The Future of UK Manufacturing

Wednesday 17 April 2024

The IfM has collaborated with High Manufacturing Value Catapult and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to deliver the Future of UK Manufacturing Conference in Sheffield.

New report: Commercialisation in the social sciences

Wednesday 17 April 2024

In a new report, Tomas Ulrichsen and Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou explore the key barriers, enablers and pathways to success for social science research commercialisation. 

UK Innovation Report 2024 launched

Friday 22 March 2024

Policy experts from the IfM's Cambridge Industrial Innovation Policy have published the latest data on the UK’s innovation activity and industrial performance globally.

Institute for Manufacturing open day at the Cambridge Festival

Wednesday 20 March 2024

The Institute for Manufacturing opened its doors to members of the public on Saturday 16 March for a day of talks, demonstrations and engaging experiments. 

Study for UK government explores impact of Made Smarter Adoption programme

Thursday 7 March 2024

A new IfM study commissioned by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) to provide expert advice on improving the impact and measurement of the Made Smarter Adoption (MSA) programme has been published.

IfM Engage event to enable more interdisciplinary work on mental health innovation

Wednesday 28 February 2024

IfM Engage and The William Templeton Foundation for Young People's Mental Health (YPMH) join forces on 19 June to deliver 'Collaborate to innovate: Working together to change mental health outcomes' - a mental health innovation event for the whole mental health ecosysten.

Here to Hope 2024: The Centre for Industrial Sustainability’s retreat returns

Tuesday 20 February 2024

The Centre for Industrial Sustainability's retreat returned to the Peak District this January, offering a week of workshops, discussions and community-building for sustainability researchers and practitioners.

IfM Cambridge Festival 2024 programme launched

Monday 12 February 2024

The IfM opens its doors for the Cambridge Festival on 16 March 2024. Come along to discover more about the exciting things that go on here! 


Controlled environment agriculture poised to boost UK's horticultural exports

Thursday 8 February 2024

In a new Defra report, industrial IfM Engage experts offer recommendations to help controlled environment agriculture in the UK produce more sustainable, affordable fruit and vegetables for domestic consumption and the export market.

Tackling manufacturing’s image problem through policy

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Researchers from the IfM and Aston University have produced an InterAct-funded report which examines the public perception of manufacturing, the factors influencing it, and how it has evolved in the past decade.

IfM Engage helps build a greener future in European cities

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Over the course of the last four and a half years, Dr Diana Khripko and Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou from IfM Engage have participated in the ACCESS initiative, helping four European municipalities undertake sustainability and energy transition projects. 

IfM/World Economic Forum paper explores role of partnerships in circular transformation

Monday 15 January 2024

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai and doctoral researcher Lisa Rossi, along with members of the World Economic Forum Circular Transformation of Industries initiative, have published a White Paper exploring the role of partnerships in circular transformation.

IfM report to launch at WEF Annual Meeting in Davos

Monday 8 January 2024

Dr Thomas Bohné and PhD student Jessica Horn have led the work on the World Economic Foruc report, 'Views from the Front Line: Workers' Insights on How to Introduce New Technology,' published today.


Taking bold steps: ISMM alumna Griselda Togobo

Tuesday 2 January 2024

ISMM alumna Griselda Togobo is a successful entrepreneur and influential advocate for business diversity and inclusion. She discusses her passion for promoting female leadership and how attending the University of Cambridge gave her the courage to take risks and embrace failure.

Shoestring introduces starter solutions

Wednesday 13 December 2023

The Shoestring Digital Manufacturing initiative has taken its first steps into commercialisation with a suite of starter solutions, helping more companies tackle the digital transformation.

Open Innovation Pitching Event winners announced

Tuesday 12 December 2023

The Open Innovation Forum met in Munich on 28-29 November and heard pitches from innovative companies seeking to change the food, drinks and FMCG sectors for the better.

The Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and Innovation expands

Monday 11 December 2023

Since early October, the Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and Innovaiton (UCI) has grown from three to six members, and they continue their mission to support academia in driving innovation and economic growth.

Rethinking manufacturing at the Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit

Monday 27 November 2023

The IfM recently partnered with The Manufacturer for their Manufacturing Leaders' Summit, delivering a keynote talk and a breakfast briefing at the event in Liverpool.

