The future for UK manufacturing - challenges ahead for policy following the Foresight Project

Guests of Honour: Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government and Head, Government Office for Science (subject to diary); Janice Munday, Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Services, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD

This seminar will bring together key stakeholders with policymakers to discuss what more Government can do to support growth and productivity across key manufacturing sectors in the UK. It is scheduled to assess implications arising from the conclusion of Foresight's The Future of Manufacturing project later this year, which is expected to set out latest evidence and futures analysis on long-term challenges and risks for UK manufacturing. Bringing together industry representatives from a variety of relevant industries - such as automotive, energy, electronics, pharmaceutical and aerospace - alongside investors, enterprise partnerships, consultants and academics, sessions will focus on how the Foresight project might inform future priorities for Government policy in this area, looking in particular at the challenges ahead for supporting investment, innovation, exports and skills.

We are delighted that Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government and Head, Government Office for Science (subject to diary) has agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar, together with Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge; Professor Richard Harris, Professor of Economics and Head of Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Durham University;Professor Alan Hughes, Director, Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Paul McCaffrey, Project Leader, Future of Manufacturing Project, Foresight, UK Government Office for Science.

Janice Munday, Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Services, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Dirk Pilat, Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD have also agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult; Professor Richard Hague, Professor of Innovative Manufacturing and Director, EPSRC Centre for Additive Manufacturing, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham; Lorraine Holmes, Chief Executive, West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium and Area Director, Manufacturing Advisory Service; Nick Hussey, Managing Director, The Manufacturer; Mike Hutchinson, Manufacturing Director, Tharsus Group; Darren Jukes, UK Industrial Manufacturing Leader, PwC; Mike Rigby, Head of Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics, Barclays and Bill Twigg, Apprenticeship Director, Semta have also agreed to speak.

Chris White MP, Co-Chair, Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group and Jonathan Reynolds MP, Co-Vice Chair, Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

To book on or to read the agenda for the event please visit: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=663

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