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 sustainability 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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Organised by IOM Communications on behalf of the Energy Materials Group of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
SMEET (sustainable materials for emerging energy technologies (SMEET) brings together a diverse range of skills and interests in the materials supply chain for emerging energy technologies. These are defined as technologies where current production rates do not challenge the materials supply but future growth may be limited through materials supply which also has an implication for cost of the final product. Examples are rare earth magnets for high efficiency DC electric motors for cars or turbines for wind and marine power, lithium for high energy density battery storage, platinum for catalysts, indium for transparent conducting oxides and for PV cells to name but a few.

The SMEET workshop will continue this theme following on from the SMEET I and II workshops which highlighted the importance of the materials supply chain and the need for innovation to get around potential issues with shortage of supply. SMEET III will be an opportunity to improve our understanding of the materials supply chain issues and assess what the new pinch points might be in these emerging energy technologies. Finally, the workshop will consider potential solutions to overcoming these limitations and consider solutions that avoid materials supply limitations.

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