Manufacturing Futures Retreat 2018

The manufacturing-related research and innovation landscape has changed significantly in the time since EPSRC set up its Manufacturing the Future (MtF) Theme in 2010. Major changes have included the creation of Innovate UK, the UK Government launching its UK Industrial Strategy, formation of the Catapults and new MtF critical mass investments (Centres for Innovative Manufacturing and Future Manufacturing Research Hubs) . Future changes that might affect the manufacturing research and innovation landscape include Brexit, Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund investments and the formation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The MtF Theme last examined the strategic landscape in its Frontier Manufacturing Retreat in July 2011. The advice and areas identified were used to direct the theme and its investments. During 2018, it was felt to be timely to repeat this exercise and examine the future strategic opportunities for supporting manufacturing research (and innovation) going forward.

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