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 Electronics, Sensors, Photonics 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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Developing engineering solutions for Horticulture and the Potato food chain HIP event


More than 70 delegates attended the joint workshop held by the ES-KTN and Horticultural Innovation Partnership at Begbroke Science Park.

In a packed programme, delegates heard from Ed Moorhouse of G’s, Dr Steve Tones of the Horticultural Research Company and Dr Mike Storey of the Potato Council who all set out a compelling set of challenges to be addressed in the horticulture and potato supply chain, swiftly followed by specific examples from a host of industry speakers.

Professor Simon Blackmore, Head of Engineering at Harper Adams University provided the first set of possibilities in terms of engineering solutions, followed by 20 different speakers who used their quick fire, 2-minute pitch to outline what they were offering as possible solutions to some of the challenges presented.

Delegates had a pack of slides which included details of the offers being made by each delegate and their contact details, to facilitate effective networking over lunch.

After a busy networking lunch interval, Calum Murray from the SAFIP announced the details of the new call which opens in September: ‘Engineering solutions to enhance agrifood production’ and we finished up with Prof. Jerry Knox of East Malling Research and Tony Harding of Worldwide Fruit sharing their experiences in successfully applying for funding from a previous SAFIP call.

Details of all the presentations including the 40 slides with contact details from both problem holders and solution providers are available to view at:


Video coverage of the event is available to view at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLddRfvph7URQSYmQ2-HIXGFDljc2lAXdS

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