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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Transport Seminars at Innovate 11 - Including webinars

Come along to some of the transport and travel seminars at innovate11, and get involved in the discussions. If you can't be there in person, the 10:25am rail seminar and the 2:00pm End to End Low Carbon story will also be available as webinars – all members of the Innovate 11 group will be able to log in, view and listen live, and ask questions interactively.

See below for information on three innovate11 seminars of particular relevance to anyone interested in branching into - or already involved in - the travel and transport sectors.  These are:

  1. rail innovation at 10:25am in the auditorium;
  2. intelligent mobility at 11:30am in room F/E, and
  3. end to end low carbon at 2pm in the auditorium.

And don't forget to come and visit the Transport KTN team in the Transport Zone at stand T9, next to Gordon Murray Design.

10:25-11:25, Auditorium

Travel and Transport: "The 2011 train to Rail Innovation will soon be leaving the station"

Businesses from all sectors wishing to board this train should join this seminar to find out about the new opportunities opening up for innovation in rail.

What will the seminar cover??

Historically the rail industry has struggled with innovation. Innovation has been slow, and access to market is difficult for businesses, particularly those outside the rail industry. The structure of the industry has also presented barriers to innovation, particularly in areas requiring cross-industry collaboration.

However the rail industry is developing new approaches to innovation and the recent Sir Roy McNulty Value for Money study has highlighted the need for innovation to reduce costs, and recommended a number of changes to industry structure to help overcome barriers.

The Technology Strategy Board is also working with the rail industry to support business innovation (for example with the upcoming £4m funding competition). What will you learn??

This session will highlight the new opportunities opening up in rail as a result of industry initiatives and Technology Strategy Board involvement. There will be a panel discussion with senior industry figures, and opportunity for questions and input from the audience. It will cover what is being done by the industry, what more needs to be done to strengthen innovation and the opportunities for businesses from within and beyond the rail sector to get involved.

There is also an opportunity to participate in the webinar - more info about this can be found here.

11:30-12:30, Room F/E

Travel and Transport: "Mobility with Intelligence in 2015

Mobility is our engine room for economic growth, travel and how we maintain mobility for pleasure and business is likely to be significantly challenged with population growth, our reliance on personal transport increasing daily, not to mention limited ability to expand infrastructure and congested cities. Our inner cities account for 80% of GDP.

Join this session to debate how we can apply intelligence to mobility, and how innovation in mobility with intelligence in can sustain economic growth.

What will the seminar cover??

The problem is defining the business and innovation opportunities to overcome economic stability in heavily congested environments, how to envisage grid lock in our cities and local communities, and seek tools and indicators of the barriers to overcome.

The seminar will brainstorm impact scenarios and the effects these scenarios would have on our ability to intelligently move people and goods with the arteries of travel networks and modes being blocked – this is not about mass transit of people in public transport – it’s about flexibility and optimisation of assets to drive mobility efficiencies for the good of businesses and best quality of life.

The solution would be an invitation into a process going forward – engaging a community that needs mobility through inter connecting machines.

Why attend?

Moderated by Stephen Hart of the Technology Strategy Board, you will want to join this session if you want a real insight into a fundamental REAL problem that needs to be resolved – a real opportunity to match make different industries across the mobility space.

Join this session to create the future of how we travel and move goods for the good of economic growth – “be the designers of the innovation engine for economic growth”.

Who should attend?

The session will be of particular interest to industry players from ICT, Multimedia, Sustainability, Digital, IT integrators, LEP’s, telecoms, traffic management, automotive, finance, retail, leisure and health – who ever feels that mobility is an issue for their business or personally.

14:00-15:00, Auditorium

Energy and Transport: "End to End Low Carbon Story", with Graham Cooley. Dennis Hayter, Andy Stanford-Clark 

Reducing the CO2 emissions from transport is not just about the vehicles, it’s also about where the energy comes from and getting the energy to the right place. The challenge is to tell the end-to-end story, to integrate the different parts of the energy and transport systems for a low carbon future.

Using the example of hydrogen in transport, this session will explore the integration challenges in linking energy and transport systems. Hydrogen can be made a number of ways, including renewably. Hydrogen vehicles are coming. We can do refuelling. But how can industry work together to join it all up and make the different parts work together, and make the case for further investment?

Facilitated by Richard Kemp-Harper, Lead Technologist -Transport and Energy, Technology Strategy Board, this session will be joined by a panel of speakers from energy providers, users, and product developers. It will be run as a panel session starting with interviews with representatives of businesses in different areas, and a panel discussion with opportunity for questions and input from the audience.

Who should attend?

The sessions will particularly benefit Energy, transport, fuel cell and hydrogen businesses.

There is also an opportunity to participate in the webinar - more info about this can be found here.

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