Women in Manufacturing: Changing perceptions

Date: 31 October 2023
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Coventry

Although women represent almost half of the labour force in the United Kingdom, they account for only 26% of all workers in the manufacturing sector. We want to do something about this.

The Women in Manufacturing initiative are bringing together a fantastic group of people who are passionate about promoting women's representation and progress in the field. Join us for an inspiring day filled with discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities.

This is an inclusive event for everyone with an interest in shifting the balance of women in manufacturing.

Themes and topics include:

• Creating a fair and inclusive work environment

• Fostering connections and mentorship opportunities

• Building presence and supporting peers on social media

• Digital technologies for improving diversity in UK manufacturing

• Overcoming imposter syndrome in the workplace

Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems – Discovery Day: Vitsoe

Date: 28 September 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Vitsoe Ltd (HQ & production building)Old Warwick Road, Royal Leamington Spa, England, CV31 3NT

Our partners Make UK are spearheading the effort to broaden the appeal of manufacturing careers and build excitement around the industry with National Manufacturing Day, taking place on Thursday 28th September. It is a day for companies to open their doors and create a national celebration of manufacturing.

InterAct, as a Made Smarter Innovation funded network, will be joining this effort again this year with our second Discovery Day event, focused on the Future of Digtial Manufacturing Ecosystems. We'll be discussing the importance of this research, showcasing the visions and scenarios the team have developed, workshopping new ideas and putting it all into context with a tour of the Vitsoe Ltd. production facility to showcase their longevity focused, sustainable approach to supply chains and manufacturing.

Vitsoe is a furniture manufacturing business, with production based in Leamington Spa. For more than 60 years it has been Vitsœ’s goal to make long-living furniture. Vitsœ’s products are designed as true systems with high-quality specification and finishes to ensure flexibility, adaptability, durability and therefore, longevity.

InterAct Conference 2023

Date: 3 October 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: The IET Savoy Place, The Strand, London

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 digital manufacturing future 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 digital manufacturing future we want, we first need to know how that can be achieved, we need to explore the possible and work together to realise these goals. In order to combine our expertise from the broadest range of perspectives around this common goal, we need to InterAct.

Join us at the IET Savoy Place, The Strand, London on Tuesday 3rd October 2023 to take part in our conference and become part of the movement for change.

Adoption of Industrial Digital Technology in UK Manufacturing SMEs

Date: 13 July 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Online / In-person

Industrial digital technologies (IDT) such as the industrial internet of things (IoTs), big data analytics, AI (Artificial Intelligence), virtual reality, and digital twins are radically transforming the manufacturing landscape.

This event aims to bring together business people, practitioners, policymakers, and academics to discuss the research findings of IDT adopting practices of many UK manufacturing SMEs to work out the best practices and implications for business strategies and government policy.

The key findings of the project and successful SME manufacturing digitalisation journey case studies will be presented at the workshop.

Coworking Spaces and Digitalisation Workshop

Date: 11 July 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Online

This workshop is hosted by the School of Management, University of Bath, funded by InterAct via the ESRC, as a part of the Made Smarter Initiative. We bring together CWS manager, users, and regional policymakers and other stakeholders and will present findings of our fieldwork, which explored the potential of CWS to contribute to regional ‘levelling up’ in the UK and whether they hold potential not just for service firms, but also for manufacturing, designand engineering firms.

The session will be interactive and there will also be Q&A. The event will conclude with a short talk from our guest speaker, Pauline Roussel (Co-founder & CEO of Coworkies and author of ‘Around the world in 250 coworking spaces’)

The aim of the workshop is to codevelop ideas, about how CWSs enables and provides an opportunity for firms to employ flexible working practices, stimulate innovation, and regional growth. The workshop outcomes will be used to inform an industry brief and a policy brief, which will be made available to all participants.

