IfM makes an impact at Digital Manufacturing WeekTuesday 16 November 2021
As official knowledge partner for Digital Manufacturing Week 2021, the IfM delivered a packed schedule of masterclasses, keynotes and live demonstrations – all designed to help delegates unpick the key business challenges of today.
IfM report highlights need for stronger IP strategy capabilities for SMEsMonday 15 November 2021
A report prepared by the IfM and published by the European Commission looks at the extent to which Intellectual Property (IP) facilitates or hinders Open Innovation, particularly in relation to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
IfM researchers recognised in 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement AwardsFriday 8 October 2021
The IfM’s Jag Srai and Duncan McFarlane have been recognised in the 2021 Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Research Impact and Engagement.
IfM innovation methods enable new approaches to address depression in young peopleTuesday 28 September 2021
A new report forms part of a wider project by the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management to explore how innovation methods used by industry can be applied to complex healthcare applications.
IfM works with Domino Printing to improve performance in continuous inkjet printersFriday 24 September 2021
The IfM has worked with global printing company Domino to help optimise ink designs for different production environments.
IfM plugs into new Made Smarter investments in smart manufacturingTuesday 27 July 2021
The institute is working across projects in connected factories and healthcare innovation, partnering with government, industry, catapults and academia.
‘Exemplary educator’ Alan Thorne wins Pilkington PrizeWednesday 30 June 2021
The prize recognises Alan’s outstanding contribution to the IfM’s flagship educational ‘Robot Lab’, which has become one of the defining features of the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET).
IfM partners on new hub to drive healthcare innovation across Cambridgeshire and PeterboroughWednesday 23 June 2021
The institute is part of a winning bid led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust to host one of four new UK hubs supporting the adoption of innovations in healthcare.
IfM students Tse Uweja and Charlie Barty-King among 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award winnersTuesday 1 June 2021
Their achievements and commitment to positive social change impressed a panel of judges consisting of four stakeholders representing the community, the University of Cambridge and organisations dedicated to supporting student social action.
IfM awarded for COVID-19 response at Cambridge Independent Science and Technology AwardsFriday 16 April 2021
The institute’s work on hospital logistics, PPE delivery and the development of a ventilator sharing device was recognised.
New project to upcycle polyurethane foam waste in ThailandTuesday 30 March 2021
A new two-year project led by Curie Park aims to upcycle polyurethane (PU) foam, a type of plastic that is used in mattresses, sofa and car seats, and implement sustainable business innovation mechanisms in Thailand.
New study to help inform the development of innovation hubsWednesday 10 February 2021
Innovate UK have commissioned a study, conducted by the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy and the Policy Links Unit, to inform the development of innovation hubs, a new support mechanism within the Manufacturing Made Smarter initiative.
IfM joins innovative 5G trial at Port of FelixstoweTuesday 19 January 2021
The project is supported by the UK government and will test how 5G and the Industrial Internet of Things can enhance productivity, efficiency and safety at the port.
Record number of pitches at OI Forum’s annual competition for food sector innovationThursday 3 December 2020
An innovative new technology to make bioplastics and other sustainable plant-based materials and a method to industrialise photosynthesis to expand the world’s food supply were the winning ideas at the Open Innovation (OI) Forum’s annual Food, Drink and FMCG pitching competition.
IfM team set up logistics for Cambridge student COVID-19 testingWednesday 18 November 2020
This term, the University has embarked on the weekly COVID-19 testing of all Cambridge students living in college accommodation. A group of IfM staff, students and alumni are handling the job.
IfM launches project to accelerate healthcare innovationTuesday 22 September 2020
The initial case study will explore an integrated approach to innovation for the identification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression in young people.
IfM adds expertise to new initiative to improve UK productivityWednesday 2 September 2020
The institute will contribute to the University of Cambridge’s role in the Productivity Institute, the largest economic and social research investment ever in the UK.
IfM receives prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering award for COVID-19 workMonday 17 August 2020
We are proud to announce that the IfM has received a President’s Special Award for Pandemic Service for our work in combating the coronavirus.
