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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KTN supporting New Designers 2016 exhibition — 6 to 9 July at BDC in Islington

Billed as the UK&'s most important exhibition for emerging design, New Designers 2016 (on 6 to 9 July at BDC in Islington) includes workshops hosted by KTN, including a Materials & Design Clinic.

Readers can book day tickets in advance for £10.50 using discount code NDKTN.


Thursday Late: 07 July | Creative Thinking for Commercial Success

As part of this year’s Thursday Late programme at Part 2, we’re joining forces with New Designers 2016 and its partners the Institute of Directors, IORMA and The Manufacturer to invite leading industrialists, entrepreneurs and investors – who usually work outside of the creative sector – along to see the show.

Start thinking big with inspirational words from the KTN’s special-guest keynote speakers. Find out how designers drive innovation in big business, and how creative thinking is intrinsic to commercial success.

Hear from industry heavyweights including:

  • Clive Grinyer, Customer Experience Director at Barclays
  • Kevin McCullagh, Founder, Plan product-service strategists



Design for Alzheimer’s and Dementia - The Inside Story

Friday 08 July | Talks & Clinics | 10.45am - 11.30am

800,000 people in the UK live with dementia, rising to 1 million+ by 2025 and 2 million by 2051 (Alzheimer’s Society), and thoughtful design can make a real improvement to their daily experiences.

Hear from an inspirational group of design-entrepreneurs to share top tips and inside stories on bringing dementia-friendly products to market. You’ll also learn about the KTN dementia innovation panel, which supports design-led start-ups across the UK with user and carer insights plus technical, financial and commercialisation advice.

Speakers include Hazel Boyd, DesignAbility;, Jon Wingrave, Alzheimer’s Society and Michael Wolff, Michael Wolff & Company.


3D Printing Part One - Design Freedom

11.45am - 12.30pm

3D printing is revolutionising many aspects of our lives - from replica aircraft parts to implants and even customised chocolates. Discover how top designers are pushing the creative possibilities of additive manufacturing technologies, and how future 3D software will make it even easier to bring your designs to life.

Speakers include Paul Cowell, Simply Rhino; Duncan Fitzsimons, 7th Design & Invention; Nick Grace, Adams Watt; and Romain Kidd, My Mini Factory.


3D Printing Part Two - Material Choices

12.45pm - 1.30pm

Materials are key to the growth of 3D printing, and to the designer's freedom to be truly imaginative. Learn about the current realities of printing with metals, elastomers, polymers and composites, and find out how designers and materials scientists might work together to improve future 3D material choices.

Speakers include Sarat Babu, Betatype; Sally Beken, KTN and Richard Jackson, UCL. 


Materials & Design Clinic

10.00am - 4.00pm

Experts from the Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) Partnership will be at New Designers on 8 July, visiting exhibitors on their stands to offer advice on materials and process selection, new technologies (robotics to sensors) as well as manufacturing and design innovation. MaDE Partners include Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). 

If you are exhibiting at New Designers 2016 and working with materials or emerging technologies for design this is a hugely valuable opportunity to receive feedback from experienced industry figures and expand your professional network.

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