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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 biotechnology 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.

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Managing uncertainty in urban adaptation planning

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), has published a policy brief that examines how city officials are managing the uncertainty of scientific evidence about climate change adaptation, and outlines steps to improve the effectiveness of response measures.

The growing urban population, expected to reach 5 billion over the next 20 years, is already exerting large pressure on infrastructures and services such as water and sanitation. Further disruption is expected as a result of climate change through rising temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, higher sea levels, as well as droughts and floods. Unplanned settlements are often at high risk from these impacts.

Adapting to the predicted changes requires local planning, and this should be based on scientific information.

But the details of how climate change will impact cities, or how officials can best respond, are still not fully understood. City planners will need to take this uncertainty into consideration when designing and implementing adaptation projects.

The brief draws on experiences from 14 cities that are leading the way in adaptation planning through the use of scientific information, and implementing innovative ways to deal with uncertainty.

 

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