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


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

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

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...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Thu 12 Jan 2017

Workshop for Offshore Wind Sensors Technology Demonstration Opportunity

10:00 until 16:00

Workshop and competition for innovative sensor technology SMEs to gain demonstration access to...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Wed 07 Dec 2016

JSaRC Challenge Briefing Event

14:00 until 16:30

ADS, as Secretariat to RISC is inviting suppliers to attend a briefing from the Joint Security...

From Forensic Science

Upcoming Events

Fri 09 Dec 2016

Analysis for Innovators Roadshow - Oxford

13:30 until 16:30

Come and hear about a new £6.5m competition and very different approach to Innovate UK funding programmes! Analysis for Innovators is a new funding programme that targets competitiveness and...

From ICT

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Forensic Futures and Postgraduate Symposium

All Day

Bringing together providers of higher education and training and students who are planning their future career/study path, this event will be an invaluable and worthwhile experience for all...

From Forensic Science

Mon 12 Dec 2016

4th Winter Process Chemistry Conference

Dec 12 / 09:00 until Dec 14 / 17:00

The 4th Winter Process Chemistry Conference will include a special feature on Crystallisation & Polymorphism. The speakers will discuss the latest issues in synthetic route design, development and...

From Chemistry

Mon 12 Dec 2016

Solar Eranet Cofund Competition Brokerage Webinar

11:00 until 13:00

This SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund Competition Brokerage webinar is an ideal opportunity for organisations who are interested in putting in a competition bid and would like to pitch their ideas and...

From Energy at KTN

Tue 13 Dec 2016

IET/SynBiCITE Engineering Biology Conference

All Day

The IET and leading innovation and knowledge centre, SynbiCITE have teamed up to bring you the 1st IET /SynbiCITE Conference on Engineering Biology 2016. Synthetic biology is a young and...

From Defence and Security

Tue 13 Dec 2016

IET/SynbiCITE Engineering Biology Conference

All Day

The IET and leading innovation and knowledge centre, SynbiCITE have teamed up to bring you the 1st IET /SynbiCITE Conference on Engineering Biology 2016. Synthetic biology is a young and...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Tue 13 Dec 2016

Synthetic Biology for Manufacturing

All Day

Engineering/synthetic biology is being used to create biologically-based lightweight, very strong and environmentally-friendly manufactured materials which have direct applications in the transport...

From Transport

Tue 13 Dec 2016

Engineering Biology Conference 2016

Dec 13 / 09:00 until Dec 15 / 17:00

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and SynbiCITE invite you to submit abstracts for The Engineering Biology Conference 2016. Call for Abstracts deadline: 21 June 2016 Th The...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 13 Dec 2016

The Engineering Biology Conference 2016

Dec 13 / 09:00 until Dec 15 / 17:00

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and SynbiCITE invite you to the Engineering Biology Conference 2016. The Conference 2016 will take place on 13-15 December 2016 at IET London:...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 13 Dec 2016

The IET / SynbiCITE Engineering Biology Conference

Dec 13 / 09:00 until Dec 15 / 17:00

IET/SynbiCITE Engineering Biology Conference IET Savoy place, London 13-15 Dec 2016 What is engineering biology? Synthetic biology, the engineering of biology, can be defined as “the design and...

From Industrial Mathematics