A NEW PROFESSION, KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER, HAS EMERGED TO MANAGE THE PROCESS OF TURNING TECHNOLOGY, KNOW-HOW, EXPERTISE AND SKILLS INTO INNOVATIVE, COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.

SIR BRIAN FENDER FInstKT, President

"The IKT sets standards for development of the knowleedge transfer profession and addresses issues surrounding accreditation, certification and training. The Institute is a major force, helping knowledge transfer professionals work effectively by drawing on best international practice.

Existing bodies bring together the organisations involved in knowledge transfer. IKT is different. It is dedicated solely to meeting the needs of the individuals involved in knowledge transfer; the professionals which make this dynamic new industry.

The growing need to commercialise the output of publicly-funded research and knowledge intensive activity - be it in the sciences, to the arts and social sciences - is evidenced by the fact that there are around 12,500 knowledge transfer professionals employed in the UK and Ireland.

There is an urgent requirement to turn cutting edge research into viable business propositions quickly; to effectively increase the rate of research outputs. Business, intermediaries and development organisations can make this happen. The development of this fresh, new profession will have a major role in the successful commercialisation of research and other knowledge-intensive activity for the benefit of the economy and society.

As a membership organisation, IKT recognises that its stakeholders and members should play a significant part in the future direction of the Institute and that the governance and management structures should reflect this. The Board and its committees will be fairly elected and appointed and the composition balanced to reflect the range of interests in knowledge transfer."

PROFESSOR MIKE SMITH MInstKT, Chairman

"IKT is the institute for knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer, innovation and knowledge management professionals; for those NOW CLOSED.

Our members are eligible to take part in the IKT Innovation Tours where they gain direct insight into an organisation's innovative plans, structures and achievements. Not only this, but members are always likely to meet with serious colleagues in the knowledge world around the networking lunch provided.

Members have confirmed to us that Continuing Professional Development is of great importance to them personally and in response we've developed a pathway of CPD sessions which together form our Certificate of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange (Cert.IKT). Supplementing this, members may join in our Mentoring programme that enables direct career development with an established knowledge professional.

In addition, organisations can now apply to receive the IKT's Quality Mark, our new benchmark for an innovation process or activity that should provide peer recognition in their industry sector.

Finally, our most exciting announcement; IKT's new journal, InImpact - The Journal of Innovation Impact,- will be accepting papers shortly online and aims to go into print in 2014 alongside our returning membership magazine exchange.

I hope you will agree there are dynamic and exciting reasons to be a member of the IKT and we look forward to hearing your suggestions of how you can shape your institute by NOW CLOSED.”