Institute of Knowledge Transfer

The Institute of Knowledge Transfer (IKT) is the sole[1] accredited professional body open to all those who predominantly work in the broad and emerging profession of knowledge transfer.

Institute of Knowledge Transfer
FormationMay 2007
Legal statusNon-profit company
PurposeKnowledge transfer in the UK
HeadquartersPortland Place
London, W1
Region served
Sir Brian Fender FInstKT
Main organ
IKT Board (Chairman - Adrian Hill MBE)
AffiliationsInstitute of Physics


It was established in May 2007 [2] as an 'Institute' with approval[3] of the UK's (previously) Department of Trade and Industry's Secretary of State's, the IKT is a not-for-profit Company By Guarantee.[4]


The objectives of the IKT are to assist in the process of turning technology, know-how, expertise and skills into innovative, commercial products and services by improving the standards of competency knowledge transfer practitioners and by stimulating the quality and provision of training.

It produces the Exchange magazine every quarter.


As with other legitimate professional bodies in the UK, membership of the IKT is recognised by the UK HM Revenue and Customs as a tax deductible expense.

It is situated on Portland Place (A4201), south of Regent's Park tube station. The IKT is based at the Institute of Physics's headquarters in London UK, but is open to members from any territory. Membership of the IKT is also open to members from both private sector and public sectors working in roles that focus on the exchange and innovative application of knowledge.

Under the Presidency of Sir Brian Fender (Chair of BTG plc and ex Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England), the IKT has the support of a host of existing organisations in the knowledge transfer domain (including: AIRTO, UKSPA, HEFCE, the CBI, Welsh Assembly Government, Universities UK, UK Intellectual Property Office, and ProTon Europe, amongst others). It differs from existing organisations in this space in that it is open only to individuals that meet established competency criteria. These criteria include relevant educational qualification, relevant career and CPD and are assessed by an independent Membership and Professional Standards Committee (constituted KT professionals in the UK, North America and continental Europe).

See also


  1. See list of Professional bodies
  2. Computing Magazine Archived 2007-10-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. See entry in register at . The term Institute is a restricted term under the UK's Companies Act and can only be used by permission of the Secretary of State
  4. A not for profit entity under English law that has no shareholders and which prohibits the distribution of profits

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