IfM Engage and Atos: Celebrating 10 years of excellence in professional development

Wednesday 22 November 2023

IfM Engage, Atos and Paderborn University celebrate the 10th anniversary of their collaboration in executive education this year, and Judith Shawcross reflects on the successes so far.

Empowering women in manufacturing: Highlights from the Changing Perceptions conference

Thursday 9 November 2023

The Women in Manufacturing initiative marked its debut with a pioneering conference hosted by the IfM and Innovate UK's Made Smarter Programme. The event inspired delegates to break down boundaries within the industry.

UK semiconductor study tour comes to an end

Friday 3 November 2023

The tour marks the end of a series of events during which the IfM Engage Consortium shared emerging insights from the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology study that will help shape the future of the UK semiconductor landscape.

Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium 2023

Wednesday 1 November 2023

This year's Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium took place under the banner of 'Architecting New Design Rules for Global Supply Chains in a Changing Geopolitical Landscape' on 21-22 September.

Advancing supply chain resilience: Insights from Jag Srai and global experts at the World Economic Forum's Global Future Councils 2023

Wednesday 25 October 2023

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai reflects on takeaways from the session titled 'Trade in the Fourth Industrial Revolution' at the recent World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils.

It’s high time for alliances to ensure supply chain security, researchers urge

Thursday 19 October 2023

An international team of researchers, including from the IfM, are calling on government agencies and national banks to support an effort to map the billions of connections in the global supply network which could reduce tax evasion. 

Meet Joseph Mambwe - Founder of the GymStreak App

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Joseph Mambwe completed the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) in 2015 and has gone on to build an impressive career in app creation. In our conversation, he reflects on his achievements so far and offers advice to budding entrepreneurs. 

The Regenerative Laboratory: A new era in manufacturing

Friday 13 October 2023

The Centre for Industrial Sustainability launches the Regenerative Laboratory and seeks collaborators. 

Professor Bill O’Neill elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Thursday 12 October 2023

Professor Bill O'Neill has been elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Shoestring expands into Egypt

Wednesday 11 October 2023

Supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Shoestring Digital Mannufacturing is launching a scoping study in Egypt. 

Competition challenges students and researchers to communicate impact ideas in three minutes

Monday 25 September 2023

IfM PhD student Ali Niazi was one of a number of science enthusiasts gathered at the Department of Engineering this summer to pitch their innovative ideas to an audience, including a panel of judges, in just three minutes. 

Women in Manufacturing: Changing Perceptions

Wednesday 13 September 2023

Led by IfM and Innovate UK's Made Smarter Innovation programme, the Women in Manufacturing initiative's Changing Perceptions conference aims to improve gender representation in the manufacturing sector.

Semiconductor study results to be disseminated across UK

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Emerging findings from a government commissioned UK semiconductor study will be shared by IfM Engage consortium in six locations around the UK.

£1 million EPSRC funding paves the way for advanced carbon nanotube processing

Monday 4 September 2023

A grant of £1 million has been awarded to a team of researchers, including the IfM's NanoManufacturing group, to propel the advancement of carbon nanotube processing.

New report from IfM's Decision-Making for Emerging Technologies Group explores the integration of social and digital decision-making processes

Thursday 27 July 2023

A new report from DM-ET explores the integration of human and digital decision-making processes.

How to introduce quantum computing without slowing economic growth

Monday 24 July 2023

Following on from an article featured in Nature, we speak to IfM's Professor Chander Velu about the potential impact of quantum computing on growth and productivity.


IfM welcomes global delegates for EINST4INE summer school on digital transformation

Sunday 23 July 2023

The IfM has hosted the EINST4INE summer school, bringing together leading academics, young scholars and industry professionals for a week-long event focused on digital innovation.

IfM postdoc awarded Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Thursday 20 July 2023

Lefan Wang, from the IfM's Computer Aided Manufacturing Group has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for her research project on foot biomechanics.

Open Innovation Forum food sector competition held in the Netherlands

Wednesday 12 July 2023

The Open Innovation Forum met in Wageningen in early July and heard pitches from innovative companies seeking to change the food, drinks and FMCG sectors for the better.

Can food companies measure sustainability better?

Tuesday 11 July 2023

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, IfM researchers explain how food companies can better measure their sustainabiity. 


