KTN Network

The Knowledge Transfer Networks

The KTN is an independent body which supports the delivery of National Advisory Committee advice to the decision makers in the Aerospace and Defence Commuinity. The Aerospace Defence KTN is a steering committee representing industry, academia, Department Trade Industry and Ministry of Defence.


A KTN dedicated to advancing the UK biopharmaceutical bioprocessing sector through building powerful networks of academics and industrialists and by benchmarking, developing and promoting the UK's bioprocessing capability.


Bioscience for Business brings together a diverse knowledge base specialising in biotechnology, plant and crop-based expertise and links into the UK marine biotechnology community. Generating new multidisciplinary opportunities, the KTN offers new benefits for industry and new ideas for biorenewable supply chains.


The Chemistry Innovation KTN has been set up with government and academic support to bring together a range of expert people and organisations that can assist with large or small science, engineering or manufacturing changes in your business.


The Creative Industries Technology Innovation Network (CITIN) will work with a variety of creative industries including: advertising; architecture; art and antiques markets; computer and video games; crafts; design; designer fashion; film and video; music; performing arts; publishing; software; television and radio. It will identify and clarify the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing technology landscape and bring together creative industry companies, technology providers and researchers to exploit this potential, drive innovation, and secure the UK's international competitiveness.


The Cyber Security KTN will be the single focal point for UK Cyber Security expertise to identify universal challenges and develop effective response, influence UK government policy and investment strategy, improve the UK security baseline through accelerated innovation, harness and promote UK capability internationally.


The Digital Communications KTN members share White papers on technical developments and business planning, case studies of new business ventures, coordination in research programmes, links to business sectors inside and outside the communications environment, information on developing regulation and standards and an industry technology roadmap


The Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN's mission is to assist UK industry with research and technology-transfer activities in the design, development and manufacture of complex products with integrated electronic and mechanical function and aims to bring cutting-edge technology into today's market place.


A key objective of the Electronics-KTN is to provide access for companies right across the electronics value chain, to knowledge that will help them to understand how to capitalise on their innovations.


The Food Processing KTN facilitates the introduction of new techniques and equipment to increase the efficiency and quality of the food manufacturing industry in the UK and aims to be recognised as a world class initiator, translator and disseminator of research and knowledge to the UK Food Processing sector.


Grid Computing Now is an overarching network for GridUK and IECnet. The KTN?s aim is to help share knowledge and experience about the rapidly advancing field of grid computing between colleagues in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to help promote and deliver this new wave of computing innovation.


The Health Technologies KTN?s aim is to capitalise on the UK?s potential in Europe's Medical Devices market by bringing together a diverse knowledge base and supporting networking and collaborations between partnerships to drive innovation and position the UK at the forefront of the market.


The Industrial Mathematics KTN harvests the UK's world-leading strengths in modelling and analysis to accelerate innovation. The KTN unlocks value in business operations, products and services, illuminating the best ways forward for companies and giving early warnings of potential difficulties.


Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) have huge potential to reduce the environmental impact of road transport, increase productivity through reduced congestion and improve the safety and security of the road transport network. The ITS provides a platform to bring together industry thinking stimulate collaborative working across ITS industries, services, and R&D. The ITS KTN is led by innovITS, the UK Centre of Excellence for Transport Telematics and Sustainable Mobility.


The Environmental KTN draws together organisations and businesses that deal with environmental pollution in land, waste and water and assists industry to meet the demands of regulatory and business drivers for the integrated management and remediation of environmental pollution.


The Location and Timing KTN supports the UK's drive to lead Europe in location-based services and technology. The KTN aims to encourage traditional British industries to integrate location and timing applications into their systems to encourage development and position the UK as the technology leader.


This KTN brings together organisations to focus on two priorities, Low Carbon Technologies and Fuel Cell Technologies. To meet the UK and global targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the KTN is supporting the development of a range of low carbon and fuel cell technologies for better energy efficiency.


The Materials KTN aims to bring together the views of all in business, design, research and technology organisations, trade associations, the financial market, academia and others in an overarching value network across the materials community.


The Nanotechnology KTN has been established to provide a market-oriented focus for the facilities, people and organisations engaged in Micro and Nanotechnologies in the UK and to lower entry barriers and drive the widespread market development and exploitation of these technologies.


The Modern Built Environment KTN has been established to intensify technological innovation within the modern built environment through improved knowledge transfer. The KTN will achieve this through a series of activities, which will identify and communicate information on new and emerging technological innovations that are both relevant and applicable to key industry sectors.


The Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network is set up to bring together businesses, designers, research and technology organisations, trade associations, the financial market, academia and others in the value network across the optics and photonics community. The KTN and its network groups will provide a range of activities and initiatives to enable the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of business innovation. The KTN will work closely with government, and will be the route for advice to DTI on the support needed by the photonics community, and the effectiveness of its photonics strategy.


The Resource Efficiency KTN helps UK industry and commerce minimise waste through the development and implementation of innovative technologies and processes aimed at increasing business competitiveness and leading towards environmental and financial sustainability.


The Sensors and Instrumentation KTN covers the whole of the UK?s sensing community, from academics and large industries to small businesses, research councils and government departments. The KTN embraces sensing in its entirety - from the principles of measurement to novel sensor technologies, deployment in the field and data analysis.


The UK Displays and Lighting KTN encourages commercial and industrial collaborations between partners and supports the sector with tutorials, workshops, seminars and training that results in the creation of wealth for the UK in the displays and lighting sector.