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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.

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Green Photonics

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of seeing the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on a bright, sunny, autumnal day. This was the venue the Welsh Opto-Electronics Forum (WOF) had chosen for a conference on Green Photonics.

Dave Rimmer set the scene explaining how the WOF does many of the things that the KTN does and does them specifically to support Wales. But the emphasis was on making the "connection between laboratories and the world of commerce ...  and improve the D in R&D" (as the UK Science Minister David Willetts described it on Radio 4 yesterday).

The event was very much taking this theme forward and the challenge was made by Professor John Harries (Welsh Government's Chief Scientific Adviser) who challenged those present to make the case to the Government that Photonics was a sound investment in terms of wealth creation.

The keynote speaker was Michael Lebby from Translucent in California. He gave a good overview of the global photonics market and where the growth areas were. He identified Wales as having specific strengths that are globally competitive. He also referred to the Light Up The World programme (www.lutw.org) and illustrated this with an image from the LUTW and OIDA files showing the use of solar electricity LED lighting systems (see my earlier blogs and the LUTW site).

The other speakers showed the strength that can be developed with clever collaboration - in this case between Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities in the creation of the Centre for Advanced Functional Materials and Devices. The interplay between mathematicians, chemists, engineers, and physicists in creating models of polymers for photonic applications was inspiring.

Commercial realities were made plain when Tata Steel explained how they had exploited their existing competences to move into a new market by adapting photovoltaics to cladding materials to provide a solar electricity function to the building structure. Other companies, such as G24i showed why they are making their presence felt on the world stage and were able to wave their product around thus encouraging new ideas.

The final discussion session brought together the different threads of academic research and the world of commerce to conclude a good and stimulating day.

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