IfM researchers make strides in local manufacturing of PPE in MalawiSunday 16 August 2020
The team has been developing digital fabrication capabilities to support the production of face masks and face shields needed to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP) leads bootcamp for youth leaders for Dhaka OIC Youth Capital 2020Thursday 13 August 2020
The event focused on how to apply socio-economic systems thinking to address the systematic geopolitical challenges related to safely repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.
New ventilator sharing device being tested by Institute for Manufacturing engineers and Royal Papworth anaesthetistsWednesday 22 July 2020
The new device, which is being developed in collaboration with Cambridge Design Partnership, improves upon and addresses concerns about previous ‘ventilator splitter’ designs, allowing one ventilator to be used by two patients more safely.
£1.2 million awarded to establish Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and InnovationThursday 16 July 2020
The new unit will help to drive a step change in universities’ contributions to delivering increased R&D and innovation in the UK.
Innovate UK commissions advanced manufacturing study from CIIPTuesday 14 July 2020
Innovate UK has commissioned the Policy Links Unit to conduct a study to better understand challenges and opportunities for international research and innovation (R&I) collaboration in the advanced manufacturing and materials sector.
Funding awarded for nanomanufacturing research to support a faster transition to electric vehiclesThursday 25 June 2020
Dr Michael De Volder, who leads the IfM's Nanomanufacturing group, has been awarded funding of two million euros from the European Research Council to manufacture Li-Ion batteries with enhanced energy and power density for use in electric vehicles.
IfM's business diagnostic workshop and mentoring helps digital start-up in JordanTuesday 16 June 2020
Abjjad, an Arabic social network for readers, authors, and bloggers in the Middle East, completed an intensive business diagnostic workshop with the IfM to analyse their priorities and strategies and be mentored to automate their core operations.
IfM students receive Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award for COVID-19 workFriday 29 May 2020
Jack Levy, Fathima Nisha Begum Samad and David Cordova, MPhil students in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management, received a Vice- Chancellor’s Social Impact Award for their efforts in supporting Addenbrooke’s Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IfM’s Innovation and Intellectual Property Management Lab challenges 2019 Trinity Bradfield Prize winners to think strategically about their IPWednesday 13 May 2020
Using the IfM’s IP Strategy Roadmapping tool, Pratheeba Vimalnath and Graham Bell helped the winning organisations to think through their approach to their burgeoning intellectual property.
Students from IfM help to speed up vital COVID-19 testingFriday 1 May 2020
Two Wolfson College students from the Institute for Manufacturing are working with experts at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Baker Lab to help streamline testing for COVID-19.
IfM researchers to help develop digital fabrication in Malawi in rapid response to COVID-19Wednesday 29 April 2020
A new project including IfM researchers Lucia Corsini and Dr James Moultrie will develop digital fabrication capabilities in Malawi to support the production of urgently needed face masks and face shields.
Dr Sebastian Pattison receives funding to develop bespoke 3D printed support bracesTuesday 14 April 2020
The Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard grant is awarded to early career researchers to help launch their research careers, providing up to £100,000 over two years.
Industrial modelling techniques help Addenbrooke’s Hospital manage COVID-19 careTuesday 7 April 2020
IfM researchers are working to help the hospital model patient flow, examine the hospital's oxygen supply, and better understand staffing challenges.
Object-tracking technology used to coordinate PPE equipmentThursday 2 April 2020
IfM spin-out Redbite Solutions have provided their object-tracking technology, itemit, to co-ordinate donations of PPE equipment in fight against COVID-19. The technology is ensuring that only NHS-approved items are forwarded on to the NHS.
Open Innovation Forum moves online with focus on virtual innovationThursday 2 April 2020
After its scheduled meeting was curtailed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the forum brought together over 50 participants from 20 member companies using virtual collaborative tools.
Manufacturing and COVID-19: ways your company could helpTuesday 17 March 2020
If you are an engineering or manufacturing company, read the ways you can get involved with tackling the COVID-19 outbreak.
