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Introduction to Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Institute for Manufacturing
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2 days
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Course description

Introduction to Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

The roles of innovation policies are being reassessed worldwide as countries increase their efforts to create high-paying jobs, improve productivity and re balance their economies.

This reassessment is juxtaposed against the backdrop of a new global industrial context brought about by changes in consumer demands as well as the emergence of technological innovations that have the potential to transform manufacturing as we know it. Currently, an increase in the use of digital technologies in the industry is behind what some are calling a 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'.

At the same time, a growing middle class is demanding more manufactured goods. However, this is a problem because natural resources are dwindling and climate change is showing its effects more with every year. Manufacturers today must learn to make more with less.

The new global industrial context is wrought with challenges, but offers new opportunities for countries and firms around the world. For years now, global redistribution of the industrial value added and employment has been taking place. Because of this, the context of modern policy making occurs in a landscape characterised by increasing competition for those industrial activities that have the most high value capture potential.

This two-day course is based on the expertise of the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge and will give policy officials and civil servants a complete introduction to manufacturing and innovation policy.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

This two-day course is intended for manufacturing policy civil servants and agency officials

Training Course Content

Day One | Introduction To 'Industrial & Innovation Policies'

  • Introduction
  • Manufacturing 'megatrends' and the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'
  • International approaches to manufacturing and innovation policy

Day Two | From Theory To Practice: Implementing Industrial & Innovation Policies

  • The role of research in driving industrial innovation and growth
  • Effective policy development - an overview of international practices and implications
  • Effective policy implementation - an overview of institutional forms and approaches


The cost of this two-day course is £1 800 + VAT


This course can be adapted to suit your specific needs, and may also be tailored to apply to people at different levels of policy making - from new starters to senior professionals. Please get in touch with IfM for further information about the course, or to discuss the ways in which they can help you.

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The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is part of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering. It brings together expertise in management, technology and policy to address the full spectrum of issues which can help industry and governments create sustainable economic growth. World...

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This was a really worthwhile course which provided real data and allowed policy makers time to consider their implications. The ability to debate and share knowledge was really beneficial
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