Join networks, make connections; discover what effective knowledge transfer and open innovation can do for your business.

"Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology."

Harvard Business School

_connect is an initiative from the UK's Technology Strategy Board with the singular aim of making open innovation happen.

The networks on _connect are home to some of UK Industry's brightest minds, and they are waiting to collaborate on their next exciting projects.

Join _connect and see what open innovation can do for your business.

Featured networks

Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


HealthTech and Medicines

Building a Healthy Nation through Business Innovation


Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Materials

The Materials Community aims to bring together the materials supply chain to accelerate innovation, improve global competitiveness and sustainability.


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Supporting the development of a new industrial RAS sector in the UK


Quantum Technologies

Building a £Billion business in Quantum Technology


Space

Connecting the spectrum of activities across the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy with existing communities, to foster a space community spanning government, industry and academia


ICT

Creating a competitive advantage for the UK by facilitating knowledge exchange on Information and Communications Technologies and accelerating innovation.


Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

To be a beacon for successful wealth creation from knowledge.


Defence and Security

Seeking both to improve the flow of knowledge between the UK’s civil and defence and security communities and to identify new opportunities for technology exploitation


New Events

Mon 10 Oct 2016

EU Horizon 2020 Funding opportunities for Health

13:00 until 14:30

The NHS Confederation, the European Commission, Innovate UK, the Medical Research Council (MRC)...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Mon 10 Oct 2016

Bioinformatic Approaches in Agri-Food

10:00 until 16:00

The Knowledge Transfer Network is organising a workshop on the potential of bioinformatics...

From Biosciences

Wed 08 Feb 2017

Synthetic Biology: does industry get it?

All Day

Synthetic biology, in its broadest sense, is opening up a suite of possibilities for the design...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 16 Nov 2016

Animal Production, the Key in a European Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy

09:00 until 17:00

With an increasing global population and consequently, food demand, the livestock sector is a key...

From Biosciences

Tue 25 Oct 2016

Future of Farming: Big data and precision agriculture

09:00 until 17:00

The British Embassy and the French think tank saf agr’iDées are organising this event in...

From Biosciences

Upcoming Events

Mon 26 Sep 2016

15th International Symposium on Biopolymers

All Day

The traditional spotlight of ISBP has been on biopolymers like polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), cellulose and rubber. ISBP2016 will also extend the focus to other bio-based polymers like PLA, BioPET...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Mon 26 Sep 2016

15th International Symposium on Biopolymers

All Day

The traditional spotlight of ISBP has been on biopolymers like polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), cellulose and rubber. ISBP2016 will also extend the focus to other bio-based polymers like PLA, BioPET...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 26 Sep 2016

2016 SPIE Remote Sensing symposium

All Day

The 2016 symposium in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, will be the 23rd in this series and follows last year’s successful symposium in Toulouse, France. This year there will be eleven conferences...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Mon 26 Sep 2016

8th Global Leakage Summit 2016

All Day

The Changing Face Of Leakage Management Leakage Management has evolved to being just one of many operations in holistic network management, but as a specific discipline, the technologies available...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 26 Sep 2016

EOSAM 2016 - European Optical Society Bi-Annual Meeting 2016

All Day

EOSAM 2016 - European Optical Society Bi-Annual Meeting 2016 26 - 30 September 2016 Adlershof con. vent. Exhibition Centre Berlin, Germany CALL FOR PAPERS Submit Abstracts by 30 April 2016 - please...

From SuperSolar Hub

Mon 26 Sep 2016

Future Investigators of Regenerative Medicine (FIRM) symposium

All Day

FIRM (Future Investigators of Regenerative Medicine) is an international early career symposium created to unite the academic institutions in the field of Regenerative Medicine. The FIRM 2016...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Mon 26 Sep 2016

SPIE Security + Defence 2016

All Day

This unique symposium will offer many opportunities to network with colleagues from a variety of disciplines in academia, industry, and government from all over the world, whilst still maintaining...

From Forensic Science

Mon 26 Sep 2016

SPIE Security + Defence 2016

All Day

This unique symposium will offer many opportunities to network with colleagues from a variety of disciplines in academia, industry, and government from all over the world, whilst still maintaining...

From Defence and Security

Mon 26 Sep 2016

SPIE Security + Defence 2016 in Edinburgh.

All Day

Plan to participate at SPIE Security + Defence 2016—Interact with fellow engineers, scientists, programme managers and policy makers on the latest developments in sensing, data and signal analysis,...

From Photonics Group

Mon 26 Sep 2016

Virtual Physiological Human conference 2016

All Day

The Virtual Physiological Human conference series offers a platform to present research related to the Virtual Physiological Human and more broadly into Computational Systems Biomedicine, as well...

From Non-Animal Technologies