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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ABPI 2014 Skills Review

The ABPI last surveyed the UK STEM skills landscape for our industry in 2008 (The survey report is available here.); the survey identified some general issues and trends and some specific disciplines where it was most difficult to find appropriately skilled recruits. 

The findings of the survey led to a number of recommendations including introducing formal accreditation of undergraduate degrees by the Society of Biology. We are pleased to note that accreditation has been widely welcomed by universities and that 93 programmes at 19 universities have been accredited to date.

ABPI now wish to revisit the skills areas mapped in 2008 and seek issues around other areas where we believe there may be concerns. Our aims are to:

  • Benchmark changes in the current and future skills needs for the pharmaceutical industry against those identified in 2008
  • Assess how well the UK education and skills system is meeting these needs
  • Identify activities and actions by the various stakeholders, including Government, research and training funders, academe and industry which could further address skills needs identified

There are six subject areas within the survey, any area that is not relevant can be skipped, and a respondent can select specific disciplines within the area to comment on. The six areas are:

  • Biological science areas
  • Chemical science areas
  • Clinical areas
  • Pharmacy areas
  • Informatics, computational, mathematical and statistics areas
  • Regulatory areas

The survey will remain open until 28 November. It should not take more than 10 minutes to complete unless the respondent is commenting on a large number of disciplines.

Copies of the final report will be provided to those who complete the survey and provide their email address on the final page.

Complete the ABPI 2014 Skills Review survey here.