Professor Tim Minshall appointed Head of the Institute for Manufacturing

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Professor Tim Minshall, the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation, has become the new Head of the IfM, taking over from Professor Andy Neely.

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

Wednesday 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.

Roadmapping UK physics future

Wednesday 7 June 2017

The UK’s Institute of Physics has engaged the roadmapping expertise of IfM ECS to support IOP Members to deliver transformational changes for society.

Strategic Intellectual Property Forum continues engagement

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Industry experts at the forefront of software IP management presented at the latest Strategic Intellectual Property Forum.

Being open about IP

Monday 15 May 2017

In an article written for The Conversation, Dr Frank Tietze, describes how open intellectual property (IP) can contribute to society by accelerating the uptake of sustainable technologies and systems.

Roadmapping a better future

Friday 12 May 2017

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) has helped more than 300 public and private sector organisations with their strategic and technology innovation planning through the powerful technique of roadmapping.

Guiding industrial diversification in Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday 22 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.

Strategic roadmapping - take control in times of uncertainty

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager (Innovation and Technology Management) at IfM Education and Consultancy Services, provides some insights into staying on the front-foot in a complex and rapidly-shifting political and technological landscape.

Patent applications surge in China

Thursday 16 March 2017

IfM intellectual property (IP) expert Dr Frank Tietze discussed the strategy behind China's recent surge in patent filing in the Financial Times today.

Cambridge Service Alliance deputy director appointment

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Dr Mohamed Zaki has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance (CSA).

Integrating roadmapping into whole of company strategy planning

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Global heavy industry manufacturer IHI Corporation is benefitting from better goal alignment and increased dialogue across departments within the company as a result of integrating roadmapping into its business planning strategy.

Innovative food technology start-up wins Open Innovation Food and FMCG Pitching Event

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Start-up Nuritas, which uses artificial intelligence and DNA analysis to create health-benefiting ingredients has won the 5th Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event held in London on 23 November at Food Matters Live.

Food & FMCG giants are looking for innovators to pitch them new ideas

Thursday 22 September 2016

Senior leaders from major food and FMCG firms, part of the Open Innovation (OI) Forum, are holding a pitching event on 23 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.

IfM hosts biggest ever R&D Management Conference

Tuesday 26 July 2016

The 2016 annual R&D Management Conference was hosted in Cambridge by CTM between 3 and 6 July, with more than 450 delegates from 35 countries.

Autumn courses, conferences and events - What's new at the IfM - July

Thursday 14 July 2016

September is just around the corner – and at the IfM this marks the start of a busy season packed with courses, conferences and events for our industrial and academic delegates.

IfM hosts biggest ever R&D Management Conference

Thursday 14 July 2016

The annual R&D Management Conference was held in Cambridge between 3 and 6 July, with more than 450 delegates from 30 countries.

Getting to grips with IP

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Intellectual property (IP) is clearly fundamental to technology-based companies but Dr Frank Tietze from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management thinks that many firms can benefit from taking a more strategic approach to IP management.

Bridging the gap - How to create business tools and processes that really work

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Dr Imoh Ilevbare, Product Manager for IfM Education and Consultancy Services, describes the IfM’s approach to developing business tools and processes from cutting-edge research.

Make the most of your IP - register for the next Strategic Intellectual Property Forum

Friday 13 May 2016

The third Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, a half-day seminar designed to help companies better understand innovation and IP management, will take place on 24 May at the IfM.

Patently not obvious

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Frank Tietze knows more than most about IP and hopes to help Cambridge and the UK do a lot better in the global IP charts.

Roadmapping at BASF

Friday 8 April 2016

How BASF’s experiences are shared by many of the companies taking part in a research project run by the IfM’s Strategic Technology and Innovation Management Consortium.

The Newsletter of the Centre for Technology Management - March 2016

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Read the March issue of the Centre for Technology Management Newsletter.

Science festival 2016 at the IfM

Sunday 20 March 2016

More than 1000 visitors of all ages visited the IfM on Saturday 19 March for the annual Cambridge Science Festival.

