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 Defence Security 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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Big Data mission to New Zealand

The British High Commission in New Zealand is pleased to announce that it will host a UK-to-NZ mission on Big Data to visit Wellington and/or Auckland, New Zealand around 12 to 20 February, 2015.

A UK Big Data mission will support commercially-orientated collaborative research in New Zealand’s emerging big data, complex systems, and applications research sector. The mission will coincide with two New Zealand conferences on Big Data.

The first conference (www.multicoreworld.com/) will be held in Wellington. Entitled Multicore, it will include Computing for SKA (Square Km Array telescope) in New Zealand. Now on its 4th edition, world experts will come together for two days of sessions in high-technology evolution and its applications. Collocated with Multicore (17-18 February) is the workshop "HPC in the Cloud -the case of the SKA" (19-20 February). More details should be announced soon on the conference website. Note, the High Commission will also shortly announce a mission on ‘Sensors in the Built Environment’.

The second conference on Neuro-Computing and Evolving Intelligence (NCEI'15  www.kedri.aut.ac.nz/events/all-events )will be held at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), 19-20 February 2015 in the Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place in, Auckland. The theme of the conference is 'Intelligence Information Technology for Big Data' and topics will include:

-          Novel methods of computational intelligence,

-          Neurocomputing and neuroinformatics, Bioinformatics,

-          Data mining and decision support, Pattern Recognition and the Study of Creativity.:

-          Big and Stream Data Analytics

-          Spiking Neural Network Computation

-          High Performance Neuromorphic System

-          Novel Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)

-          Novel Motion Data Analysis Technology

-          Predictive Personalised Modelling of non-Communicable Diseases

-          Predicting Response to Treatment

-          Personalised Modelling in Bioinformatics

-          Predictive Modelling on Ecological and Environmental Data

-          Big Data in Radio-Astronomy

-          Computer Vision and Image Processing for Dynamic Data Analysis

-          Visualisation of Scientific Data

-          Novel Human-Computer Interfaces

-          Complex System Optimisation

-          Collaborative and Distributed Systems Design

Some funding (up to £1500) will be available to some 4 UK R&D participants who seek to pursue a commercially-orientated collaboration with NZ (on a first-come basis for those who qualify. You are encouraged to register and attend one or both conferences according to your interests. Registration details should be available from the websites in the near future.

Please respond to the questions below and e-mail Steve.Thompson@fco.gov.uk if you would be interested to join the mission.

Questions for UK applicants:

1. Name and position of applicant:  

2. Applicant’s organisation name and address: 

3. Nature of your organisation's business and R&D interest:  

4. Organisations you would like to meet in New Zealand:

5. Types of R&D collaboration you wish to pursue in NZ, and potential contacts

6. Any other comments.