Experts to discuss how digitization will impact our future

InterAct will hold their annual conference at the beginning of October, aiming to discuss digitalization and how it can impact our future.

Thinkers and innovators are invited to attend the 2022 InterAct conference at IET London: Savoy Place,located on the Strand by Waterloo Bridge. The event will take place on Monday 3 October, starting at 9:00 and closing at 16:30.

Twelve leading experts will provide insights into the next stage of industrial evolution, as well as how it will shape our economy, manufacturing ecosystem, workplace.

Additionally, the experts will be analysing how digital technologies could be utilized in order to move beyond consumption driven economic growth.

The event will feature world-leading speakers sharing their unique perspectives on digital manufacturing, each coming from a wide range of background across industry, policy, and academia.

Speakers include Sean Culey (Futurist and author), Professor John Hart (Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT), Jason Southern (EMEA Head of Enterprise Software & Visualisation Segments at Nvidia), Verity Davidge (Director of Policy at Make UK), and more.

InterAct Co-director, and Dean of Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics, Professor Janet Godsell said: “We're delighted to be hosting the first InterAct Annual Conference this October, this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in the future of manufacturing to get involved with shaping our vision for the coming years.

“It is an exciting time for the InterAct Network as we approach the end of our first year in operation and we have been thrilled by the enthusiastic response we've seen so far.

“This conference is a chance for people to engage with our narrative, hear from world-class speakers and interact with us."

Attendees will be able to gain significant insight into the future manufacturing environment, learn more about the InterAct Network, as well as engage with big names from the world of academia within an interactive Q&A session.

Additionally, they may also take part in a collaborative workshop named “How do we create the digital manufacturing futures we want to see, together”.

As for who can attend, InterAct’s conference is open and inclusive to all individuals who are interested in manufacturing and want to work towards a brighter future, regardless of their background.

However, the main stakeholders that are encouraged to join are: economists, social scientists, manufacturers, industrial digital technologists, and policymakers.

The conference tickets are free to book and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis as tickets are close to selling out.

Participants are encouraged to register their attendance on the InterAct Conference Eventbrite page.

More information about the conference can be found here:


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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2022 QS World University Rankings – the sixth year running – and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2023, and 10th in both the Guardian University League Table 2022 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 over 90% of its research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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