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

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

Tue 21 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

Mon 21 Sep 2015

Nanoparticles for Cell Tracking

Sep 21 / 09:00 until Sep 22 / 17:00

The meeting is formally hosted by the UK regenerative medicine platform (UKRMP Safety Hub, see...

From HealthTech and Medicines

Upcoming Events

Sat 04 Jul 2015

Data visualisation: A one-day workshop

10:00 until 16:00

Learn to use infographics to present complex information simply, elegantly and beautifully Whether you're working on a presentation, a website or teaching materials, nothing tells a complex...

From Design

Sun 05 Jul 2015

Advanced Course on Cyanobacteria and Green Algae

All Day

This course aims to provide training on identification of freshwater cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and green algae at a more advanced level than in the Introductory Course. This course is...

From Algal Bioenergy

Sun 05 Jul 2015

International Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School 2015

All Day

Recent advances in DNA synthesis have increased our ability to build biological systems. Synthetic Biology aims at streamlining the design and synthesis of robust and predictable biological systems...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Sun 05 Jul 2015

National Astronomy Meeting 2015

Jul 05 / 09:00 until Jul 09 / 17:00

National Astronomy Meeting 2015 Venue Cymru, Llandudno: 5–9 July The Royal Astronomical Society is proud to present the National Astronomy Meeting from 5-9 July 2015. The meeting will be held at...

From Photonics Group

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