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IfM Briefing Day - Manufacturing a better world

Thursday 17 May 2018, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge

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Programme 2018

PROGRAMME - 17 May 2018

This is a draft agenda which is subject to change


Arrival and refreshments

10:30 Introduction
Professor Tim Minshall
Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation & Head of the Institute for Manufacturing

Hear about how the IfM is working towards 'Manufacturing a Better World' with examples of our cutting-edge research and inspiring real-life applications to industry and government.

10:45   Spotlight on…

This session will look at three cross-cutting areas of research at the IfM:


Understanding Digital Developments in Manufacturing - an IFM approach
Professor Duncan McFarlane
Head, Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory

Digitalisation of supply chains – example applications in healthcare
Dr Jag Srai, Head, Centre for International Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing - example applications in healthcare
Professor Bill O'Neill
Head, Centre for Industrial Photonics

Digitalisation of manufacturing: skills issues 
Professor Tim Minshall
Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation & Head of the Institute for Manufacturing

11:30 Panel session: Manufacturing a Better World

Chaired by Tim Minshall, panellists include:

Professor Steve Evans, Director, Centre for Industrial Sustainability

Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations

Clare PorterHead of Manufacturing: Advanced Manufacturing Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jon-Paul SherlockDirector, Manufacturing Technology, AstraZeneca

12:15   Exhibition and networking

Lunch and refreshment stations located throughout

13:30 Workshops/interactive sessions

Parallel sessions, including:

Skills for our future – Keeping pace with digitalisation
Judith Shawcross, Head, Executive and Professional Development

Building UK manufacturing capabilities: Insights from international policy experience
Dr Michele Palladino, Policy Links Unit and Clare Porter, BEIS

Map your business ecosystem to see opportunities and gaps in your service strategy
Dr Florian Urmetzer, Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Service Alliance

Innovating Value – Learn to find the hidden opportunities that can create sustainable value for your business and stakeholders
Professor Steve Evans and Ian Bamford, Centre for Industrial Sustainability

The digital transformation of medicines manufacturing
Andrew Gill, Principal Industrial Fellow, IfM ECS
Ben Sheridan, Market Development Manager, BSI Group

Please click here for full details about these sessions


Refreshments available


IfM Digital Manufacturing Tour

During the afternoon we will also be running the IfM Digital Manufacturing Tour, led by Dr Alexandra Brintrup and Dr Ronan Daly. This is an interactive session which you will be able to sign up for on the day.


Reception drinks and networking








IfM Briefing Day

Cutting-edge manufacturing research and its implications for your organisation

The IfM Briefing Day provides an opportunity for attendees to hear about the latest manufacturing research being developed at the University of Cambridge, and to consider how practical applications of this research can support your work. It also provides a space for people from large manufacturing organisations, government departments and institutions and academia to network and share experiences.

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