Policy workshops and seminars

We work closely with UK and international counterparts to deliver policy workshops and seminars both in the UK and partner countries. These policy dialogue events provide an opportunity for officials to share experiences and address key issues of interest. We hold regular policy workshops in Berlin, Tokyo and Washington.



Our series of workshops and seminars is part of an ongoing collaboration between Policy Links and the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI) and the UK Science & Innovation Network external link.


The series brings together ‘paired’ institutions from UK and partner countries to share experiences and jointly identify potential solutions to the challenges faced in promoting innovation and manufacturing-based growth. In particular, the workshop series offers an opportunity for policy officials to, together with other relevant stakeholders from academia, industry and society, share lessons and effective practices related to:

  • Manufacturing policy development – latest industrial and sector strategies, key national policy priorities, practical lessons in developing cross-agency strategies.
  • Manufacturing policy evidence and foresight – key sources of ‘industrial intelligence’, key trends and drivers affecting industrial competitiveness and value capture, manufacturing futures.
  • Manufacturing policy institutions – roles and functions of key manufacturing policy-related institutions, including: technology and innovation centres, national academies, university-industry collaborative R&D organisation, and industry associations.



Past events

UK-GERMANY  |  2016

Roles of National Institutions in Supporting Innovation

This workshop brought together a high profile group of policymakers and practitioners from UK and German institutions to share experiences and identify best practices in implementing innovation policies.


Read the workshop summary here



UK-US  |  2015

Practices and Lessons from Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

This workshop was held at the White House and brought together senior policy makers and agency officials from the UK and US to discuss manufacturing and innovation policy, with particular focus on technology and innovation centres.


Read the workshop summary here 



UK-JAPAN  |  2014

Manufacturing and Industrial Policy

This workshop brought together  industrialists, officials and academics involved with manufacturing in the UK and Japan in order to share processes and findings concerning manufacturing futures and to gain a mutual understanding of the national manufacturing policy landscapes including industrial and sectoral strategies and research interfaces with industry.


Read the workshop summary here








The above workshops were organised in collaboration with the UK Science & Innovation Network


If you would like to discuss opportunities for international collaborations in partnership with Policy Links please get in touch with us.

For further information please contact:

Ella Whellams

T: +44 (0) 1223 748262

E: erd30@cam.ac.uk

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