TIGR2ESS programme shaping policy for agri-business in PunjabFriday 13 March 2020
Dr Jag Srai attended a meeting at Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, looking at state-level policy interventions to encourage the development of agri-tech and digital platform technologies for agri-business in Punjab.
Project advancing the use of low-carbon technologies updates discussed in CambridgeMonday 9 March 2020
IfM ECS recently hosted the ‘Advancing Communities towards low-Carbon Energy Smart Systems’, or ACCESS, project partners in Cambridge to discuss the latest developments of the pilot studies taking place in communities across Europe.
How Made Smarter is empowering women in manufacturingFriday 6 March 2020
Industry trailblazers Andrea Thompson (BAE Systems), Andrea Hough (ATEC Engineering Solutions) and Donna Edwards (Made Smarter) say manufacturing SMEs can inspire a generation and close the gender gap.
Digital transformation in the energy sectorMonday 17 February 2020
Dr Diana Khripko recently spoke at E-World Energy and Water in Essen on digital transformation in the energy industry, highlighting IfM tools and approaches which can support organisation at different steps of the digital journey.
KOKUYO apply roadmapping to support technology venture concept design and strategy visualisationThursday 9 January 2020
A recent pilot study, led by Dr Yuta Hirose in Japan as part of the IfM's STIM Consortium, saw a new application of roadmapping to support technology venture concept design and strategy visualisation.
IfM researchers create miniature winter landscape with lasers and inkjet printingThursday 12 December 2019
Researchers from IfM Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing Group have created a miniature winter scene for this year's IfM Christmas Card. The scene has been created using lasers and inkjet printing and the trees are no bigger than 10mm high.
IfM graduate Ying Wan Loh wins IET Young Woman Engineer of the YearWednesday 11 December 2019
Huge congratulations to Ying Wan Loh, a former IfM student, who has been recognised with this prestigious award by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
IfM Knowledge Partner at UK’s biggest manufacturing eventTuesday 3 December 2019
Sharing our content and perspectives from the largest manufacturing event in the UK calendar: an opening keynote from Tim Minshall, a series of IfM workshops, and engagement across the manufacturing community. Catch up with what you missed.
How to change the world: Steve Evans keynoteMonday 2 December 2019
Professor Steve Evans, Head of the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability, gave a keynote talk at the prestigious ‘How to change the world’ conference in London on 28th November, as part of a stellar line up of speakers including Malcolm Gladwell, Noam Chomsky and Robert Winston.
Sustainable Value Innovation course held in NorwayFriday 29 November 2019
Dr Doroteya Vladimirova and Ian Bamford from the Centre for Industrial Sustainability led a two-day course on Sustainable Value Innovation at the Norwegian Centre of Expertise iKuben in Molde, Norway.
QEII Create the Future podcast features Tim MinshallMonday 18 November 2019
Professor Tim Minshall, Head of the IfM, features in the latest episode of ‘Create the Future’ podcast from The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, alongside materials scientist Dr Anna Ploszajski.
IfM Review Issue 11: Strategic approaches to digitalisationMonday 11 November 2019
Issue 11 of IfM Review considers how digitalisation is changing manufacturing and how organisations can best develop strategies to respond.
H2020 TRUST - Twinning for Industrial SustainabilityFriday 18 October 2019
The Centre for Industrial Sustainability has joined a partnership with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and ISQ in Portugal under the umbrella of TRUST aiming to boost research excellence in the area of INDUSTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY.
IfM announce winners of University's first Postdoctoral AwardsFriday 18 October 2019
The IfM were proud to run a pilot scheme for Postdoctoral Awards - the first place in the University to take forward such a scheme. Awards were presented in three categories; Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Research and Excellence in Academic Citizenship.
IfM Briefing hosts world-renowned expert David TeeceWednesday 2 October 2019
The IfM Briefing on ‘Developing Industrial Capabilities’ on 23rd Sept drew a large audience to hear thought-provoking ideas from leading thinkers and practitioners.
