KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from biotechnology to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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Can we feed 7 billion people?

Yes we can, seems to be the message from this optimistic article in the Huffington Post from Sir Gordon Conway.

Sir Gordan argues that we will need to use "all the technologies we can lay our hands on" to achieve a "doubling of food production by 2050", but quite rightly stresses "there is no magic bullet". Sometimes GM is presented as the solution, it is not (in my opinion) it is just one very useful tool in the tool box. As Sir Gordon points out, the current rates of increase in yield [if sustained] will provide a large part of the extra food we need; and only a proportion of that improvement and then only in some crops, is coming from improvements through GM. The rest is delivered by conventional breeding, improved agronomy and plant and animal health.

I suspect Sir Gordon is also a Rational Optimist. That link is to Matt's latest post, but hit the home button for the bigger optimistic picture.     

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