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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Materials and Design for Alzheimer’s Symposium

KTN Materials and Design for Alzheimer’s symposium

The Materials, Health & Design team at the KnowledgeTransfer Network (KTN) are launching an exciting new initiative aimed at stimulating the market for products and environments which are inclusive of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

KTN is the UK’s innovation network, established by Innovate UK to build better links between science, creativity and business.

The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 and Innovate UK’s Long Term Care Revolution Challenge are the main drivers of KTN’s programme, which also builds on the 2012 Design Council Dementia Challenge.

A symposium is planned for 19 November at which 25-30 key influencers from design, materials science, Alzheimer’s care, research and policy will discuss how to make a difference in policy, standards etc but above all to encourage industry action. The fresh ingredient is advanced materials - from smart textiles to nano technologies - which in the right design hands would lead to products, vehicles, clothing and interiors with improved safety features, sensory stimulation and intelligence. All of which help can sustain independent living in the community. 

The materials industry is a significant contributor to UK GDP and integral to all forms of manufacturing. However a gap exists between the amazing possibilities materials can offer and their application in day to day care, including all forms of dementia. The aim is to begin to close that gap and to help towards more enriched lives for older people, their familes and carers.

As a flavour of the day, all participants will have a chance to be trained as a Dementia Friend by former NHS Innovations designer Colum Lowe; Madeleine Starr of Carers UK is contributing to a carers’ testimonial session; we’ll learn how sensory changes influence product needs and share examples of best practice in design and materials-led approaches.

The afternoon will be devoted to a multi-disciplinary workshop exploring potential outcomes - from product development to building standards and, as a first step, a UK design for Alzheimer’s consortium. Closing remarks will be given by rapporteurs Iain McGregor, Director KTN, andProfessor Paul Rodgers, Northumbria University.

Register Here