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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SysMIC - A comprehensive online course in interdisciplinary skills in the life sciences

SysMIC was developed with BBSRC funding and is a comprehensive online course in interdisciplinary skills in the life sciences.  Almost 1,500 participants have enrolled on SysMIC since its beginning in 2013.

The next SysMIC Module 1 course is starting on Monday 7th November 2016 

The course targets vulnerable skills as identified by the recent joint BBSRC, MRC and Royal Society of Biology Investigation.  SysMIC provides introductory and advanced training in mathematics, statistics and computing for bioscientists.

Key topics are:

  • Network biology
  • Mechanistic modeling, and
  • Data analysis

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Programming in MATLAB and R
  • Analysing, modelling and simulating biological systems
  • Statistical analysis for bioscience research

The materials are developed around intuitive biological examples. Each topic includes:

  • Reading materials
  • Code examples
  • Exercises
  • Quizzes
  • Hands on support provided by online tutors
  • Access to extensive mathematical background material

Three modules are available, each lasting six months and requiring about five hours work per week:

Module 1 – Introduction in Quantitative Skills for Bioscience

Module 2 – Advanced Quantitative Skills for Bioscience

Module 3 – Individual Research Project

See what students say about SysMIC here

Participants who complete a module gain a certificate detailing their achievements.  In addition, the course is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and is worth 360 points per module on their CPD scheme.  This can be used towards Chartered Biologist status.

Funding the course:

  • Discounts are available for group bookings.  Please contact the SysMIC Team at sysmic-team@sysmic.ac.uk
  • Eligible expenditure for BBSRC PhD student RTSG funds or postdoc or technician training within a grant
  • MRC flexible funding can also be used to support students.  Details can be found here

If you would like to join the next cohort or learn more about SysMIC, please contact the SysMIC team at sysmic-team@sysmic.ac.uk or see our website at http://sysmic.ac.uk.  The deadline for enrolment is Monday 24th October 2016