IfM PhD student awarded IET Postgraduate Scholarship and RAEng Enterprise Fellowship

Wednesday 28 June 2023

Douglas Brion from the Computer-Aided Manufacturing Group has been awarded two prestigious awards for his PhD research and startup, Matta.

International Women in Engineering Day at the IfM

Thursday 22 June 2023

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day, 23 June, we present some of the inspiring women who work at the IfM.

Women in Manufacturing events create a buzz at Manufacturing and Engineering Week

Friday 16 June 2023

A series of Women in Manufacturing events, led by IfM Engage, attracted much attention at M and E Week in Birmingham earlier this month.

IfM Knowledge Partners at UK's largest manufacturing event

Tuesday 13 June 2023

The IfM were on hand at M and E Week 2023 to provide expertise on the latest research and insights into digital and sustainability challenges. 

MET Design Show 2023

Monday 12 June 2023

This year’s MET Design Show on 7th June saw an impressive array of creative student inventions on display. 

IfM Review Issue 14: All in Manufacturing Now

Monday 5 June 2023

Issue 14 of the IfM Review is now available both in print and online. 

First-year PhD students share their research

Friday 26 May 2023

The annual first-year PhD conference took place this week at the IfM, where our newest researchers presented their research to their peers.

Funding success: Manufacturing in the metaverse

Thursday 25 May 2023

An IfM project to explore the application and potential benefits of a metaverse in manufacturing has received funding from InterAct. 

IfM Roadmapping for Mental Health

Friday 12 May 2023

Experts from the IfM have contributed to a new paper in The Lancet Psychiatry which sets out concrete solutions to prevent premature mortality from mental illness and distress.

IfM Engage consortium commissioned by UK government to help boost semiconductor sector

Friday 28 April 2023

IfM Engage consortium has been commissioned by the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT) to undertake a study into infrastructure to grow the UK semiconductor industry.

Innovation management methods identify how to address root causes of depression in young people

Sunday 23 April 2023

IfM practitioners have contributed to the report Changing Minds, Changing Lives which proposes innovative, evidence-based approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat depression in young people.

IfM's Supply Chain AI Lab at AI UK 2023

Friday 21 April 2023

The Supply Chain AI Lab (SCAIL) recently participated at AI UK 2023 in London with a demo of an innovative supply system which aims to significantly lower emissions from delivery vehicles.

New study for the Government Office for Science explores opportunities for UK modern industrial biotech

Tuesday 28 March 2023

A new study commissioned by the Government Office for Science (GOS) to map and characterise the UK non-human health life science sector, has been published by Cambridge Industrial Innovation Policy. 

UK Innovation Report 2023 published by Cambridge Industrial Innovation Policy

Friday 24 March 2023

A new report highlights key trends across UK industry, explores the country's productivity and global industrial performance, and asks whether enough is being invested in R&D.

Cambridge Festival competition winners announced

Friday 24 March 2023

We received many imaginative entries to our competition during the Cambridge Festival at the IfM and the winners have now been announced.

Manufacturing fun at the Cambridge Festival

Wednesday 22 March 2023

On Saturday 18th March, the IfM hosted its most well-attended Cambridge Festival event since Covid-19 and attracted at least 500 visitors of all ages to come learn about and play with engineering.

IfM ‘Brain in a Box’ to feature at the Cambridge Festival

Thursday 16 March 2023

On Saturday 18th March, the IfM opens its doors for the 2023 Cambridge Festival. Among this year’s activities is a demonstration of research from the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing (FIAM) group, featuring a jelly brain in a box!

From the Factory Floor to Davos

Friday 17 February 2023

Three PhD students from the IfM Elisa Roth, Mirko Moencks, Jessica Horn along with their supervisor Thomas Bohné (Head of the Cyber-Human Lab at IfM) successfully facilitated a public live session at the recent World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Women in Manufacturing initiative launched

Thursday 9 February 2023

To encourage more diversity and inclusivity in the sector, a network of academics, practitioners, and professionals working in the field of manufacturing have come together to establish the Women in Manufacturing initiative.

IfM’s sustainability card game inspires Berry Global’s to save 100 Million KWh per year

Thursday 19 January 2023

The card game, developed by the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, helped the company’s leaders to drive a global program that is saving over 100,000,000 KWh every year.

