MAKERS: A Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Project Events

  Upcoming events:

When: Thursday 16th November 2017

Where: Ca’ Foscari

Contact: Diletta Pegoraro –

Measuring The Complexity of Production Spaces: models and applications – organized by Giancarlo Coro’ and Mario Volpe. The speaker is Tullio Buccellato. The leaflet is attached below.

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Measuring The Complexity of Production Spaces: models and applications


When: Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Where: UnionCamere

Contact: Diletta Pegoraro –

Methodology for Mapping the Reshoring: Suggestions and FRAs. – organized by Unioncamere – Giancarlo Coro’ and Serafino Pitingaro will introduce the topic and the seminar will be led by Diletta Pegoraro. The leaflet is attached below.

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A Methodology for Mapping the Reshoring: Suggestions and FRAs.

MAKERS is part of the growing servitization community and co-organizes event in Barcelona


Servitization is understood as the capacity for manufacturing firms to provide customer-specific or industry-specific product–service ‘solutions’. The international Conference on Business Servitization (ICBS) aims to gather academics, policy makers and professionals interested in the Servitization process and on its effect on organizations, industries and regions.

Since 2012, the annual conference has been used as a platform in which participants share their latest research findings and practical experiences, and exchange their innovative ideas.  MAKERS co-organizes the 6th ICBS that will be held in Barcelona next 16th-17th November ( The conference will be hosted by ESADE and Polytechnic University of Catalonia and specifically the venue will be the Barcelona School of Building Construction (see picture below).

University of Catalonia

Dr Ferran Vendrell-Herrero (University of Birmingham) is the scientific director of the conference, which this year is co-chaired by Dr Esteban Lafuente (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and Dr Ivanka Visnjic (ESADE). Associated to the conference there are three special issues from leading academic journals in the fields of regional science (Regional Studies), International Marketing (International Marketing Review) and sustainability (Sustainability) plus an edited book.

This edition of the International Conference on Business Servitization (ICBS) aims at studying what drivers, processes and actors play a crucial role in enabling and promoting manufacturing renaissance, technological upgrading and product-service innovation in regions, or territotorial servitization. Territorial servitization offers an opportunity for local manufacturing economies to resume growth and sustain long-term competitiveness. As such, the renaissance of manufacturing through territorial servitization not only facilitates the upgrading of existing manufacturing competences, but it also offers an opportunity to develop and anchor new technological capabilities across regions. This is one of the key questions that MAKERS aim to address.

MAKERS workshop: “Reshoring and Industry 4.0”

When: 3 May 2017

Where: Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences


Organized by Steffen Kinkel (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences) & Lisa De Propris (University of Birmingham).

Offshoring trends are changing, and several companies are now turning to reshoring. Reasons are quality and flexibility issues in cross-border supply chains, rapidly rising labour costs in some of the target countries, but also new possibilities for competitive manufacturing practices in high-wage countries, supported by new and digitally integrated manufacturing technologies. These “manufacturing 4.0” technologies, in Germany called “industry 4.0”, are based on the intelligent, real-time, horizontal and vertical integration of value-added processes and business models. They bear the potential to produce highly individualized products while at the same time improving the speed and efficiency of the production process significantly.

Confirmed speakers include Steffen Kinkel, Luciano Fratocchi, David Bailey, Guido Nassimbeni, Bella B. Nujen, Jan Stentoft, Pamela Robinson, Rosemary Coates (Reshoring Institute -US).

The Workshop is free of charge to attend. Please join us by registering your attendance with Venessa Rouse at


Participants of the MAKERS summer school workshop

MAKERS Workshop: A New Manufacturing Model for Europe

The H2020-MAKERS WORKSHOP ON  A NEW MANUFACTURING MODEL FOR EUROPE took place on 28 and 29 June 2016 at Birmingham Business School.


Peter Marsh (Author of the book “The New Industrial Revolution” and founder of Made Here Now)

The New Manufacturing Revolution: the Global Challenge


Lisa De Propris (Birmingham Business School)

A New Manufacturing Model for Europe


Jennifer Clark (Georgia Tech and author of the book “Working Regions” (Routledge)

Manufacturing by design


David Bailey (Aston Business School)

Brexit, the UK economy and manufacturing, with reference to UK automotive


Rosemary Coates (Reshoring Institute, US)

How the Reshoring Institute is Helping Clients Bring Manufacturing Back


Steffen Kinkel (Karlsruhe University, Germany)

Reshoring, local value chains and industry 4.0 in the German manufacturing industry – trends and fields for further research


Pamela Robinson (Birmingham Business School)

Sustainable reshoring in high end fashion


Iain McKechnie (Aston Business School, Project Manager -SERV Project)

Servitization: Bridging Research and Practice


Oscar F. Bustinza (University of Granada) and Ferran Vendrell (Birmingham Business School)

Product innovation and performance: The role of collaborative partnerships and R&D intensity.


Olivier Crevoisier (Neuchatel University, Switzerland)

Significant knowledge, not substantial knowledge, will help European manufacturing to get reshored!”


Marco Bellandi (FRI and Università degli studi di Firenze)

For an industrial renewal in Italy: the possible contribution of industry-university place-based linkages


Dr Mariachaira Barzotto (MSCA Fellow)

Methodology workshop (open to Doctoral Researchers and Post-docs)