event Saturday, June 29, 2024 schedule 12.00pm - 5.00pm BST
event Saturday, June 29, 2024 schedule 12.00pm - 5.00pm BST
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Join us for a day of thought-provoking discussion and industry insights.  Meet like-minded alumni from the course across its 58-year history.  Hear about the projects our current students (C58) have been undertaking this year and the highlights of this year’s study tours of the USA and Europe.

Through in-company project work, ISMM students have contributed to increasing efficiency, productivity, profitability, and commercialisation across a range of industries in the UK and abroad over many years.   This informal get-together will give you the opportunity to meet some of the current lecturing team members – faces old and new – and network with fellow alumni and the current student cohort.  We would also welcome your input to our evolving strategy for alumni engagement.

We invite you to:

  • Share and celebrate the achievements of our alumni.
  • Meet old friends and make new connections.
  • Hear from our latest cohort.


12.00    Arrival and networking Lunch

14.00   Mike Gregory: History of the IfM and the course

14.30    Florian Urmetzer: the current ISMM course

15:00    C58 – Project Presentation

15:30    Refreshments and discussion sessions

17.00    Departure


Professor Sir Michael Gregory CBE, FREng (Fellow of Churchill College)

Professor Sir Michael Gregory, CBE

Following an early career in industry, Mike Gregory was the team's founder member, which established the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in 1998. Linking science, engineering, management and policy and integrating education, research and practice, the IfM now has over 230 staff and research students and a further 100 undergraduate and Masters students. He retired as Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering and of the IfM in 2015.

Mike Gregory’s work is closely linked to industry and government. He has published in the areas of manufacturing strategy, technology management, international manufacturing, and manufacturing policy.

External activities have included membership of various government and institutional committees. He served as Executive Director of the Cambridge MIT Institute from 2005-2008, as a Springer Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2008/9, as Acting Director of the Institute for Continuing Education in 2015/16 and has been a Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) since 2017. He recently completed a term on the Supervisory Board of the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult, where he was one of the founding directors. He chairs the Babbage International Policy Forum and is President of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR).

He is a trustee of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dr Florian Urmetzer

Florian Urmetzer

Dr Florian Urmetzer is an Associate Teaching Professor. Florian is interested in the research of tools for Strategy formulation. This focuses specifically on the concepts of Business Ecosystems and Platforms. But branches in the wider field of Manufacturing and Services. His output has been adapted by companies like IBM, ATOS, ABN-AMRO, CEMEX, Pearson Education, Leonardo rescue helicopters and the NHS. His work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Information Systems and Journal of Service Research. His Research Team is investigating Industrial Ecosystems in a strategic and managerial view. This includes supply chains, networks, digital platforms and Business Ecosystems.

Booking information


Booking for this event will close on Wednesday 26 June 2024, 6.00pm BST.

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Institute for Manufacturing
17 Charles Babbage Road
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