Record attendance expected for the R&D Management Conference and PhD Colloquium

Thursday 3 March 2016

Preparations are in full swing for a record attendance at this year’s R&D Management Conference, hosted by the Centre for Technology Management at Churchill College.

Reducing the risk of failure in new product development

Tuesday 1 March 2016

New Practice Guide examines the front end of innovation and considers how this can be organised using formal processes to avoid such failures in innovation processes, and to improve the success of the innovation pipeline.

Opportunities and Challenges in Additive Manufacturing

Monday 8 February 2016

Dr Tim Minshall who leads the bit-by-bit project at the IfM explains why Additive Manufacturing (or 3D Printing) could have huge application in sectors from cars to space stations.

Lean and agile strategies key to outsmart the competition

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Dr Rob Phaal from the Centre for Technology Management at the IfM in this short video makes the case for lean and agile strategy as a source of competitive advantage.

Additive manufacturing: understanding the bigger picture

Monday 21 December 2015

Governments around the world have high hopes for Additive Manufacturing (AM) – also widely referred to as ‘3D printing’. But if it is to have the economic impact they are looking for, there needs to be a better understanding of both the huge opportunities AM presents as well as the barriers that may prevent it realising its potential.

Make the most of your intellectual property - register for the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum at the IfM on December 8th

Monday 30 November 2015

The IfM has joined forces with Cambridge-based intellectual property firm Avidity IP to start the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum.

Open Innovation Food and FMCG Pitching Event winners announced

Wednesday 25 November 2015

On Tuesday 17 November, 18 innovators pitched their new ideas for food-related products and services to members of the Open Innovation Forum – a group of senior executives from major food and FMCG firms, such as Mars, Unilever, General Mills, Tate & Lyle, Tesco and Crown Packaging.

The Newsletter of the Centre for Technology Management - November 2015

Sunday 1 November 2015

Read the November issue of the Centre for Technology Management Newsletter.

50 years of manufacturing at Cambridge

Monday 26 October 2015

2015 is an important year for the IfM. This October sees the 50th annual intake of students on its MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management. This was a pioneering course when it was first conceived and its twenty-first century graduates are more sought after than ever. October 2015 is also when Professor Sir Mike Gregory retires after 20 years leading manufacturing research, education and practice at the University of Cambridge and we welcome his successor, Professor Andy Neely.

Strategic technology and innovation management consortium programme 2016

Tuesday 29 September 2015

The 2016 programme launch meeting will be hosted in Cambridge on Wednesday 18 November, providing interested companies with an opportunity to shape the programme for next year.

Growth through effective innovation & technology

Friday 25 September 2015

Innovation is key to growth – but how do you manage it efficiently and how do you go about deciding what new product or process to invest in?

Polish scientists learn about innovation and technology management at the IfM

Friday 18 September 2015

75 Polish scientists have spent their summer in Cambridge, learning how to manage collaborative research projects and bring high-technology products to market. 

Understanding strategic decisions in technology development projects

Monday 27 July 2015

The Centre for Technology Management have launched a research study to better understand strategic decisions that need to be taken in the different stages of technology development projects.

Can you help Mars, PepsiCo and Heineken find innovative solutions to their business challenges?

Wednesday 1 July 2015

Pitch your ideas and products to senior leaders from major food and FMCG firms at the 4th Food & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event on 17 November at Food Matters Live, ExCel, London.

IfM to hold first Strategic Intellectual Property Forum

Monday 29 June 2015

The Institute for Manufacturing is launching the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum (SIPF) to support companies in using their IP when making strategic decisions. The Forum's first event will be held on Tuesday 7 July.

Call for Evidence: development of UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing/3D printing

Friday 12 June 2015

Researchers from the Institute for Manufacturing are helping to run a nationwide Call for Evidence to support the development of a UK national strategy for additive manufacturing/3D printing (AM-3DP). 

IfM Briefing Day 2015

Friday 15 May 2015

On 14 May, the IfM held its annual Briefing Day – attended by more than 150 senior industrialists and policymakers who heard about the IfM’s latest research and the work it is doing with industry and government.

