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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 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.

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Improving Urban Mobility without new Infrastructure - report now available

Report now available to download

Considerable research and discussion is taking place across the globe, as many of the world's largest cities are approaching maximum capacity with regard to their existing transport infrastructures (see here for an introduction to some of the key themes).

In March, the Transport KTN ran a stimulating workshop involving senior stakeholders from across industry and academia (read about the workshop here) and we have now published a summary of the key findings, which you can download from our document library here

The success of the event itself proved that there is an appetite for looking at this problem now, and a real desire for collaboration and fresh thinking across the transport industry.

Transport KTN director, Neil Ridley, said

"We were delighted by the response to the initial round table event that has led to the publication of this report.  Everyone in this country is affected by transport and mobility in one way or another.  By bringing together so many diverse parties we have been able to identify a substantial amount of common ground but also highlight areas where future collaboration and creative thinking could bring real benefits to the general public, freight organisations and transport operating companies [to name but a few]."

 

The report identifies three key steps required to make further progress: research, knowledge exchange and better collaboration.

Key points from the workshop:

  • Any enlightened approach to urban mobility needs to recognise that 1) the development and maintenance of infrastructure and 2) land use, urban form and spatial planning remain fundamental cornerstones of urban mobility and should not be overlooked in the search for novel solutions.
  • Traveller behavioural change will be important and we need to understand more about user needs and preferences in order to make properly informed decisions that effectively influence behaviours. 
  • The appropriate balance between mobility which meets user wishes and mobility which the user has to accept is not yet clear.
  • Work needs to be conducted on the exploitation of data, on business models and, on an ongoing basis, on future technologies.
  • A broad view is required of the quality of decision-making needed to inform future mobility.  In particular there are merits in a systems approach, in capturing and using the best international experience, in considering synergies with adjacent sectors, and in adopting a policy framework to give a stable long-term perspective for decision-making.
  • A particular challenge is the governance that will be required to provide joined-up thinking and to drive forward an approach to an urban mobility environment which respects and encourages both public and private sectors to play their part effectively.
  • A collaborative approach to urban mobility development will be of considerable value.

An integrated approach to intelligent mobility is a key driving force behind the Transport KTN, and we are looking forward to developing these findings into actionable points at a future workshop.

 

Read the report now.

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