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Nature Inspired Solutions

In the past biomimicry or biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, applications, and alternative ways of production.

Like all special Innovation Networks (formerly SIG’s) run by KTN, the aim is to convene people who wouldn’t normally meet; to learn, connect and explore opportunities. This Innovation Network focusses on the application of Nature Inspired Solutions across transport, infrastructure and energy. Through organising networking events, showcases and raising awareness by sharing best practice and success stories, we are building a cross-sector community and driving positive change. We work across academia and industry to ensure that ideas are translated into real-world applications, thus accelerating route to market.

We are currently in the process of building a landscape map and a commercial opportunity report to help accelerate growth and market uptake in the relevant sectors. If you would like to contribute or feature on this map, get in touch with Emma McKenna.

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Emma McKenna

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Funding Opportunities

British Antarctic Survey: decarbonising polar vehicles

BAS is using KTN’s Innovation Exchange to look for solutions to help decarbonise the polar vehicles used at its Sky Blu Logistics Facility.

Opens: 14/09/2020 Closes: 23/10/2020

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British Antarctic Survey: decarbonising the energy supply at Antarctic research stations

BAS is using KTN’s Innovation Exchange to search for solutions to purchase to decarbonise its energy demand for heating, hot water and power at two of its island research stations – Bird Island and Signy.

Opens: 14/09/2020 Closes: 23/10/2020

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17th December

Addressing the Challenge of Microfibres - from source of production to environmental contamination

The Microplastics Network and UK Circular Plastics Network are pleased to host this online event bringing together the key players working to address the microfibre issue across industry, academia and policy to discuss the current research, challenges and solutions.

Register here

News

11.08.2020

Multiple innovation impacts through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

KTP Awards reflect diversity of this cross sector funding opportunity.

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28.09.2020

KTN is helping the British Antarctic Survey with a search for innovators

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking to purchase innovative solutions to help meet its net zero carbon target. Two challenging asks have been listed on KTN’s Innovation Exchange.  First, BAS is looking for solutions to help decarbonise the polar vehicles used at its Sky Blu Logistics Facility.  And secondly, the organisation is seeking solutions which decarbonise its energy demand for heating, hot water and power at two of its island research stations – Bird Island and Signy.

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