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 Digital Creative 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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Member in the Spotlight: Watershed

Creative Producer Victoria Tillotson introduces Watershed and the work she does there…


Watershed is a cross-artform venue and producing organisation, based in Bristol with an international reach.  We actively encourage unusual collaborations and produce work that cuts across film, music, theatre, design, visual and applied art, and the creative and technology sectors. We’ve been working at this since 1982.

We support research and development of ideas on the edge. Ideas that explore creative technologies, and ideas that are often difficult to articulate, because there’s nothing else like them. Some ideas are cultural, some are commercial, and every one opens unexpected opportunities.


image credit: Sam Frost


Much of this work is based at the Pervasive Media Studio, our city-centre research lab that brings together a network of over 180 artists, technologists and academics to explore the future of mobile and wireless media. We run the space in partnership with the University of the West of England’s Digital Cultures Research Centre and the University of Bristol. The Studio has a great workspace, an open ethos and a can-do attitude. This is where I’m based - within this fluid, astoundingly generous, ever-growing community.

Within the community I’m part of Watershed’s brilliant team of Creative Producers. Through open innovation and sharing of ideas, we produce collaborative R&D opportunities that enable wild ideas to become working prototypes. We’re passionate. We take risks. We get excited about new ideas, and the potential for new markets.

Our Craft + Technology Residencies is one such opportunity. The UK Government is currently investing in technology driven research that investigates how 'physical things' such as buildings, vehicles, objects and clothing with built in sensors and computer networks can communicate with users and with each other. This area, often referred to as the Internet of Things, is beginning to make new kinds of service and experience possible. Thus far, the research has been very manufacturing led. There has been little opportunity for the UK’s artists and makers to influence and invent the objects and interactions that will animate this arena. Seeking to re-address this balance our Craft + Technology Residencies supported development of Chloe Meineck’s RFID enabled Music Memory Box for dementia sufferers, Patrick Laing’s motion sensitive lampshade for public spaces, and Heidi Hinder’s Hug & Pay alternative to currency. Each idea demonstrated how powerful the fusion of craft and technology could be, articulating how “material” skills and knowledge could contribute to making this digital agenda more meaningful and the outcomes more tangible. We’re now building on this work with a current call for a Magician in Residence and a plan to launch Objects Sandbox later this year.


Learn more about Watershed’s R&D work by visiting: http://wshd.to/ishedprojects


Craft + Technology Residencies is a Watershed programme, delivered in collaboration with the Crafts Council, i-DAT at Plymouth University and Autonomatic at Falmouth University. It was supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The Pervasive Media Studio is housed within Watershed, in the Harbourside area of Bristol. Every Friday we host Open Studios, which begins at 1pm with a free lunchtime talk. It’s open to all, so why not pack a sandwich and join us?

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