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Design and Production

We celebrate innovation in designing, developing and making the things people need. We focus on opportunities for engineering and technology. Bringing together experts from industry, academia and government, we deliver programmes of activity, inspired by issues of the day and innovation around manufacturing and design, from robotics to sustainability and beyond.


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Help rebuild Eric the robot!

As the UK's first robot, Eric has a unique place in history. The Science Museum is joining forces with expert roboticist Giles Walker to help bring Eric back to life. They need your help.

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Horizontal Innovation

The IET and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) have joined forces to address the current lack of widespread exploitation of horizontal innovation in the technology community.

Key topics

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With the changing landscape in manufacturing and a focus on the journey towards Industry 4.0, this hub showcases key topics such as Virtual Reality and Advanced Manufacturing through to the Implementation of Automation. Exploring the key technologies to hit Manufacturing in the next ten years, there will be a drive towards innovation and the resurgence of Industry within the UK.

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From Industrial Design focusing on the user experience in the engineering of products, to the growing importance of Inclusive Design with consideration for the diversity of the population, this hub looks at the important role of design within technology and innovation. There will be a focus on how existing design and technologies can be adapted for the needs of a changing population within Design and Society.

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Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Looking to improve and accelerate cross sectoral growth, Robotics and Autonomous Systems explores the latest innovation and showcases the newest technological developments. Highlighting the revolutionary role of engineering in the transition to fully autonomous systems, key topics include Mechatronics, Robotics start-ups and Artificial Intelligence, through to Unmanned Vehicles and Aircraft Systems.

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Innovation to commercialisation

Showcasing the latest news and innovation from the nine Catapults and Innovate UK, this hub offers a knowledge platform facilitating access to professional expertise for SME’s, science, engineering and technology communities. Exploring the current design and manufacturing landscape, this hub will also include content from EPSRC and information on funding and competitions; alongside topics such as Intellectual Property and Horizontal Innovation.



Life science focus affirmed by Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes used the opening day of its inaugural ‘Science In The Age Of Experience’ conference to restate its commitment, and shift in company focus, to life sciences and its ambition to encourage wider uptake of its 3DExperience cloud-based simulation platform in order to accelerate science-based innovations.

Wearable wrist monitor tracks long-term alcohol usage

An alcohol monitoring wearable device that can be worn on the wrist has won a US government-sponsored competition awarding wearable technologies that monitor and diagnose medical conditions.

Robot submarine investigating EqyptAir plane crash

A robot submarine has been sent to join the hunt for an EgyptAir plane that crashed into some of the deepest waters of the Mediterranean Sea last week with 66 people on board.