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

Biosciences

Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Helping UK enterprises large & small to innovate and compete globally, based on sustainability & resource efficiency drivers and opportunities.


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


Materials

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


Nanotechnology

The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community


Chemistry

Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Robotics and Autonomous Systems

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


Quantum Technologies

This Community is a place for everyone that is interested in exploring the commercial opportunities for Qunatum Technologies in the UK. Anyone, be that from industry, academia or interested individuals is encouraged to join and participate.


Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group

Energy Harvesting is a means of powering electronic devices by scavenging many low-grade ambient, or "wasted" energy sources such as environmental vibrations, human power, thermal gradients, or pressure gradients, and their conversion into useable electrical energy.


New Events

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Renewable Chemicals from Waste

09:00 until 17:00

Renewable chemicals from waste – securing the molecular value from waste streams As we face...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 07 Sep 2015

Linear Power 2015

Sep 07 / 09:30 until Sep 08 / 15:00

The world’s first technology forum for linear power systems technology researchers and...

From Energy Efficiency

Wed 09 Sep 2015

CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle Event

Sep 09 / 09:00 until Sep 10 / 17:00

Visit our stand at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event 2015, the networking and technology...

From High Value Manufacturing

Mon 09 Nov 2015

Innovate 2015

Nov 09 / 09:00 until Nov 10 / 17:00

Come and see us alongisde the other Catapults at the UK's biggest innovation show. We will have a...

From High Value Manufacturing

Tue 28 Jul 2015

Long Term Care Revolution ​SBRI National Challenge Networking Events

09:00 until 17:00

Long Term Care Revolution SBRI National Challenge Networking Events Invitation Birmingham &...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Upcoming Events

Mon 06 Jul 2015

20th AIAA Int Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conf

All Day

The 20th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference provides a forum for discussion and exchange of information about leading-edge research and development...

From Space

Mon 06 Jul 2015

Centre for Industrial Sustainability Annual Conference 2015

All Day

See what is happening now, and a vision of the future of sustainable manufacturing, and learn what is possible. Following the success of last year's conference exhibition, this conference will also...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 06 Jul 2015

CliMathNet Conference 2015

All Day

The third CliMathNet Conference will be held at the University of Bath, from 6th to 10th July 2015. The conference will be based on the theme of numerical weather prediction and data assimilation,...

From PURE: knowledge exchange network

Mon 06 Jul 2015

EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability 4th Annual Conference

All Day

Hear insights from cutting-edge industry practitioners, leading academic researchers and forward-thinking policymakers on factory efficiency, radical systems innovation, material efficiency,...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 06 Jul 2015

EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability 4th Annual Conference

All Day

6th to 7th July, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge At this Conference you will hear insights from cutting-edge industry practitioners, leading academic researchers and forward-thinking policymakers on...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Mon 06 Jul 2015

Grown in Britain GREAT Week Agri-Tech

All Day

UK Trade & Investment invites you to join the Grown in Britain GREAT Week Agri-Tech which takes place in Milan on 6-10 July 2015. Join UKTI in Milan As part of the UK’s presence at the World Expo...

From Biosciences

Mon 06 Jul 2015

Molecular Modelling of Carbohydrates

10:00 until 16:00

This one day meeting will present state-of-the-art research on using computational chemistry techniques to better understand the structure and interactions of carbohydrates. The day should appeal...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 07 Jul 2015

10th International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing

All Day

SAVE THE DATE The conference is being hosted by the Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) at Nottingham University and jointly organised in conjunction with Additive...

From Materials

Tue 07 Jul 2015

2015 Food and Drink IT Summit

All Day

The move towards a smart food business is increasing. More and more data is available throughout the food factory and across the whole food chain. This availability of data and the means to analyse...

From Biosciences

Tue 07 Jul 2015

8th Conference of International Society for Industrial Ecology , Surrey, UK

All Day

The 2015 conference of the ISIE, International Society for Industrial Ecology, will take place in the UK. This is a great opportunity for professional and researchers of many different sectors to...

From Built Environment