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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A roadmap for Internet of Things research

From mid 2011 onwards, the Technology Strategy Board fostered an integrated programme of work focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). This meant not only strategic investment, but also the establishment of a Special Interest Group, aimed at building and engaging a UK community of innovators and researchers. As work progressed, the need to take a concerted look at IoT research issues, together with an interdisciplinary approach, became more and more apparent.

Complex research challenges need to be addressed to support the development of an IoT which has the potential to dwarf the scale of the Internet of today.  The immediate challenges are often perceived as technological – developing and supporting a global network of intelligent, interconnecting devices producing data at a scale not previously reached - but the potential scale of societal implications is equally enormous.

For the UK economy to benefit fully from the opportunities offered by the IoT, a firm understanding of the business and regulatory issues needs to be addressed. There must be a willingness to learn from other disciplines and to identify where value lies. The complexity and scale of these challenges and their interlinked nature were the rationale for an interdisciplinary effort, involving a wide community of researchers and practitioners,  who came together in July 2012 to create a roadmap for research, arguably the first of its kind in the UK.

The activity, led by Professors Rahim Tafazolli, Hamid Aghvami, Rachel Cooper, William Dutton and Dr Colin Upstill culminated in a two-day ‘meeting of minds’ in Loughborough on 11 and 12 July 2012.This report summarises the outcomes and makes important wide-ranging recommendations.

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