The Worshipful Company of Engineers’ visit to the Department of Engineering

Monday 9 January 2023

The Worshipful Company of Engineers' recently paid a visit to the Department of Engineering including the IfM. 

IfM Postdoctoral awards 2022

Monday 19 December 2022

The IfM Postdoctoral awards were established in 2019 in recognition of the vital role postdocs play in driving research and innovation, delivering teaching, and contributing to the academic community.

Improving indoor air quality with TwinAir

Monday 12 December 2022

The IfM will contribute to a new project to improve indoor air quality and health, 

developing virtual sensors and combining physical models, 3D building models, and hardware sensor data to estimate pollutants.

Entrepreneurs pitch solutions for OI Forum’s annual food sector competition

Monday 5 December 2022

Entrepreneurs from around the world took part in the 11th Open Innovation (OI) Forum’s annual Food, Drink and FMCG competition to pitch solutions to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

New films highlight extraordinary impact of partnership between IfM and local hospitals during COVID-19

Thursday 24 November 2022

A new series of films tell the story of how the IfM, Cambridge University Hospitals and Royal Papworth Hospital collaborated during the COVID-19 crisis – and how they built a foundation for the future.

IfM at Digital Manufacturing Week 2022

Tuesday 22 November 2022

Masterclasses, thought leadership and live demonstrations were all part of an extensive IfM contribution to the flagship Digital Manufacturing Week event.

Quantum technology in the UK: New white paper examines challenges for commercialisation

Wednesday 16 November 2022

The report finds that the UK is well placed to translate leading research on quantum science and engineering into increased productivity, and offers recommendations for driving adoption and economic growth.

Putting the user at the centre: the future of digital health apps

Thursday 1 September 2022

Eighty per cent of mobile health apps fail to deliver their intended impact. Second year IfM PhD student Devmalya Sarkar tells us why he wants to help firms change this.


Algorithm helps to correct 3D printing errors

Friday 29 July 2022

Dr. Sebastian Pattinson and Douglas Brion of the IfM’s Complex Additive Materials Group have developed a machine learning algorithm that can detect and correct a wide variety of different errors in real time.

Latest IfM Review out now

Thursday 9 June 2022

Issue 13 of the IfM Review is now available. This edition explains just how much the IfM approach applies to healthcare, as well as including all the latest exciting work from across the institute, spanning our technology, management and policy activities.

IfM students and staff awarded ‘Covid Stars’ for efforts during pandemic

Wednesday 25 May 2022

In recognition of working with Addenbrooke’s and Papworth hospitals during the pandemic, Cambridge University Hospitals have awarded 31 ‘Covid stars’ to IfM staff and students. 

IfM embarks on new collaboration to revolutionize multi-tier supply chain risk sensing

Friday 22 April 2022

The IfM is collaborating with technology company Enspan, AML Sheffield and Manufacturing Technology Centre and industry partners to help UK manufacturers address the challenges of supply chain risk prediction.

New report explores the benefits of digital twins in the satellite industry

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Dr Veronica Martinez and Nicolai Huss map out the benefits of digital twin-based satellite services as well as the barriers that need to be overcome in a new executive briefing.

IfM Postdoctoral Awards 2021

Friday 28 January 2022

We would like to congratulate our 2021 IfM Postdoctoral Award winners for their excellent contributions to research, teaching and academic citizenship.

World Economic Forum paper provides strategies to unlock business model innovation through advanced manufacturing

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai - along with members of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains - has published a new paper looking at business model innovation opportunities for manufacturing companies.


Cyber-Human-Lab and World Economic Forum paper outlines opportunities for human-centric transformation of manufacturing

Tuesday 18 January 2022

A White Paper authored by members of the IfM’s Cyber-Human Lab team on how the fourth industrial revolution is transforming the relationship between technology and human beings has been published by the World Economic Forum.

OI Forum’s annual competition for food sector showcases innovative solutions to support SDGs

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Entrepreneurs from around the world took part in the 10th Open Innovation (OI) Forum’s annual Food, Drink and FMCG competition to pitch solutions to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IfM makes an impact at Digital Manufacturing Week

Tuesday 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 SMEs

Monday 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 Awards

Friday 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 people

Tuesday 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 printers

Friday 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 manufacturing

Tuesday 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 Prize

Wednesday 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 Peterborough

Wednesday 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 winners

Tuesday 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.

