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UKINNOVATION UK43 Events The total number of DC- KTN events held during the 12 months of operation to 31 July 2009 was 49. Of these, 19 were held in London, 30 in other regions of the UK. The total number of distinct individuals who participated in these events was 1,783. In addition, the DC- KTN has supported around 20 more events of interest to the sector which were managed by other organisations. Examples of the type of events held by the DC- KTN include: » » Events on collaborative research, introduction to FP7 research support and a masterclass on raising FP7 funding » » A series of events in next- generation access, including events on photonics technologies and a series of consultations on the issues and needs surrounding next- generation access roll- out » » Events in collaboration with other sectors such as transport ( Intelligent Transport Systems technologies and markets) and health ( smart care and assisted living) » » A competition for SMEs in the mobile sector to win stand space at the UKTI stand at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona » » Participation at technology shows such as Innovate ' 08 and Technology World ' 08 » » A series of events on spectrum, looking at the demand for spectrum and the possibilities of using broadcasting " white space" for data communications. Working groups Working groups are a key mechanism to ensure that the activities of the DC- KTN are appropriately focused. They are formed where the DC- KTN recognises that it can benefit from regular input on a particular priority area. As with many other sectors, the digital communications sec-tor is far too diverse to allow any one individual or a small group to keep up with all the relevant developments. The Programme Steering Board therefore chooses areas of focus for working groups and a group of experts is then assembled to advise on the developments within that area. Key to the successful operation of a working group is the role of the Domain Expert. These are working group managers who have a level of expertise in the area covered. Their role is to ensure that the work-ing groups maintain momentum - a critical role when most working group members are senior people with demanding schedules. Currently, the list of working groups includes: » » Broadband - next- generation access » » Wireless technology and spectrum » » Digital communications skills » » Broadcasting » » Collaboration ( which has participation in FP7 collaborative research as a primary focus, but is also concerned with UK- based research such as calls from the TSB). This list is expected to expand and change over time, with some groups running their course and wrapping up their activities and others emerging as new issues and priorities arise. For further information, contact: Philip Hargrave, DC- KTN CEO and Network Director Tel: 020 7331 2056 E- mail: info@ dc- ktn. org Website: www. dc- ktn. org. uk Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network Communications Digital comunications KTN

44INNOVATION UK As a new KTN, Energy Generation & Supply aims to increase the UK's uptake of the huge energy business opportunities available both here and globally Accelerating opportunities The Energy Generation & Supply Knowledge Transfer Network ( EG& S KTN) is a completely new KTN and was launched on 13 October at Innovate 09. Through co- ordinated technology and innovation, a major objective is to accelerate the UK's uptake of the huge energy business opportunities in the UK and glo-bally. In accord with the Technology Strategy Board's EG& S strategy for 2008- 2011, the KTN will focus on sev-eral technology areas: offshore wind, wave and tidal, car-bon- abatement technologies ( including higher- efficiency plants, biomass co- firing and carbon capture & storage), hydrogen and fuel cells, maximising oil and gas resources and future emerging opportunities. The KTN is led by TWI and brings together a strong deliv-ery team comprising AEA Technology, Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum), The Industry Technology Facilitator, Synnogy and UK Energy Research Centre. The EG& S KTN is referenced within the UK government's 2009 Low Carbon Transition Plan: " It will promote col-laboration and knowledge sharing between developers nationally and internationally and in so doing, enable industry to identify suitable funding opportunities. UK and EU grant and support schemes for energy generation technology developers are provided by a number of bod-ies and can be seen as confusing and hard for developers seeking funding to navigate. The KTN will act as a " front door" helping developers navigate the UK and EU fund-ing landscape so they receive the best support available to progress their technology development." The EG& S KTN aims to engage with the growing popula-tion of stakeholders and map on to existing networks within the EG& S landscape. Membership of the KTN is free of charge and open to the entire energy commu-nity, including industry, investor, academia, innovators, government bodies and regulators. Registered EG& S KTN members will benefit from access to advisory services aimed at facilitating business and technological success, for example in R& D funding and collaboration building, project financing, supply- chain opportunity, technology investment and updates, market and policy information. These services will be delivered through an interactive web portal, Enquiry Helpdesk, as well as networking and partnership- brokering events. Special Interest Groups are also planned to address focus areas that are cross- cutting and strategic to the growth of the UK energy industry. Dr Brian Cane, Head of TWI's Power and Energy Systems and appointed EG& S KTN Director, stated: " The new KTN provides a great opportunity to speed progress towards UK Low Carbon economy and energy security targets and I intend that it will deliver real and measureable benefits to the Energy Generation & Supply community." A particular area of focus is to make the Energy Genera-tion and Supply arena easier to navigate and so the KTN will be designed as a " one- stop shop" for all stakeholders in a sector where grant- funding and knowledge- sharing opportunities are provided by a range of different organi-sations. For example, one such organisation is the Euro-pean Commission whose funding programmes for energy projects include Framework Programme 7 and Energy and Intelligent Energy Europe. The KTN and Energy Helpline UK have initiated a part-nership to ensure that UK organisations are guided effi-ciently through the funding landscape and supported effectively with their bids for funding. In particular, they will be collaborating to assist organisations with forming the partnerships that are a prerequisite for many Euro-pean funding programmes. For more information, visit: Website: www. innovateuk. org/ energyktn Energy Energy Generation & Suply KTN