Shoestring conference: Helping SME manufacturers access the benefits of digital technologyTuesday 1 October 2019
The 'Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring' open workshop drew in a large audience of SME manufacturers, providers and industry associations to find out how to engage with this radical research project.
Policy Links seminar for government on UK’s value chain capabilitiesMonday 30 September 2019
Carlos López-Gómez of the IfM's Policy Links Unit delivered a seminar at BEIS for UK government policy makers, on the recommendations of an IfM report into strengthening value chains for economic growth.
Podcast: Problem Solvers episode 2 - Augmented humansFriday 13 September 2019
This episode explores 'augmented humans', the engineering and ethical challenges of how humans interact with technology, with Dr Thomas Bohné and Dr Karina Vold.
How can environmental policy motivate greener industries? Have your sayThursday 29 August 2019
Researchers at the Institute for Manufacturing are working with the Environment Agency to explore the potential use of incentives within environmental regulation.
Restorative Pioneers Day, looking beyond sustainabilityThursday 25 July 2019
A recent event organised by the Centre for Industrial Sustainability brought together researchers and business leaders to explore how industrial activities could have a net-positive environmental impact.
Cambridge to host international summit for young leaders, with IfM researcher on organising committeeMonday 22 July 2019
Young leaders from across the UK and Latin America will gather in Cambridge in September to discuss science, policy and innovation for a changing world. IfM's Cristina Rodriguez-Rivero, on the organising committee, explains more.
Policy Links delivers report on Industry 4.0 security at GMISThursday 11 July 2019
David Leal-Ayala of IfM's Policy Links Unit delivered a keynote talk at the Global Manufacturing Summit (9-11 July, Yekaterinburg, Russia) on a new report on the Safety and Security Dimensions of Industry 4.0.
Insect protein steals the show – OI Forum pitching event won by ProtifarmTuesday 9 July 2019
An entrepreneurial producer of alternative protein, Protifarm, has been voted as the winner of the IfM’s Open Innovation Forum Spring pitching event, held in London on 26th June.
Podcast: Problem Solvers episode 1 - Sustainability in the food industryFriday 5 July 2019
Problem Solvers: the IfM podcast. Episode 1: We explore sustainable innovation in the food industry, with Professor Steve Evans and Gary Punter.
Innovation for food security and sustainability explored at first IfM BriefingThursday 4 July 2019
The first in a new series of IfM Briefings provided a platform for leading research and industrial case studies on sustainability and security in the global food industry.
IfM convenes leading international organisations on future manufacturing skillsMonday 1 July 2019
The IfM convened a roundtable event for researchers and policy analysts from leading international organisations (the OECD, UNIDO, UNCTAD and World Economic Forum) at Madingley Hall to consider issues for the future manufacturing workforce.
Celebrating IfM females as part of International Women in Engineering DayThursday 20 June 2019
To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June we asked some of IfM’s brilliant females to tell us about their work and what inspires them about engineering.
Low-cost automation ‘on a shoestring’ demos in actionWednesday 19 June 2019
New solutions for low-cost automation for SME manufacturers were demonstrated to project partners at the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring meeting.
New report explains why UK manufacturing is underestimated in valueWednesday 12 June 2019
The economic value of manufacturing to the UK is being underestimated in official statistics, potentially by as much as half, according to a new report by Jostein Hauge and Eoin O'Sullivan.
MET Design Show 2019: Undergraduate product innovationsFriday 7 June 2019
This year’s MET Design Show on 5th June once again saw an impressive array of creative student inventions on display.
IfM opens its doors to welcome visitors at Showcase eventFriday 7 June 2019
On 6th June the IfM threw open its doors to over a hundred collaborators, friends and new connections, to showcase the diversity of work that takes place here.
The future of technology - feature by Great Northern railWednesday 22 May 2019
IfM colleagues discuss how simple technologies are transforming millions of lives each day, how VR is being utilised to safely train staff in some of the most dangerous jobs, and how the latest lasers are being developed to build the cities of the future.
