Join networks, make connections; discover what effective knowledge transfer and open innovation can do for your business.
Please note: From 1st February 2017 we will be closing our _connect networking groups. This will not affect your funding application(s).

"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


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors


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


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


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

Tue 04 Apr 2017

Industry 4.0 Summit 2017

All Day

Industry 4.0 Summit 2017 4th & 5th April 2017 The Industry 4.0 Summit aims to be the leading...

From Innovate UK Network

Tue 28 Mar 2017

Launch of Centre for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM)

09:00 until 17:00

KTN is working with York University to launch a National Centre for Energy Efficient Materials...

From Materials and Design Exchange

Fri 24 Mar 2017

5th International conference ICNBS Egypt 2017

Mar 24 / 09:00 until Mar 26 / 17:00

Naqaa Foundation for scientific Research, Technology and Development is organizing the fifth...

From Naqaa Nanotechnology Network NNN

Tue 21 Mar 2017

Joining of Composites

09:30 until 16:30

Much of the research effort in composites in recent years has focused on their manufacture - to...

From Materials

Mon 05 Dec 2016

UK Workshop on Data Metrology & Standards

10:00 until 16:00

This is a one-day workshop being held at the University of Cambridge, designed to identify UK...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Upcoming Events

Wed 22 Feb 2017

Green catalysis by design, scientific meeting & student winter school

All Day

Green Catalysis by Design 22nd Feb 2017 - Student Winter School 23rd Feb 2017 - Scientific meeting The "Green Catalysis by Design Scientific Meeting” will be held on the 23rd February 2017 and...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Wed 22 Feb 2017

Uncertainty Quantification in Digital Image Correlation

09:00 until 17:00

Chairmen Dr Richard Burguete, NPL Dr Dave Hollis, BSSM Flyer and further information here The seminar is aimed at engineers, physicists and scientists with a background in mechanics of materials...

From Uncertainty Quantification and Management in High Value Manufacturing

Thu 23 Feb 2017

Green Catalysis by Design Scientific Meeting & Student Winter School

All Day

Overview The "Green Catalysis by Design Scientific Meeting” will be held on the 23rd February 2017 and before this, a one day Winter School for young researchers on the 22nd February 2017, in the...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Sat 25 Feb 2017

1st AXEMA-EurAgEng Conference

09:00 until 17:00

“Intensive and environmentally friendly agriculture: an opportunity for innovation in machinery and systems” This conference will provide an update of academic and industrial research and...

From Biosciences

Mon 27 Feb 2017

Workshop on Quantum Fields, Knots and Integrable Systems

Feb 27 / 09:00 until Mar 03 / 17:00

Organisers Name Institution Hollands, Lotte Heriot-Watt University This workshop will explore various beautiful mathematical structures making their appearance in the study of supersymmetric...

From Industrial Mathematics

Tue 07 Mar 2017

Security and Policing 2017

All Day

Security & Policing provides the opportunity to view the latest developments in the UK security market with almost 400 companies exhibiting under the one roof. The exhibition provides a discreet...

From Defence and Security

Wed 08 Mar 2017

Second Uncertainty Quantification & Management Study Group with Industry

Mar 08 / 09:00 until Mar 10 / 17:00

Background: The UQ&M SIG held its inaugural Study Group with Industry in July 2016, full write up at the bottom of this page; but in short – in three intense days researchers covering mathematics,...

From Uncertainty Quantification and Management in High Value Manufacturing

Wed 08 Mar 2017

45th Intelligent Sensing Program – Wearables for Diagnostics

09:30 until 16:00

Introduction Key market needs in the monitoring of healthcare and wellbeing are being addressed by wearable technology: transforming the market for healthy living and sports over the past few...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Tue 21 Mar 2017

Joining of Composites

09:30 until 16:30

Much of the research effort in composites in recent years has focused on their manufacture - to automate their lay up and speed up their cure and much of the low hanging fruit has already been had....

From Materials

Wed 22 Mar 2017

Directing Biosynthesis V

All Day

This is the fifth in a series of meetings on natural product synthesis run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and supported by BBSRC. The conference takes place at the University of Warwick from the...

From Industrial Biotechnology