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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 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.

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Flood Risk Management and Modelling Competition - closes 30th September

During the course of the government’s National Flood Resilience Review, a wide variety of potential approaches to flood risk management have been highlighted, including new techniques and models for assessing land use, water flow, natural flood management, meteorological sensitivities, property-level resilience and economic impacts. At the same time, Defra’s accelerated open data programme is bringing over 8,000 environmental data sets into the public domain for the first time, many of which are relevant to the assessment of optimal catchment-wide flood risk management strategies.

In light of these developments, Defra has decided to launch a Flood Risk Management Competition, to create an opportunity for a wide range of interested parties to apply their particular areas of expertise to a specific flood risk management challenge. Building on the excellent work of the Cumbria Floods Partnership, which will issue its first report ahead of the launch event, the competition will focus on the following question:

 If you were responsible for managing the Eden catchment in Cumbria, what  flood risk  management approaches would you recommend, and why?

Entrants will be asked to focus on this practical overall policy question, while demonstrating imaginative new approaches to at least one part of the problem. Entries will take the form of a briefing paper (up to 5,000 words), with prizes awarded for both the overall quality of the analysis and for innovative thinking or modelling in specific areas.

We hope the competition will appeal to academics specialising in hydrology, geomorphology, land use, catchment management and environmental economics, to earth observation, modelling and consultancy companies, to the water and insurance sectors, and to a wide range of environmentally-focused NGOs and individuals with an interest in the topic. We are keen to encourage the formation of new inter-disciplinary teams to support a broad analysis.

The competition will be formally launched by the Environment Minister Rory Stewart at a half-day event at Defra’s London headquarters, to be held on 20th July, 2016. The event will include a presentation of previous research on the catchment, provision of a data pack including recently released data under the Defra Open Data programme, and an opportunity for networking and technology demonstrations. The competition will close on 30th September, with judging led by an experienced and multi-disciplinary panel of experts, and prizes awarded by the Minister in the autumn.

Register here to attend the briefing on the 20th July

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