InterAct Impact Acceleration Programme Launch Webinar

Date: 20 May 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Online

Join the InterAct team as we discuss the launch of our newest funding opportunity, the InterAct Impact Acceleration Programme, and answer any questions you may have pertaining to the call.

We are keen to listen to innovative ideas about how InterAct Impact Acceleration funds and resources (up to £18,000 at 100% of costs) can be used to maximise the impact of research outputs. Eligible research can have been carried out with or without a manufacturer, policy maker, or IDT provider partner.

The full documentation for this call is now available on our website.

Medicines Manufacturing Celebration Event 2022

Date: 10 May 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: etc.venues Manchester

The Medicines Manufacturing Challenge was launched in 2017 to support and grow the UK’s capabilities in manufacturing medicines by developing first-of-a-kind technologies to manufacture medicines and accelerate patient access to new drugs and treatments, firmly establishing the UK as a leading global hub for the development, production and delivery of cutting-edge therapies.

This showcase event will celebrate the collaborative innovation and research projects and infrastructure delivered by UKRI Medicines Manufacturing Challenge, demonstrating the benefits and impact achieved and discussing the future for the sector.

Women in Innovation: Let’s talk about…The Power of Storytelling

Date: 25 May 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Online

Navigating the innovation ecosystem takes courage, resilience, the ability to reinvent oneself, a growth mindset, embracing one’s vulnerability and so much more.

It requires entrepreneurial storytelling that not only inspires others but that also provides a framework to help with values-aligned decisions and future direction.

There are many ways in which we frame stories and in which we tell those stories. There are also stories we tell ourselves that do not necessarily serve us in our personal and professional journeys.

Join 'Women in Innovation' for this year’s first webinar part of the Let’s talk about… series, to discuss about The Power of Storytelling for women embarked on entrepreneurial journeys.

If you're interested in digital storytelling you can also apply for our storytelling fellowship.

Adopting AI in Manufacturing: How to Access KTP Funding

Date: 19 May 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Online

Despite the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit, the UK manufacturing sector showed strong growth in 2021 (MarkItEconomics, 2022); however, in the light of the current geopolitical situation, supply chains have been further disrupted triggering input-cost inflation. Furthermore, maintaining a skilled workforce still represents a challenge.

Continued growth and productivity can be enabled – in part – by focusing on technology adoption and automation, which in turn will drive the required upskilling and workforce productivity the sector needs, while cutting costs. In order to achieve this, we are keen to support strategic initiatives around the adoption of AI, especially for SMEs and businesses that have been affected by the current global challenges.

The AI team at Innovate UK KTN, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme and the Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Network will deliver two virtual interactive sessions where manufacturing businesses from all sectors will have the opportunity to explore the uses of Artificial Intelligence within their operations.

Future of Manufacturing Ecosystems – Programme Launch Webinar

Date: 26 May 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Online

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?

Join us for an upcoming webinar, on Thursday 26 May at 12:00pm, examining the results of a survey of manufacturing firms in the Midlands region and launching the ‘Future of 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.