Introduction to Science, Technology & Innovation Policy


6 - 7 December 2017, IfM Cambridge

Two-day open course





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


Key themes

  • Manufacturing ‘megatrends’, ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and key emerging technologies
  • International approaches to industrial strategy and 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.


Who should attend

  • Civil servants in ministries of industry, economics and trade responsible for promotion of innovation and industrial competitiveness.
  • Professionals from public and private sectors that would like to gain new insights from theory and international practice to enhance their hands-on policy experience.
  • Officials in national and regional agencies responsible for drafting industrial and innovation plans, and designing R&D portfolios.


"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"

Senior Policy Official, BEIS





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'
Session 3: 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).



Past attendees

In the past six months, Policy Links has run Science, Technology and Innovation Policy workshops with participants from:



Bespoke courses


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 if you would like to discuss this further.


Policy Links


For further information about the areas of expertise and the services offered by Policy Links, please cilck here or get in touch with the team by emailing


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Booking and enquiries

Two-day course: £1,800.00 plus VAT (£2,160 inc.)
Please contact us if you require accommodation for the courses.

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 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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