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.

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New ESA ITT Waste Management - deadline 16th December

Waste is a growing concern for society. In the EU alone, around 3 billion tonnes of waste are generated every year. The negative effects are increased by collateral effects such as pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and significant losses of raw materials. The composition of waste is another concern, since the waste mix is changing and the volume of hazardous materials is increasing.
Obviously, the best approach to handle all these issues is to generate as least waste as possible. The second best approach is to recycle and reuse the waste to the maximum threshold. Regulatory efforts are moving waste management towards these directions, requiring changes to the classical waste management operations.
This transformation represents a growing business opportunity for waste management industry, currently employing around  two million people and representing around 1.1% of the EU’s GDP. The EU has ambitious targets in terms of recycling aiming for 70% of waste recycling, which should create around 500,000 new jobs across Europe.
As initial starting point, the following topics, where space-based services in combination with terrestrial technologies could provide added value over current practices and operations, have been identified by relevant user communities as of high interest:
Logistics and recycling of commercial / industrial / domestic waste
Biomass / anaerobic digestion and greenhouse emissions
Landfill issues and illegal waste dumping
However, the applicants to this tender will be free to select any other waste related topic where they see a business opportunity for sustainable integrated applications and services.
Funded participation to the ARTES Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme is open to any public organisation, commercial client worldwide or space company, be it as federation of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribed to the ARTES IAP programme.
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