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 ICT 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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CBE honour for ICT KTN chairman

Dr. Mike Short, chair of the ICT KTN’s Programme Steering Group, was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list on Saturday, in recognition of his personal contributions to the Mobile Industry.

A world renowned electronics and telecommunications expert and business leader, Dr. Short is currently President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Vice President at Telefónica Europe plc. His career spans over 37 years, with the last 24 years in Mobile Communications. Commenting on the award, he said:   

“It is a great honour to receive this personally for my contribution to the mobile industry even though many others have played such a great role. I am particularly pleased that it helps highlight how much mobile innovation and investment has done for society, skills and services. This is a truly great year to receive my medal after 25 years in the mobile industry and only 20 years since the first digital mobile phone was approved for connection to mobile networks.”

Having worked at top telecommunications and electronics firms Philips, Landis and Gyr, and BT, Dr. Short was appointed Director of Cellnet (now part of Telefonica and branded O2 UK) in 1989, dealing with infra-structure investments, commercial and roaming agreements and international business development.

He was elected Chairman of the Global GSM Association for 1995/96 and served on its Executive Board for 5 years. During this period he also he chaired the first of 10 annual Mobile Congresses in Cannes, France, started the annual GSM awards and GSM A website. He was a Board member of the WAP FORUM and founder Board member of Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).Mike also chaired the UK Mobile Data Association 1998 - 2008, and was until recently it’s Honorary President. He has also served on numerous boards, task forces and government advisory committees.

Dr Short's wider contributions were undoubtedly key when the decision to award the CBE was made. He routinely contributes to higher education, industry standards, skills development,  innovation as well as charity (among other things, he was chairman of the MDA when UK Charity text was designed, something that raised £46 million through mobile micro-payments in 2011).

Since its inception in 2007, Dr Short has chaired the Steering Board for the ICT KTN, guiding areas of activity as well as much of the content which appears on the site. Of his work with the ICT KTN, Dr. Short says:

"ICT KTN has provided a focus for better cross industry / academic dialogue in ICT and acts as an open forum for better innovation advice - from research through to impact. It has been my pleasure to Chair ICT KTN and predecessor organisations. 

I am sure this has contributed, amongst other roles in Mobile, to my listing as a CBE in the Queen's 2012 (jubilee) birthday honours." 

As President of the IET, a voluntary role lasting for 12 months, Dr. Short oversees 150,000 members across 127 countries and acts as an ambassador for the engineering and technology profession. His main current focus is on European Public policy relating to innovation: research, the responsible use of mobiles and new business development. This includes a focus on advanced mobile services and data applications including Mobile Learning, Smart Metering, Transport Telematics and Connected Healthcare.  

Members of the ICT KTN Company and Programme Steering Boards would like to offer warmest congratulations to Mike Short on the occasion of his becoming a CBE.

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