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 Materials 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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Could a 3rd year physics student test or improve your product?

Lancaster University is offering an opportunity for businesses and organisations to take advantage of a team of highly-motivated and skilled undergraduates to work on specific projects at little or no cost. Projects run in previous years have delivered tangible benefits for businesses, including products that can be commercially developed. Interested businesses do not have to pay for the time of the students or academics, although they may need to provide specialised equipment or materials that are specific to their problem. Projects often lead to further funded research and development.

In this scheme their 3rd-year undergraduate Physics students work over a year in small teams on an industrial project as part of their degree. Projects can include initial investigation of a new idea, testing or improvement of new devices, materials or concepts, producing prototype equipment. They take projects from a large range of organisations: SMEs, multinationals or even non‐commercial organizations such as a local authority.

Examples of recent projects

  • Testing novel plastic films for the food packaging industry
  • Investigating light scattering for commercial smoke detectors
  • Studying the properties of gas diffusion layers for fuel cells
  • Developing an automated rig for testing cleaning products

Find out more at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/physics/business/access-our-students/industrial-group-projects

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