The R&D Management Conference Office has the role of helping the researchers’ community to design and hold academic conferences and events under the umbrella of the R&D Management brand.

The conference office was transferred to IfM-ECS in 2017 with the aim of supporting the hosts of the R&D Management Conference and transfer to them the experience learnt over the years. A particular goal in recent years is to increase the inclusivity of the conference via internationalisation, by reaching out to different communities.

It aims to do this by promoting the conference platform worldwide, selecting conference hosts and providing helpful tools and support during the design and implementation of the events.

Two types of event platforms exist and we would welcome proposals for either of these from prospective hosts:

Main R&D Management Conference 

  • Held annually in lat June/early July
  • The conference typically attracts between 300 and 500 participants
  • The programme is a 2 day PhD Colloquium preceding the 2.5 – 3 day conference
  • Industry tracks
  • RADMA sponsorship for PhD Colloquium and PhD participation at the conference

R&D Workshop events

  • Ad hoc events – generally every 2 years
  • Aimed to tackle specific themes or the needs of different researcher communities
  • Usually 1 or 2 days
  • Flexible format
  • See report of first R&D Management Workshop in Beijing 2018

The team

Dr Letizia Mortara is Head of the R&D Management Conference Office. She is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Senior Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is also an Associate Editor for the R&D Management journal and R&D Today  Letizia’s current focus is in the areas of Strategic Technology Management and Technology Enterprise. Specific interests include the activities set-up in order to keep abreast with the latest developments in technology, Open Innovation, and the advent of emerging technologies in manufacturing and their implications for business.

Letizia has worked within the Centre for Technology Management at the Institute for Manufacturing since 2005. Prior to this, she gained her first degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna in Italy. After spending three years working as a process/product manager in the chemical industry, she moved to the UK where she gained her PhD in processing and process scale-up of advanced ceramic materials at Cranfield University.

Jo GriffithsJo Griffiths supports Letizia in the R&D Management Conference Office. She also manages a range of courses and conferences for the Institute for Manufacturing at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

If you have any queries, do please contact us –

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