Thursday, 14 April 2011

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Knowledge Transfer Network Event - 12th April

Event details:
The aim of this event was to showcase the Technology Strategy Board's (TSB) Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) and opportunities for businesses and academics. There was also representation from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and The Scottish Government.

I was interested in attending this event as I was keen on hearing more about KTN activity and the TSB in general. The first few sessions showcased KTNs from a TSB perspective and introduced the TSB's '_connect' website ( that provides an opportunity to keep track of what each KTN is doing. I thought that the website in particular provided an excellent opportunity to keep up-to-speed with what is happening at TSB; you could also find people with specific expertise.

After the morning sessions we had to choose from one of three talks. I attended the discussion on digital healthcare, which included information on telehealth/telecare/m-health etc and had input from various KTNs including HealthTech and Medicines, Digital, Creative Industries and Electronics, Sensors, Photonics.

We then had lunch (sandwiches, wraps, sausage rolls, fruit salad - nice) and networked with other delegates. The day finished with a Q&A session with a panel...although only about half of the delegates were left which was a bit of a shame.

All in all, a good event. We handed out some info on Cafe Connect and a lot of people came to see us at our dot.rural stand - thank you v much to Nimbe for bringing all the showcase material on the train! We also took a couple of photos...

If you want to watch any of the keynote speeches then you can access them at: