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Materials and Design for Alzheimer’s

In November 2015, KTN ran a symposium looking at the issues faced by people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, with a view to identifying ways in which materials innovation (and design...

Design for life - Sir Kenneth Grange RDI in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams

For the 2016 MaDE Annual Lecture, Sir Kenneth Grange will be in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams, author of British Design (MOMA) and Periodic Tales, the Curious Life of the Elements....

The Future of Digital Health: Human-centred Design for Wellbeing

Introduced by Edward Hobson and Mitra Memarzia from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), this session at New Designers hosted four industry speakers – each with a very unique product and...

New Designers, New Material Thinking

It is obvious that product design necessarily relies on the use of materials. But making proper use of materials technology can complement, inspire or enable innovations in design. ...

Industry Meets New Designers

KTN’s Thursday Late at New Designers focussed on communicating the value of design to industry.   Opening the talks, KTN CEO Chris Warkup spoke about how he was inspired by...

Funding Clinic at New Designers

At New Designers 2015, the Knowledge Transfer Network’s (KTN) Head of Access to Funding & Finance (A2FF) Ian Tracey gave an overview of the funding and support opportunities available to...

Designing our Future – tutors’ discussion with the Design Council

A panel discussion and open forum examining the future of design and the skills that designers will need to compete in the future took place at New Designers 2015. The first half of the...

Design4Life: How the New Trends in Health, Food and Biotech are Changing our Lives

With the world’s population of 7.2 billion projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, this rapid growth in the occupancy of our planet is creating unprecedented challenges in the management of...

Urban Design for Future Lifestyles and Human Behaviours: Making our Cityscapes People-Focused

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) hosted an exciting challenge-led workshop at the New Designers exhibition, inviting a broad range of industry and design experts to help three city...

Designing the Future of Wearable Technology Today

The Knowledge Transfer Network’s (KTN) Digital Economy Manager Mitra Mermazia introduced a session that brought together some of the UK’s leading designers, researchers and entrepreneurs...

Powering Up Your Design Senses

The Powering Up Your Design Senses Workshop introduced delegates to the concept of smart sensing and energy harvesting. Energy harvesting involves harvesting ambient energy from the...

The Role of Design in Grant Funding Applications – An Applied Perspective

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Director Steve Welch brought his experience to bear on the grant application process, both as a software engineer and innovation manager.   ...

New Designers 2015 - KTN member discount

Now celebrating its 30th year, New Designers showcases over 3000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses and attracts 18,000 visitors from design,...

You Have Been Upgraded: showcasing science and design

A festival exploring contemporary advancements by scientists, artists and designers will be taking place at the Science Museum this month 25-27 March.   You Have Been Upgraded is...

Impact Protection Workshop

At the end of 2014, KTN ran a workshop focussed on impact protection – an area of particular interest to the sports and defence industries, but also applicable to the care and health...

New Green Paper - recommendations for Europe-wide materials & design integration

Recommendations for greater integration of the materials science and design communities across Europe have been published by EC project InnoMatNet. Despite the relevance of materials...

Designers - which 'Ones to Watch' according to the Design Council

To mark its 70th anniversary this year, the Design Council has identified 70 emerging designers that it is calling 'Ones to Watch'.   The designers were selected from initiatives...

Design Innovation for the Circular Economy - report available

This KTN project examined how installed façades could be more effectively recycled during the demolition of buildings at end of life.    The concept of design for disassembly...

Design’s value to UK economy soars

The design sector contributed £3.1 billion to the UK economy last year – a massive rise of nearly 25 per cent from the previous year, according to new government figures.   The...

Read the latest MADE materials & design e-zine - free to KTN members!

MADE, the magazine of the KTN's Materials and Design Exchange, is now available as a free e-zine, exclusively to KTN members.   We are keen to hear your views about MADE...
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Tue 09 Feb 2016

Materials and Design Exchange Annual Lecture 2016 - Sir Kenneth Grange

18:00 until 21:00

Design for life - Sir Kenneth Grange RDI in conversation with Hugh Aldersey-Williams Hosted by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) From the Kenwood mixer (1960) and 125 HST train (1972) to the...

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Thu 11 Feb 2016

Designing in Plastics Now and Then

09:30 until 16:00

Designing in Plastics Now and Then: a hands on workshop for designers and industrialists at MoDiP MoDiP, the Museum of Design in Plastics February 11th 2016 – Arts University Bournemouth The KTN is...

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Tue 23 Feb 2016

Energy Game Changer - Brokerage Events

09:30 until 15:00

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.5 million in technical feasibility studies to encourage new entrants to the energy sector and stimulate the adoption of disruptive technologies. The aim of this...

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