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

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Building Prosperous Cities: the role of natural capital

All Day

This conference will look at what green infrastructure and natural capital mean for the planning and development of UK cities. Is the green infrastructure of our cities fit for purpose for now and...

From Natural Capital and Eco-system Services

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives & Weapons Detection

All Day

The fourth iteration of this successful cross-Government research call is seeking innovation in all aspects of explosives and weapons detection. This research call is seeking proposals in the...

From Industrial Mathematics

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Unlocking the potential of synthetic biology to enhance human health

All Day

This international event will discuss how the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, plus the re-design of existing, natural biological systems will be used for...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Tue 27 Sep 2016

UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY TO ENHANCE HUMAN HEALTH

All Day

This web-based international event will discuss how the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, plus the re-design of existing, natural biological systems will be...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Avian Viruses Focused Meeting 2016

Sep 27 / 09:00 until Sep 28 / 17:00

Avian viruses have contributed immensely to our understanding of not only virology but important aspects of biology including cancer, immunology and cell biology. In recent years, the role of birds...

From Biosciences

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

09:30 until 16:30

The fourth iteration of this successful cross-Government research call is seeking innovation in all aspects of explosives and weapons detection. This research call is seeking proposals in the...

From Defence and Security

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

09:30 until 16:30

The fourth iteration of this successful cross-Government research call is seeking innovation in all aspects of explosives and weapons detection. This research call is seeking proposals in the...

From Forensic Science

Tue 27 Sep 2016

IRC 2016 for Explosives & Weapons Detection Bidders Conference

09:30 until 16:30

The fourth iteration of this successful cross-Government research call is seeking innovation in all aspects of explosives and weapons detection. This research call is seeking proposals in the...

From ICT

Tue 27 Sep 2016

H2020 Consortia Building Workshop

09:30 until 16:30

Brought to you by KTN, the UK National Contact Points (NCPs), SusChem UK and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), this event focuses on forthcoming 2017 H2020 call topics in 'SPIRE, FOF and LCE' and...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

09:30 until 16:30

The fourth iteration of this successful cross-Government research call is seeking innovation in all aspects of explosives and weapons detection. This research call is seeking proposals...

From Transport