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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It's not what you know ...

In 1997, Dr Andy Hildebrand – a geophysicist – launched what was to become the best-selling music software plug-in of all time. After 13 years as a research scientist working for Exxon and others on methods for interpreting seismological data using DSP techniques, Hildebrand found a number of musical applications for the approaches he had developed. His big seller was Autotune, which solved the then impossible trick of correcting the pitch of vocals and instruments. Famously over-used in the 1998 Cher song Believe, Autotune is nevertheless now ubiquitous and hascomealong way from its roots in oil exploration.


It is a great example of how techniques developed for one market can earn major revenues in others.


As the UK moves forward in these straitened times, when research investment funding will continue to be scarce, there is much to be learned from getting the most from “new to me” applications as distinct from “new”. As the KTNs work increasingly to a challenge-led agenda, many of the quick- win opportunities are going to come from novel applications of existing technologies to new fields.


Some of the opportunities for technology transfer are obvious: applications of adaptive optics techniques to ophthalmoscopy, for example, but what else might be possible? Is your company or university sitting on


a capability that could be transferred to another domain? A major element of the power of the KTNs is the chance to join up problems and capabilities. This means that it makes a lot of sense for you to ensure that people know about what you have to offer, or what problems you are trying to solve. Participating in the KTN is an effective way to do this.

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