Following the success of last year’s virtual event in December 2020, Cranfield University is excited to announce that their 2021 Manufacturing and materials week will take place from Monday 29 November to Thursday 2 December 2021.

The headline events of the week will be the National Manufacturing Debate, now in its 12th year, and Manufacturing 2075. With COP26 playing out in the global agenda,  the National Manufacturing Debate will focus on the UK’s green recovery plan with a subtitle of “Words into Action”. Manufacturing 2075 will be looking at the space industry, and the technical and environmental challenges that throws up. 

The week will also include sessions on equality, diversity, and inclusion; artificial intelligence (AI); and future skills requirements for the manufacturing and materials sector to keep pushing towards the net zero goals, all forming what promises to be a busy and productive week.

Manufacturing and materials week will be a mix of live debates, lectures, workshops and pre-recorded videos, looking at the challenges the industry faces right now, as well as how we must adapt and innovate to support future national and global challenges. We will be hearing from key policy leaders, alongside voices from across the manufacturing industry and the research base.

The week will bring together industry professionals and academics to celebrate manufacturing strengths and reflect on how manufacturing can better deliver for a sustainable future while restoring the UK’s economy.


This is a must-attend event for anyone - students, professionals, innovators - with an interest in the future of the manufacturing industry.

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Event programme

29 November 2021

09.00-09.15  Introduction to Manufacturing and Materials Week at Cranfield University
09.30-11.30  Skills to deliver a sustainable and digital manufacturing future
12.00-13.00  Manufacturing careers panel
13.45-15.15  Employability skills focus workshop run by the careers team
15.30-16.30  Manufacturing student panel


30 November 2021

09.00-09.05  Introduction to day two of Manufacturing and Materials week at Cranfield University 
10.00-12.00  Building the strongest team
11.45-12.45  Diversity in manufacturing session
14.00-15.00  Manufacturing alumni awards and lecture


1 December 2021

09.00-09.05  Introduction to day three of Manufacturing and Materials Week at Cranfield University
11.00-12.10  Welcome and Keynote speaker session one
12.10-13.00  Break
13.00-14.00 Keynote speaker session two
14.15-15.30  Introduction to the debate followed by the panel debate and closing remarks


2 December 2021

09.00-09.05  Introduction to day four of Manufacturing and Materials Week at Cranfield University
10.00-11.30 Welcome and keynote speaker presentations
11.45-12.45 Workshop one: Space in 2075
11.45-12.45 Workshop two: Manufacturing and space for young people
13.00-13.30 Feedback from workshops and closing remarks
13.45-14.15  Manufacturing and Materials Week closing remarks