25 Years of DIAL

Friday 30 April 2021

DIAL started out as the Manufacturing Automation & Control Systems Group (MACSG) in late 1995 with three people...

IfM awarded for COVID-19 response at Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

Friday 16 April 2021

The institute’s work on hospital logistics, PPE delivery and the development of a ventilator sharing device was recognised.

New study to help inform the development of innovation hubs

Wednesday 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 Felixstowe

Tuesday 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.

IfM Postdoctoral Awards 2020

Monday 11 January 2021

The IfM Postdoctoral Awards recognise the excellent contributions of postdocs to research, teaching and academic citizenship.

Record number of pitches at OI Forum’s annual competition for food sector innovation

Thursday 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 testing

Wednesday 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 innovation

Tuesday 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 productivity

Wednesday 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 work

Monday 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 Malawi

Sunday 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 2020

Thursday 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.

IfM awarded Green Impact Platinum Award

Tuesday 4 August 2020

We are proud to announce that the IfM has been awarded a Green Impact Platinum Award from the University’s environmental accreditation scheme.

New ventilator sharing device being tested by Institute for Manufacturing engineers and Royal Papworth anaesthetists

Wednesday 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 Innovation

Thursday 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 CIIP

Tuesday 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 vehicles

Thursday 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 Jordan

Tuesday 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 work

Friday 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 IP

Wednesday 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 testing

Friday 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-19

Wednesday 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.

Applications open for WE Lead Food Programme 2020

Wednesday 22 April 2020

WE Lead Food, a programme for women driving change and sustainability in the food sector, is looking for participants for the 2020 programme, beginning in October in Cambridge.

Dr Sebastian Pattison receives funding to develop bespoke 3D printed support braces

Tuesday 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 care

Tuesday 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 equipment

Thursday 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 innovation

Thursday 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 help

Tuesday 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 Punjab

Friday 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 Cambridge

Monday 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 manufacturing

Friday 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 sector

Monday 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 visualisation

Thursday 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. 

How to hack food challenges

Thursday 9 January 2020

IfM researchers are leading a pioneering project to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the food sector. A series of 'MAKEathon' events is drawing on the hackathon model to address food industry challenges.

Exploring AI and Big Data for the food sector

Tuesday 7 January 2020

A recent meeting of the Open Innovation Forum brought together companies from across the food sector to consider the potential impact of AI and Big Data. Watch the highlights in this short video.

IfM researchers create miniature winter landscape with lasers and inkjet printing

Thursday 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 Year

Wednesday 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 event

Tuesday 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 keynote

Monday 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.

IfM speakers tackle digitalisation strategies

Friday 29 November 2019

The IfM Briefing on 'Strategic approaches to digitalisation', held in Liverpool on 12th November, explored how manufacturing companies can use new technologies to underpin their business strategy.

Sustainable Value Innovation course held in Norway

Friday 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 Minshall

Monday 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 digitalisation

Monday 11 November 2019

Issue 11 of IfM Review considers how digitalisation is changing manufacturing and how organisations can best develop strategies to respond.

Highlighting innovation in sustainable irrigation

Thursday 7 November 2019

The Innovate Irrigation Challenge, launched this year by AB Sugar in partnership with the IfM and WaterAid, has announced the competition winners.

H2020 TRUST - Twinning for Industrial Sustainability

Friday 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 Awards

Friday 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 Teece

Wednesday 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 technology

Tuesday 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 capabilities

Monday 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 humans

Friday 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 say

Thursday 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 sustainability

Thursday 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.

Steve Evans elected to Academia Europaea

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research of the IfM’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability, has been elected to the prestigious Academia Europaea in its 2019 awards.  

Cambridge to host international summit for young leaders, with IfM researcher on organising committee

Monday 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.

IfM Review Issue 10: Capturing value

Monday 15 July 2019

Issue 10 of IfM Review features work across the IfM, including policy, sustainability, ecommerce, inkjet in advanced manufacturing, intellectual property, and more, with a connecting theme of 'capturing value'.

Policy Links delivers report on Industry 4.0 security at GMIS

Thursday 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 Protifarm

Tuesday 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.