IfM project will define research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing

Friday 17 April 2015

The Bit by Bit research team has launched a new project to explore the interrelationships between 3D printing/additive manufacturing and re-distributed manufacturing.

Management tools and toolkits: the good, the bad and the ugly

Thursday 2 April 2015

Dr Clive Kerr and Dr Rob Phaal from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM) are looking at better ways to design and use management tools and toolkits.

Manufacturing Zone at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival

Monday 23 March 2015

We had a great day yesterday at the Manufacturing Zone at the Institute for Manufacturing organised as part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival.

Quantum technologies roadmap

Sunday 1 March 2015

Quantum technology has been identified by the UK Government as having the potential to deliver significant benefits to the UK economy.

Communicating Technology Intelligence

Tuesday 20 January 2015

This Practice Guide examines some of the barriers to effective Technology Intelligence communication and explores the ways in which intelligence can be better communicated and hence transferred to decision-makers.

Podcast - What is 3D printing? Dr Tim Minshall

Thursday 25 September 2014

With news of 3D printed cars, houses and even food, is this the future of manufacturing? The Naked Scientists take a closer look at the workings of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, and what this might mean for our collective futures. Tim Minshall took Kat Arney through the basics.

Open Innovation Forum hosted by Mars at 'The Biggest Chocolate Factory in the World'

Tuesday 8 July 2014

More than 30 innovation leaders from major companies were hosted by Mars in Veghel, Netherlands for the June 2014 meeting of the Open Innovation Forum in the Food and FMCG Value Chain.

NASA executive with US energy and aerospace sector expertise joins ECS

Monday 30 June 2014

John Saiz, a NASA executive and formerly Chief Technology Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, has joined IfM Education and Consultancy Services. 

New Open Innovation Forum in Health is launched

Friday 30 May 2014

The Open Innovation Forum in Health was launched with a full-day workshop at the IfM looking at open innovation (OI) skills and trends and drivers in the health sector.

Outstanding Paper award for IfM article on start-ups in emerging industries

Friday 16 May 2014

An article by IfM authors on manufacturing start-ups in emerging industries has been chosen as the 2014 Outstanding Paper winner by the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.

Engineering in a connected world: Tim Minshall at TEDxCambridge

Thursday 10 April 2014

What does it mean to be an engineer, and how might we all draw on our inner-engineer to change the world we live in?

3D printing: The shape of things to come?

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Dr Simon Ford, from IfM’s Centre for Technology Management, explains why we need to take a clear-eyed view of this much hyped technology if it is to realise its potential.

The importance of open innovation in the FMCG sector

Friday 1 November 2013

In a sector characterised by the need to reduce time to market and find new ideas to generate new products, firms are constantly searching for ideas and innovations that will give them a competitive edge. Open innovation can facilitate this process.

Digital fabrication - getting behind the hype

Wednesday 31 July 2013

The reality and the potential of digital fabrication for the UK economy will be examined in a new research project by the Centre for Technology Management's Technology Enterprise Group, funded by the ESRC and EPSRC.

Technology roadmap research project helps United Nations tackle climate change

Thursday 9 May 2013

CTM, in collaboration with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, was commissioned by the United Nations to research how technology roadmapping could help tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Excellence in Teaching Award for Tim Minshall

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Dr Tim Minshall, Senior Lecturer in Technology Management, has won a Royal Academy of Engineering ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award.

New briefing on business models to help adoption of sustainable technologies

Thursday 7 March 2013

A new briefing on how innovative sustainable technologies can be spread to make an impact on global warming and resource scarcity has been released.

Getting ship shape: IfM develops a fleet management tool for the Royal Navy

Thursday 15 November 2012

Researchers Clive Kerr and Simon Ford from the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management have developed a software tool to help the Royal Navy manage its fleet of Type 23 frigates.

New Cambridge Technopole Report published

Friday 1 February 2008

The Spring 2008 issue of the Cambridge Technopole Report has just been published by St Johns Innovation Centre with support from the Cambridge Network and the Institute for Manufacturing.