CarbonVue: choosing how to optimise your supply chain

Date: 22 June 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Burleigh Court Conference Centre and Hotel, Loughborough University

CarbonVue is a supply chain digital twin that will enable manufacturers to analyse, model and simulate different outcomes in your supply chain considering carbon as one of the trade-offs, offering a novel approach as your supply chain can work differently whether you are using cost, carbon, or service as your main objective function.

This event will cover the thinking behind the development of CarbonVue, how productivity and sustainability are interlinked and should be considered going into the future. You will also find how this approach was used and tested in a case study between two important manufacturers where CarbonVue is currently being implemented. Additionally, you will gain the possibility to have an “on-hands” approach by using the tool and simulating different outcomes in your supply chain. Finally, you will have the chance to listen to the lessons learnt from adopting a novel digital technology like CarbonVue: from how to prepare your data to how to manage people’s change.

Important: Please note that this event is primarily for those actively working in the manufacturing and supply chains sectors. If you are an academic, we may be able to accommodate your attendance but due to capacity limitations, priority for attendance will be allocated to industry participants.

InterAct Discovery Day – The Future of Work: ‘Being a good employer’

Date: 1 June 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Strathclyde Business School

InterAct's Strathclyde University based 'Future of Work' team are delighted to be partnering with Flexibility Works, to bring you an interactive ‘Discovery Day’ workshop.

The topic of the session is: ‘Being a Good Employer’, focusing on the ‘people’ side of transformation. The workshop continues the transformation theme given recruitment and retention remain a key business priority with the session exploring current challenges and dig deep into a potential solution – flexible working. The workshop will feature guest speakers offering practical ideas, a panel discussion, peer to peer learning and networking.

Behaviour Change for manufacturing, talent and business sustainability

Date: 22 March 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online

In this webinar, you’ll hear about exciting case studies on the type of behaviour changes required to make the future of manufacturing sustainable and efficient. Learn about how you can enact the changes today to make sure your company recruit and retain the best talent.

Joining this event, you will learn more about:

How behaviour change can make manufacturing more sustainable.

How the future of manufacturing works and the changes that companies can make today to ensure they recruit and retain the best talent.

Key speakers:

Professor Jill MacBryde, University of Strathclyde, Co-director of InterAct
Professor Peter Ball, University of York

Scottish AI Summit 2023

Start date: 28 March 2023
End date: 29 March 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Online / Technology & Innovation Centre - University of Strathclyde

The Scottish AI Summit 2023 is bringing together content submitted by Scotland's AI community, offering an opportunity for delegates to hear from leading AI experts from Scotland and beyond and get involved in a wide range of discussions and workshops.

Find out more the strategy for Scotland to become a leader in the development and use of Trustworthy, Ethical and Inclusive AI and hear from many great speakers, including InterAct Co-director, Professor Jill MacBryde.

Towards the Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems: Co-design Workshop

Date: 14 February 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Burleigh Court Hotel, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3GR

The purpose of this workshop is to bring manufacturing firms, policymakers, digital technology providers together with the InterAct 'Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems' team to co-design the digital roadmaps that enable the UK manufacturing industry to achieve improved productivity, sustainability, resilience, and wellbeing by 2040.

The InterAct team, in collaboration with Make UK and Midlands Engine, recently launched a joint research programme - ‘Future of Digital Manufacturing Ecosystems’. The project aims to identify the 'Vision 2040' for the UK manufacturing industry and develop digital roadmaps to support the transition.

Building on the current literature and 25+ expert interviews with industrialists, policymakers, digital technology providers and academic colleagues, 4 future scenarios and 12 visions have been identified that illustrates the desired futures for the UK manufacturing industry. This interactive workshop is designed to stimulate creative thinking and co-development of ideas. By the end of this workshop we will gain a much better understanding of how the digital technologies could support UK manufacturing moving towards the following scenarios:

Scenario 1 – Productivity Powerhouse

Scenario 2 – Flexibility as the Standard

Scenario 3 – Sustainability Champion

Scenario 4 – Happy and Sustainable Workforce