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InterAct Conference 2022

As we embark on the next stage of our industrial evolution, digitalisation will shape the future of our economy, manufacturing ecosystem, and workplace. Digital technologies can enable us to create the future we want and move beyond consumption driven economic growth.

Our challenge is to create a future digital manufacturing ecosystem that meets our net-zero ambitions, whilst being resilient and productive. Thus, ensuring that everyone has the things that they need, at a price that they can afford, without damaging the environment or society.

To create the future digital manufacturing ecosystem we want, we need to work together. In order to combine our expertise from the broadest range of perspectives around this common goal, we need to InterAct.

Find out more about the outcomes of our first annual conference below.

How did the InterAct conference benefit attendees?

  • Gaining actionable human insights into the future manufacturing environment.
  • Networking and building relationships with cross-sector experts interested in creating a positive, forward-thinking vision for UK industry.
  • Building narrative development skills to enhance the reach of messaging in the digital environment.
  • The opportunity to take part in a collaborative workshop on the theme ‘How do we create the digital manufacturing futures we want to see, together’.
  • Engagement with a panel of highly regarded speakers from the world of manufacturing, policy, and academia during an interactive Q&A session.

Speakers

We were delighted to welcome a roster of world-leading speakers, who shared unique insights and perspectives on their areas of expertise in relation to the theme of ‘Creating the digital manufacturing future we want’.

Our speakers were drawn from a wide range of backgrounds across industry, policy, think-tanks, and academia. Together they represent a diverse collection of voices that we want to draw into the wider conversation about what it will take to build a future that delivers for everyone.

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Sean Culey

Keynote Speaker

Futurist and author


Tamim Bayoumi

Keynote Speaker

Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund


Kim Lloyd

Speaker – Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems

EMEA Director at SupplyVue


Professor John Hart

Speaker – Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT
Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity


Jason Southern

Speaker – Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems

EMEA Head of Enterprise Software & Visualisation Segments at Nvidia


Bhavina Bharkada

Speaker – Future of Work

Head of Policy and Campaigns at Make UK


Troy Barratt

Speaker – Future of Work

Managing Director at BAMUK Group Ltd


Aimee Doole

Speaker – Future of Work

Strategy, Communications & Marketing Head at Booth Welsh


Professor Philip McCann

Speaker – Future of the Economy

Chair of Urban and Regional Economics at Alliance Manchester Business School.


Lord Jim O’Neill of Gatley

Speaker – Future of the Economy

Member of House of Lords, former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs.


Katy Davies

Speaker – Future of the Economy

Managing Director at CamdenBoss Ltd


Chris Courtney

Panelist and Keynote Speaker

UKRI Challenge Director for Made Smarter Innovation


Clare Porter

Panelist

Head of Manufacturing Policy at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


Fhaheen Khan

Panelist

Senior Economist at Make UK


Professor Jan Godsell

InterAct Co-director and host

Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University


Dr. Antonia Liguori

Storytelling and critical question formulation workshop lead

Senior Lecturer in Applied Storytelling


Agenda

09:00  Arrival and coffee
09:30Welcome and objectives
09:45Keynote speakers
Tamim Bayoumi
Chris Courtney
10:15Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems
Kim Lloyd
John Hart
Jason Southern
11:00   Break
11:30Future of Work
Troy Barratt
Aimee Doole
Bhavina Bharkada
12:15Future of the Economy
Katy Davies
Lord Jim O’Neill
Professor Philip McCann
13:00Lunch
13:45Keynote speaker
Sean Culey
14:00Storytelling and critical question formulation workshop
15:00Break
15:30‘Critical questions’ panel debate
Chris Courtney
Clare Porter
Troy Barratt
Katy Davies
16:20Closing comments
17:00Storytelling screening and drinks reception
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Is your supply chain sustainable?

Sustainability in manufacturing is a hot topic. And rightly so – many manufacturers produce large amounts of waste, much of which the supply chain creates. Rather worryingly, our supply chains make up 60% of carbon emissions in the UK.

The UK government’s initiative to reach net zero by 2050, as well as the legal obligations under the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, is now well known. However, there is much, much more that can be done to reduce emissions – and digital technologies have a crucial role to play.

Click below to read more about the five best ways to promote sustainable practices within your supply chain.

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Welcome to the InterAct Network

Find out more about InterAct, our aims and how we’re helping to build a more sustainable, effective manufacturing future.

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Transform Fest 2022 – manufacturing panel discussion

InterAct Co-Director and Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics, Professor Janet Godsell, hosts a panel discussion on ‘Leading global manufacturing operations against the backdrop of a highly disrupted supply ecosystem’.

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InterAct Early Career Researcher Fellowship – FAQ webinar

Hear from InterAct Co-director, Professor Jillian MacBryde, as she answers some of the frequently asked questions around our Early Career Researcher (ECR) Fellowship.

Refer to our funding opportunities webpage to find out when the ECR Fellowship application windows are open.

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Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems – Launch Webinar

UK manufacturing supply chains have been tested to their limits by the global disruptions of recent years, from Brexit to COVID 19 and the crisis in Ukraine.

To regain competitiveness during this turbulent time, firms are urged to take stock of their supply chains and consider:
• What could the future of UK manufacturing look like? • What are the associated business models?
• How can they leverage industrial digital technologies to create a more sustainable, responsible future?

This webinar examined the results of a survey of manufacturing firms in the Midlands region and launching the ‘Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems’ project. This is a joint programme between the InterAct Network led by Professor Jan Godsell (Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University), Make UK and Midlands Engine.

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How to write better grant applications – webinar

This session, led by InterAct Co-director Professor Jan Godsell and featuring successful InterAct grant applicant Dr. Andreas Schroeder examines examples of successful applications, developing opportunities for networking/feedback, and through sharing our knowledge of navigating the administrative processes associated with funding calls.

Find out more about how you can develop better funding proposals and more effectively tie your research in to the overall aims and objectives of InterAct and Made Smarter Innovation.

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Open Funding Call – Q&A Webinar

Hear from InterAct Co-directors, Professors Jan Godsell and Jillian MacBryde, as they discuss the specifics InterAct Open Funding Call and answer numerous questions pertaining to the call.

The InterAct Open Funding Call is a single Commissioned Research call with a budget of £400,000. There will be up to eight awards, with no minimum value for a request, but the maximum that shall be awarded to any single project is £62,500 (at 100% FEC), of which 80% will be funded by InterAct (i.e., £50,000 maximum funding for a single project).

Projects are welcomed from a broad range of economic and social sciences, that will create ‘actionable insights’ to support the delivery of the five Made Smarter Innovation challenge objectives.

Full details of the funding call are available on our funding opportunities page.

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Open Funding Call – Launch Webinar

Hear from the InterAct Network team as they discuss the specifics InterAct Open Funding Call in this launch webinar.

The InterAct Open Funding Call is a single Commissioned Research call with a budget of £400,000. There will be up to eight awards, with no minimum value for a request, but the maximum that shall be awarded to any single project is £62,500 (at 100% FEC), of which 80% will be funded by InterAct (i.e., £50,000 maximum funding for a single project).

Projects are welcomed from a broad range of economic and social sciences, that will create ‘actionable insights’ to support the delivery of the five Made Smarter Innovation challenge objectives.

Full details of the funding call are available on our funding opportunities page.