Advancing Communities towards low-Carbon Energy Smart SystemsThursday 2 May 2019
IfM Education and Consultancy Services is part of 'ACCESS', a European project which is bringing together experts and governments around joint challenges to support larger uptake of low carbon grid-related technologies in communities and ‘Smart Cities’.
HCL joins the Cambridge Service Alliance with official signing ceremonyWednesday 1 May 2019
HCL Technologies officially joined the Cambridge Service Alliance as a gold member during a recent signing ceremony held in Cambridge.
Open Innovation Forum April meeting: Exploring collaborative R&DTuesday 30 April 2019
April's meeting focused on the theme of delivering health and well-being, and was hosted by Walgreens Boots Alliance in Nottingham, with over 60 participants from Forum members. We welcomed three new member companies to the consortium.
Low-cost digital solutions for large-scale manufacturersMonday 29 April 2019
Building on the growing momentum around our Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring initiative for SMEs, a recent workshop explored the possibilities for low-cost digitalisation options for larger companies.
IfM students build UK’s largest nitrous hybrid rocket engineMonday 15 April 2019
‘Pulsar’ engine was designed and constructed from scratch by Cambridge University Spaceflight (CUSF) students from the Engineering department.
The Department launches its 16th Annual Photography CompetitionMonday 8 April 2019
John Reddaway – an appreciationTuesday 2 April 2019
John Reddaway, who has died aged 92, was a Cambridge engineer who introduced what became known as the “Reddaway plan”, a pioneering approach that brought engineering students face-to-face with the practical demands of manufacturing industry and which remains the inspiration for much teaching and training at the IfM today.
Future Technology for Sustainability and Roadmapping events held in Tokyo, JapanMonday 1 April 2019
In March 2019, a series of IfM-related events were held in Tokyo, Japan to develop mutual learning opportunities between Japan and the UK.
Interview with Dr Jag Srai, newly appointed Co-Chair of Cambridge Global Food SecurityWednesday 27 March 2019
Dr Jag Srai has been appointed as the new Co-Chair of the Cambridge Global Food Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre, replacing Professor Chris Gilligan.
Kate Willsher wins Whitehall Industry Group leadership awardTuesday 12 March 2019
This well-deserved award for Kate Willsher, IfM ECS's Chief Operations Officer, recognises positive impact in leadership practice and leading teams.
Upcycled Toy Design received Best Creative Business Award at Bangkok Design Week 2019Monday 25 February 2019
An exciting culmination to an innovation project in Thailand, using a creative approach to upcycling waste products, saw one of the local entrepreneurial teams win a design award.
HVMC's Sam Turner joins IfM's Distinguished Speakers seriesThursday 14 February 2019
Professor Sam Turner from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult joined us at the IfM on 11th February, in the fourth guest talk in our ‘Distinguished Speakers’ series.
IfM professional staff recognised with university awardMonday 14 January 2019
IfM and IfM ECS support teams were proud to receive a 2018 University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor’s Professional Services Award; well-earned recognition of the amazing work that goes into making the IfM such a friendly, collaborative and innovative place at which to work and study.
Understanding roadmapping from the customer's perspectiveFriday 11 January 2019
Contribute to the latest research into the digitalisation of roadmapping by taking a survey on the customer perspectives. If you have used roadmapping in your organisation or taken part in roadmapping workshops, we would appreciate your feedback.
Professor Steve Evans contributes to Future of Engineering reportWednesday 19 December 2018
The Future of Engineering special report, published in The Times, addresses the concerns occupying the sector's leaders, featuring an opinion piece by Prof Steve Evans.
Roadmapping for digital transformation - take part in IfM researchWednesday 28 November 2018
The Centre for Technology Management is offering the opportunity for an organisation to participate in their research programme – specifically helping to plan/enhance digital transformation initiatives through the use of roadmapping.
Chips with everything: Start-ups pitch their innovations to food and drink multinational 'dragons'Tuesday 27 November 2018
The Open Innovation Forum’s annual pitching competition, organised by IfM for start-ups in the food, drink and FMCG sectors, has been won this year by an ingenious, portable DNA test which can rapidly identify contamination risks in food.
