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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How good practice in design and data visualisation can support innovation

The use of data is becoming increasingly important to innovators across the KTN. High performance computing, cloud computing and network connectivity has facilitated public and commercially funded R&D to accelerate data generation, modelling and analysis. This has increased the ability to reuse, share, model and manipulate data to create new knowledge and innovative products and services.

“We are now firmly in the era of big data.” 

This emphatic opening to the Design Special Interest Group’s new report on Design and Data Visualisation gets straight to the point. Without doubt you have been hearing a lot, over the last few years, about the importance of collecting and measuring data to better understand the mechanisms driving business and social trends in our digital world. 

"Design and Data Visualisation: Good practice in the communication of information" showcases a range of contemporary data visualisation practitioners. By presenting case studies of their work the Design SIG aims to stimulate thinking on how design and data visualisation can support innovation and deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits.

The UK has a wealth of talent in the creative media and design industries, which puts us in a strong position to lead the development of world-beating big data products and services. This is a concise report to show examples of what’s possible through using design in data visualisation. 

You can learn more about the Design and Data Visualisation Report in a longer article by KTN's Richard Booth by clicking here, or download the full report by clicking here.