THE INSTITUTE OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER (IKT) OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ON 9 MAY 2007, BRINGS TOGETHER PEOPLE WHO HELP TO TURN WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH IN SCIENCE, THE ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES INTO PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES THAT ENHANCE THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE UK AND IRELAND.

President of the IKT, Sir Brian Fender, upon launching the IKT said: “The UK and Ireland leads the world in establishing this type of professional body. Our aim is to give people working in knowledge transfer - whether in universities, public sector research organisations, business or independent research and technology organisations - better career opportunities, widespread recognition for the value of what they do and the opportunity to involve themselves in networking with clients and colleagues around the world.”

Both Lord Sainsbury and Richard Lambert, former Director-General of the CBI, spoke at the event demonstrating their support for the Institute and its relevance to the knowledge community then and now.

Continued support exists for the Institute from those with exceptional and valued experience. Sir Brian Fender, the former Head of HEFCE and Vice Chancellor of Keele University continues as president of the IKT. Outgoing chairman Adrian Hill OBE was one of the architects behind the enormously successful Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) that continues to support knowledge transfer across the HE sector.

Dr Ian Harrison brings a wealth of experience. Ian was instrumental in the forming of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme and Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTN's).

IKT’s current Chairman Professor Mike Smith is a leading thinker and consultant on Knowledge Transfer and Innovation in the healthcare sector.

New board members bring a wide range of experience from the world of government, public sector research, universities and business, both global and local. This valued experience guides the Institute in its day to day operations.

For more information on our current board members, please click here.