Leverhulme Trust Lecture: Technology, IP & Innovation in the EconomyTuesday 27 November 2018
Thought-leadership at the UK's biggest manufacturing conferenceThursday 22 November 2018
IfM played a key role at the largest manufacturing event in the UK, Digital Manufacturing Week, with speakers, workshops, our exhibition stand, and plenty of engagement. Catch up with what you missed.
IfM Review Issue 9: Collaborations that make a differenceMonday 5 November 2018
The latest issue of IfM Review features outstanding examples of recent collaborative projects across the IfM.
Boeing talk: Making it lighter, cheaper and fasterMonday 5 November 2018
We were lucky to be joined on 30 Oct by Dr Leo Christodoulou of The Boeing Company, who talked to an engaged IfM audience about the exciting engineering challenges of aerospace manufacturing.
CIM Symposium 2018: The impact of advanced technologies on supply chainsMonday 15 October 2018
A packed programme at the 22nd Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium featured keynote talks from senior executives and thought leaders.
Advancing policymakers understanding of regional innovation fundingFriday 27 July 2018
CSTI brings together policymakers and researchers to explore ‘place-based’ funding programmes.
IfM Design Show 2018: Inventive undergraduate product prototypesWednesday 6 June 2018
MET students displayed their original products, designed to have real business potential for an identified market. 2018 projects include Hexamill, Leaflogger, Soap for Life, the Hyperbot Pro, and several more creative inventions.
Manufacturing a Better World: IfM hosts vibrant 2018 Briefing DayFriday 18 May 2018
Leaders and senior executives from industry, government and academia gathered together for a lively and thought-provoking annual Briefing Day at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) on 17th May.
'How Stuff Gets Made' - IfM and Faculty of Education deliver outreach days in primary schoolsTuesday 8 May 2018
Children in local primary schools around Cambridge have been learning more about ‘How Stuff Gets Made’ thanks to a programme being delivered by engineering students and researchers and the Faculty of Education.
Technology and innovation in the oil and gas sectorMonday 30 April 2018
Research from the Institute for Manufacturing will be discussed at the Future Oil & Gas conference in Aberdeen on 12 June 2018.
IfM joins collaborative project to strengthen the Internet of ThingsFriday 20 April 2018
The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), part of the Department of Engineering, has been selected to help enhance the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of a new collaborative project.
Policy links delivers report on international innovation policies to the Brazilian Industrial Board (CNI)Monday 9 April 2018
Policy Links presented the results of a study on international approaches to innovation policy, commissioned by the Brazilian Industrial Board (CNI).
Science Festival at the IfM - Winners announced for i-Teams competitionWednesday 4 April 2018
Budding young engineers and scientists were treated to a plethora of exhibits at the West Cambridge site on the last Saturday in March.
Transforming medicines manufacturing: REMEDIES partners meetingWednesday 14 March 2018
ReMediES partners meet at the IfM to report on progress as this phase of the project nears completion.
Sharing in Growth wins national skills innovation awardWednesday 7 March 2018
IfM Education and Consultancy Services are a delivery partner for the Sharing in Growth programme which has just won the Semta Innovation Award.
IfM providing supply chain expertise for major research collaboration to transform Indian agricultureFriday 23 February 2018
Dr Jag Srai, Head of IfM's Centre for International Manufacturing, is taking part in a three-day workshop in Delhi to launch the TIGR2ESS project.
Dr Jag Srai talks about digital supply chains for the World Economic ForumMonday 15 January 2018
Dr Srai has written a blog, been interviewed for a podcast and guest edited the World Economic Forum's Agenda Weekly Expert Edition, sharing insights on digital supply chains with WEF's community of experts.
IfM Review Issue 8: The next production revolutionThursday 4 January 2018
Rapid advances in production technologies, particularly when allied with the digitalisation of manufacturing, promise a huge range of opportunities for national governments and individual firms.