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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