Unravelling the mysteries of innovation with Sue Dunkerton OBE

Sue Dunkerton OBE, Director at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).


Sue is Director at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), responsible for priority themes within Health, Agri-Food and Bioscience & Biotechnology as well as H2020 and Smart Specialisation.  From 2002 – 2014, Sue ran the Health KTN, and has prior experience in medical technologies, digital health, assisted living, regenerative medicine and stratified medicine.

But her career started in materials, with a degree in Metallurgy from the University of Manchester (UMIST as was) and she moved into welding and joining technologies in her early life at TWI.  Whilst at TWI, Sue built up an advanced materials and processing group encompassing polymers, ceramics, composites and electronics packaging. Her experience spanned various sectors with considerable time spent in aerospace and in later years in the medical sector.

This wide experience led her in good stead, when Sue joined the Manufuture European Platform around 2007 and was able to contribute to the development of the multi-annual roadmaps (shaping future H2020 calls under the Factories of the Future programme).  Sue retains her passion for manufacturing in her new role, supporting the manufacturing team but also raising awareness of the importance of manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, medical device, food and agritech sectors.

More about Sue:


Details about the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) [more]

Details about the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) [more]