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

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

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


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


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


The KTN Ltd's Nanotechnology Community

Future Cities

The Future Cities Group is part of the Urban Living group


Driving Innovation and Value for the chemistry-using industries


Serving the Agriculture, Food and Industrial Bioscience Sectors

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 20 May 2015

Branding for business and academia

15:30 until 17:30

"Branding" might sound like a business word to many, however now more than ever Universities and...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Wed 17 Jun 2015

Biosensors in Agriculture

All Day

Agricultural science is a fast growing market, but faces a significant global challenges in the...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Wed 20 May 2015

Intelligence provides Autonomy: The Era of Unmanned Vessels Workshop

09:00 until 15:00

Workshop Outline Autonomous vessels will become common on our oceans within the near future. They...

From Space

Wed 22 Apr 2015

IGS Climate Services Workshop

10:00 until 16:00

Developing markets for climate services and a roadmap for UK service suppliers This workshop will...

From Space

Tue 21 Apr 2015

European Satellite Navigation Competition and Copernicus Masters Event

17:00 until 20:00

European Satellite Navigation Competition and Copernicus Masters International Kick-off Event...

From Space

Upcoming Events

Mon 30 Mar 2015

3rd IMA International Conference on Flood Risk

All Day

30 – 31 March 2015, Swansea University, Wales, UK SCOPE This conference will take place from 30 - 31 March 2015 at Swansea University, Wales, UK. Recent coastal and inland flooding events such as...

From PURE: knowledge exchange network

Mon 30 Mar 2015

Space nuclear power and propulsion workshop

09:30 until 16:00

This event has been postponned and as soon as a new date has been arranged this page will be updated. The UK Space Agency and Knowledge Transfer Network presents the opportunity to attend a one day...

From Space

Mon 30 Mar 2015

Space nuclear power and propulsion workshop

09:30 until 16:00

The UK Space Agency and Knowledge Transfer Network presents the opportunity to attend a one day technology event focussing on nuclear power and propulsion for space. The event brings together lead...

From Nuclear

Mon 30 Mar 2015

Protecting Data in Industry Briefing - Cardiff

10:30 until 16:30

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects that tackle the growing risks of disruption to internet-enabled businesses and their digital...

From Creative, Digital & Design.

Mon 30 Mar 2015

BIM Toolkit

16:00 until 18:00

The toolkit is a free and easy to use web portal which guides users through the construction process. It provides step-by-step support to define, manage and validate responsibility for information...

From Digital Design and Engineering

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Challenge Workshop on Future Science for EO - Needs and Missions

All Day

CEOI-ST will hold its next challenge workshops, which will look at Future Science for EO - Needs and Missions, on the 31st March 2015 at College Court, in Leicester. The workshop will look at...

From Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Kick-Off Workshop of the Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium

All Day

The Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium (SBSC) aims at collectively building the infrastructure to support a fully integrated global synthetic biology enterprise by working on standards for...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Tue 31 Mar 2015

SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification

All Day

Uncertainty quantification is key for achieving validated predictive computations in a wide range of scientific and engineering applications. The field relies on a broad range of mathematics and...

From Uncertainty Quantification and Management in High Value Manufacturing

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Anaerobic Digestion and the bioeconomy

09:00 until 16:00

A series of one-day workshops throughout the first half of 2015 will help regional businesses gain a better awareness of this emerging sector and understand the associated business benefits The...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Open Data, Law and Licensing

09:30 until 13:00

Understanding the law and licensing is key to publishing and using data in any form, be it personal, closed or open data. This practical morning seminar will examine how data is protected by the...

From Creative, Digital & Design.