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Managing the uncertainties of emerging technology scale-up and industrialisation: overcoming challenges on the 'pathway to manufacturing'

Charles Featherston

Eoin O’Sullivan,
Centre for Science,
Technology and Innovation Policy           
(CSTI),
University of Cambridge

 Charles Featherston
Centre for Science,
Technology and Innovation Policy    
(CSTI), 
University of Cambridge

For technologies to create economic, social or environmental value they need to be manufactured and deployed, often at scale. The various R&D, manufacturing and deployment activities that lead to such impact fact many challenges. Each of these challenges threaten to reduce the functionality, manufacturability and viability of the resulting product, sometimes below minimum thresholds. This session will explore the challenges faced on this journey (the ‘pathways to manufacturing’) to understand: what they are; the relevance of these challenges to researchers and their funders; how researchers have become sensitised to them; and how these risks might be anticipated and effectively management.