policy Links have submitted an evidence paper outlining their recommendations for implementation of the industrial strategy. The paper has been accepted by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.



Policy Links and UNIDO present joint report at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

27-30 March 2017
This joint report by the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO external link) looks at Emerging Trends in Global Advanced Manufacturing with specific focus on the megatrends shaping the future of manufacturing. Download the full report here.



Guiding industrial diversification in Trinidad and Tobago

24 March 2017
IfM ECS's Policy Links team has been working with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop a strategic roadmap for productive development policy in Trinidad and Tobago. Click here to read the full story.



Policy Links attends ONS conference on "Economic Statistics in a digital age"

21 and 22 February 2017
This two day conference provided an opportunity to explore issues surrounding the measurement of the modern economy, and influence the direction of development for official Economic Statistics. Further information about the conference is available here external link.



Policy Links facilitates two-day bespoke programme: Science, Technology & Innovation Policy

10-11 January 2017
This two day programme was developed in consultation with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Attendees included members of BEIS involved in developing the UK’s Industrial Strategy as well as senior representatives from Innovate UK and the High Value Manufacturing Catapults.



Policy Links chairs session on 'collaborative development' at RAEng conference

21 November 2016

Carlos Lopez-Gomez, Head of Policy Links chaired a session on collaborative development at the first Royal Academy of Engineering 'Frontiers of Engineering for Development' conference. For more information about the conference sessions click here external link.



Policy Links contribute to Prospect report on the trade challenges facing post-Brexit Britain

17 November 2016

Andy Neely, Head of IfM and Carlos Lopez-Gomez Head of Policy Links have written an article for the Prospect report launched today at the House of Commons. Read the full story here.



Policy Links and CSTI receive visitors from JST and the Embassy of Japan

28 October 2016

Policy Links and CSTI received visitors from the Japan Science and Technology Agency's Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS external link) and the First Secretary for Science and Technology from the Embassy of Japan in the UK. Discussion topics included industrial strategy, digitalisation of manufacturing and opportunities for collaboration.



Policy Links evidence on industrial strategy published by BEIS select committee

17 October 2016
Policy Links have submitted a paper to the select committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for their call for evidence on industrial strategy. The paper has been published here external link.



Second Babbage Symposium brings world-leading engineers and economists to Cambridge

22 September 2016
Policy Links and CSTI hosted the second Babbage Symposium in September 2016. A select group of leading international experts came together to look at aligning engineering and economic perspectives on industrial innovation and competitiveness.





Eoin O'Sullivan meets Philip Hammond

22 September 2016
CSTI Director, Eoin O’Sullivan was invited to attend a roundtable with Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer at 11 Downing Street to give his views on disruptive technologies. To read the press release, please click here external link.



Eoin O'Sullivan addresses OECD Conference in Stockholm

November 2016
CSTI Director Eoin O'Sullivan presented a session on Higher education, research and linking business to the next production revolution. See video of the full session below:




Eoin O'Sullivan gives presentation at US National Acadmies event

April 2016

Eoin O'Sullivan joined a panel session at the Symposium to give his views on Exploring a New Vision for Center-based Multidisciplinary Engineering Research. For more information about the project, please click here. See video of the full session below:




CSTI and Policy Links host 'smart specialisation' workshop for the region's agri-tech community

11 March 2016
CSTI and Policy Links held a ‘smart specialisation’ workshop for the agri-tech community in the East of England designed to identify the distinctive strengths of the region as one of Europe’s leading agri-tech clusters. It is intended that outputs from the workshop will inform government thinking on 'smart specialisation'. To read more about the project, click here.



IfM leads UK-US workshop on manufacturing and innovation policy at the White House

18 March 2015
Professor Sir Mike GregoryDr Eoin O’Sullivan and Dr Carlos Lopez-Gomez from CSTI led the event, titled: ‘UK-US workshop on manufacturing and innovation policy: practices and lessons from advanced manufacturing innovation institutes’. For more information, please click here.



Policy Links works with Yucatan government on its industrial development strategy

21 July 2014
Policy Links and others from IfM ECS worked on this project with the government of Yucatan, Mexico to help uncover strategic options for industrial growth, job creation, and improvement of the state's competitiveness as a manufacturing location. Read the project report here.

For further information please contact:

Ella Whellams

T: +44 (0) 1223 748262

E: erd30@cam.ac.uk

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