Roadmapping in Milan

Tuesday 9 July 2019

The Institute for Manufacturing recently co-hosted an event 'A roadmap to create effective strategic and innovation plans' in Milan, Italy.

Podcast: Problem Solvers episode 1 - Sustainability in the food industry

Friday 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 Briefing

Thursday 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 skills

Monday 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 Day

Thursday 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 action

Wednesday 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 value

Wednesday 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 innovations

Friday 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 event

Friday 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 rail

Wednesday 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 Systems

Thursday 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 ceremony

Wednesday 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&D

Tuesday 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 manufacturers

Monday 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 engine

Monday 15 April 2019

‘Pulsar’ engine was designed and constructed from scratch by Cambridge University Spaceflight (CUSF) students from the Engineering department.

John Reddaway – an appreciation

Tuesday 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, Japan

Monday 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 Security

Wednesday 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.

The Cambridge Science Festival at IfM

Tuesday 26 March 2019

We threw open our doors once again this year for an exciting afternoon for families, with robots, lasers, microscopes and virtual reality.

Helping to celebrate regional entrepreneurship

Thursday 21 March 2019

Tim Minshall provided an enthusiastic keynote at the Business Weekly Awards, celebrating Cambridge's 3Cs - creativity, collaboration and change.

Vice-Chancellor's visit to the IfM

Tuesday 19 March 2019

A tour of the IfM included a visit to our robot lab, photonics, and a chance to try out our virtual reality gear.

Kate Willsher wins Whitehall Industry Group leadership award

Tuesday 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.


IfM hosts final Science2Society event

Monday 25 February 2019

The Future of Open Innovation Practices Day was hosted by the IfM in Cambridge on 13th February, as the culmination of the EC-funded project Science2Society.

Upcycled Toy Design received Best Creative Business Award at Bangkok Design Week 2019

Monday 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.

Professor Steve Evans in Ciencia del Sur

Monday 18 February 2019

Scientists Should Spend Time in Industries, Learn Their Problems

HVMC's Sam Turner joins IfM's Distinguished Speakers series

Thursday 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 award

Monday 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 perspective

Friday 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 report

Wednesday 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 research

Wednesday 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 Economy

Tuesday 27 November 2018

 Book now for the Leverhulme Trust Lecture by Professor Ove Granstrand on 6th December.

Thought-leadership at the UK's biggest manufacturing conference

Thursday 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 difference

Monday 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 faster

Monday 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.

Cambridge Service Alliance Industry Day 2018

Tuesday 30 October 2018

The Cambridge Service Alliance Industry Day considered the question 'Disruptor or Disrupted?' as its theme, looking at the next generation of digital technologies and the impact on service delivery. 

CIM Symposium 2018: The impact of advanced technologies on supply chains

Monday 15 October 2018

A packed programme at the 22nd Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium featured keynote talks from senior executives and thought leaders.

The Future of Manufacturing Futures

Monday 30 July 2018

IfM co-hosts roundtable for international experts on manufacturing foresight and policy analysis.

Advancing policymakers understanding of regional innovation funding

Friday 27 July 2018

CSTI brings together policymakers and researchers to explore ‘place-based’ funding programmes.

New Partnership Between IfM and EEF

Wednesday 20 June 2018

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between IfM Education and Consultancy Services and EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

IfM Design Show 2018: Inventive undergraduate product prototypes

Wednesday 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 Day

Friday 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.


IfM wins 2018 EFMD Excellence in Practice Award

Wednesday 16 May 2018

The IfM's Executive and Professional Education programme has won the prestigious EFMD Silver Award for its learning partnership with Atos and Paderborn University.

'How Stuff Gets Made' - IfM and Faculty of Education deliver outreach days in primary schools

Tuesday 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 sector

Monday 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 Things

Friday 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 competition

Wednesday 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 meeting

Wednesday 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 award

Wednesday 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 agriculture

Friday 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 Forum

Monday 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 revolution

Thursday 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.

The alumni interviews: Andrew Hawes

Wednesday 3 January 2018

Newton Director Andrew Hawes shares some of the secrets behind his life-business success and some fond memories from his time at Cambridge.

PhD Spotlight: Katjana Lange

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Katjana Lange is developing novel techniques for ultrafast machining of high temperature superconductor nanostructures at the Centre for Industrial Photonics. 

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