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 takes a closer look at Aviation – your chance to get engaged

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has commissioned a study to help it understand the scope of aviation and the potential areas of innovation where KTN could best add value. The study is being carried out by Richard Pitman, of Pitman & Co Ltd, working closely with the KTN Transport team.

KTN would encourage those with an interest in participating in the work to contact Richard directly.

For the purposes of this study, aviation is defined as the transportation system that carries goods and passengers by air. The constituent elements typically, and this is not an exhaustive list, include airports, airlines and air traffic management. Note the aviation industry is distinct from the aerospace industry (or more specifically aeronautics) which is concerned with the design and manufacture of aircraft.

Aviation generates billions of pounds in annual revenue for industry, providing essential services to numerous other industries, such as trade and tourism. According to the Department for Transport Aviation Policy Framework published in March 2013, in the UK the ‘air transport sector’s turnover is around £28 billion, and the sector directly generates around £10 billion of economic output. It provides about 120,000 jobs in the UK and supports many more indirectly’. However, reducing the environmental impact of aviation remains one of the most significant industry challenges, all the more so with continued growth in air travel.

This five-month study will determine areas within aviation where there are opportunities for innovation and where KTN (and Innovate UK) can make a difference by encouraging innovation and building relevant communities. Initial activities are focused around desk research and interviews with representatives of the aviation community. A workshop is planned for early in January 2016. 

The study will identify areas of opportunity where aviation technology and innovation have roles to play in the UK economy, and will propose some ordering in terms of priority of these opportunities, over the short term (within 3 years), medium term (5 to 10 years) and long term (15 years plus). 

In addition, it will provide recommendations for the types of interventions that KTN could help implement to enable innovation network creation and offer a clearer view of the issues for stakeholders such as Innovate UK.

Finally, the study will provide KTN with an aviation stakeholder map.



1 person has had something to say so far

Hi Richard, we'd be happy to work with you on this from a new materials perspective and join up with others across the domain as appropriate. A number of new materials innovations already entering the value chain, John Conti-Ramsden, Materials Chemistry
Posted on 24/10/15 15:59.

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