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

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

Sustainability & Resource Efficiency

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

New Events

Wed 20 Jul 2016

Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Networking & Consortia Event - Manchester

11:00 until 16:00

As previewed by Innovate UK in its 2016/2017 Delivery Plan, a second Connected and Autonomous...

From Intelligent Mobility

Wed 27 Jul 2016

SynBioBeta course: Introduction to the world of synthetic biology

14:00 until 18:00

This course will introduce newcomers to the world of biology, biotechnology, and synthetic...

From Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group

Wed 16 Nov 2016

UKCRC annual Biobanking meeting

09:00 until 16:30

This event will be a showcase of Biobanking in the UK and will highlight the range of biobanking...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Tue 18 Oct 2016

KTN Early Career Researchers in Food 2016

09:00 until 17:00

2016 sees the 4th KTN Early Career Researchers in Food Event. Previous events have had great...

From Biosciences

Wed 14 Sep 2016

Livestock Genomics 2016

Sep 14 / 09:00 until Sep 16 / 17:00

Livestock Genomics 2016 is a forum for discussion of the current and future state of research...

From Biosciences

Upcoming Events

Fri 24 Jun 2016

SpaceTech 2016 Technology Transfer Brokerage Event

All Day

This 5th edition of SpaceTech is organised by the Science & Technology Facilities Council in collaboration with the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency and aims to bridge the gap between...

From Sensors and Instrumentation

Fri 24 Jun 2016

Spacetech 2016 Technology Transfer Brokerage Event

09:30 until 15:30

SpaceTech 2016 aims to help businesses from all industries innovate through the use of space technologies to create new products and services. This 5th edition of SpaceTech is organised by the...

From Space

Fri 24 Jun 2016

The Future with AI: Thought Leadership Panel Debate

17:30 until 19:00

Do join our debate chaired by Will Hutton, author of 'How Good We Can Be', on The Future with AI: Will it be good for us? Our panel of thought leaders includes: Charles Collis -- Head of Robotics...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Sat 25 Jun 2016

Special Conference on Engineering and Physical Sciences in Oncology

All Day

Principles of engineering and physics have been applied to oncology for nearly 50 years. Engineers and physical scientists have made contributions to all aspects of cancer biology, from...

From Non-Animal Technologies

Sat 25 Jun 2016

Summer School: Photonic Systems for Sensing and Metrology

All Day

The 2016 Summer School will be held in St Andrews, 25 June-1 July 2016 and is run by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics. The Applied Photonics summer school is aimed at early...

From Electronics, Sensors, Photonics

Sat 25 Jun 2016

The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics

Jun 25 / 09:00 until Jun 28 / 18:00

9th Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics will be held on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 June 2016 at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The theme for this year's Symposium is New Challenges and...

From Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Sun 26 Jun 2016

6th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts

Jun 26 / 09:00 until Jun 29 / 17:00

The 6th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides direct interaction for attending delegates, with scientific and technical leaders in this field. Emphasis will...

From Industrial Biotechnology

Mon 27 Jun 2016

The Scale Up of Chemical Processes Conference & Exhibition

All Day

Whether you are chemist, chemical engineer, QA or safety specialist, your aims when scaling up your process are often the same: • Achieving greater process efficiency, yield and throughput. •...

From Chemistry

Mon 27 Jun 2016

119th European Study Group with Industry, Porto - Portugal

Jun 27 / 09:00 until Jul 01 / 17:00

119th European Study Group with Industry June 27th to July 1st 2016, Porto, Portugal The 119th European Study Group with Industry will take place from June 27th to July 1st in Portugal, at the...

From Industrial Mathematics

Mon 27 Jun 2016

At the Frontiers of Quantitative Finance

Jun 27 / 09:00 until Jun 30 / 17:00

We are pleased to announce the Workshop "At the Frontiers of Quantitative Finance", which will take place at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences ( in Edinburgh, from...

From Industrial Mathematics