Daylight Saving in GB; Is there evidence in favour of clock time on GMT?

Thursday 4 October 2007

Turning the clocks back each autumn has generated millions of tonnes of carbon emissions as well as increasing electricity costs during GMT months.

Cambridge University groups join forces to help budding entrepreneurs

Wednesday 5 September 2007

Sixteen Cambridge University groups involved in the support of enterprise and innovation are working together to improve support for would-be entrepreneurs.



Successful innovation in an uncertain world: Recognising and exploiting opportunities

Tuesday 4 September 2007

The Centre for Technology Management's (CTM) annual two day Symposium will explore the theme of “Successful innovation in an uncertain world: Recognising and exploiting opportunities”.

IfM lecturer presents report findings at the 8th Cambridge Enterprise Conference

Monday 3 September 2007

IfM lecturer Dr Tim Minshall presented the findings of a report he co-authored examining the impact of government policy on technology commercialisation since the 1960s at the 8th annual Cambridge Enterprise Conference.

Helping companies keep track of the latest technological developments

Friday 1 June 2007

Companies need to keep abreast of the latest technical developments in their field if they are to seize new business opportunities and avoid being overtaken by competitors.

April's IfM briefing explores the importance of Technology Intelligence systems in keeping track of the latest technological developments

Tuesday 3 April 2007

April's IfM briefing explores the importance of Technology Intelligence (TI) systems in keeping ahead of competitors. Companies need to be aware of the latest technological innovations if they are to exploit new business opportunities and avoid potential threats.

IfM course investigates technology & innovation management

Monday 2 April 2007

The Centre for Technology Management (CTM) held its second executive training course in March on Technology and Innovation Management.

Unilever and IfM announce new research project

Thursday 1 February 2007

Unilever and the IfM today announced the launch of a new research project to explore how companies can successfully implement a radical approach to collaboration in the research and development process, known as 'open innovation'.

Funding technology: Britain forty years on

Thursday 4 January 2007

With increasing competition from emerging economies, such as India and China, the UK is being urged to address the issue of commercialising new technologies to support sustainable economic growth.

Centre for Technology Management paper investigates environmental effects of abandoning Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Wednesday 3 January 2007

Centre for Technology Management researcher, Dr Garnsey, has lead a position paper investigating the environmental effects of discarding GMT and bringing the UK inline with central Europe.

IfM briefing launched

Monday 4 December 2006

IfM briefing, a new publication discussing current issues in manufacturing and industrial innovation.

Centre for Technology Management support Shell "opportunities for innovations" study 2006

Tuesday 3 October 2006

"The business opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) in tackling the causes of climate change" is a study for Shell Springboard by consultants at Vivid Economics.

12th Cambridge Technology Management Symposium announced

Tuesday 1 August 2006

This year's Cambridge Technology Management Symposium will focus on creativity, design and innovation.

First Technology and Innovation Management Course is a success

Tuesday 4 April 2006

CTM ran its first executive education course on technology and innovation management in March.

Towards 2020 Science

Monday 6 March 2006

The Centre for Technology Management joined 'Towards 2020 Science' to facilitate a workshop debating the role and future of science over the next 14 years.

Faraday Packaging Partnership 'Associate of the Year' award joint winner

Friday 28 October 2005

David Beeton of the Centre for Technology Management was recently named joint winner of the Faraday Packaging Partnership 'Associate of the Year' award.

CTM Symposium - UK Technology Strategy outlined

Tuesday 5 October 2004

10th Annual CTM Symposium at Downing College drew an impressive audience of senior technology and innovation managers from leading companies.

Software Sourcing Problems? - Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing Trials Tools for Embedded Software Sourcing Decisions

Tuesday 27 January 2004

Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is ready to trial its tools for supporting embedded software sourcing decisions.

DTI Director-General of Innovation to Speak at Cambridge Technology Management Symposium

Tuesday 16 September 2003

The DTI Director-General of Innovation to give the keynote speech at the Cambridge Technology Management Symposium.

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