Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Global Expert Missions drive the UK’s vision as a global hub for UK innovation.

The GEM programme funded by Innovate UK is designed to build international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions, and people from every corner of the globe. With global challenges requiring international perspectives, the programme aims to support the UK government’s ambition to be the international partner of choice and a global hub for innovation by 2035.

Working closely with wider UK government stakeholders, the programme plays a crucial role in supporting Innovate UK’s global opportunities outlined in the plan for action to help build the future economy for UK business innovation.

The objectives of the GEM are:

  • Building International Collaboration

The mission identifies key strategic partners and provides expert and objective insights to inform and enhance the UK’s innovation partnership with global economies.

  • Informing UK Businesses and Government

Providing unique market insights and drivers for UK businesses and strategic actions plans to support Government initiatives and to identify new opportunities.

  • Showcasing UK Capabilities

Promoting the best of British technology, research, innovation and expertise and to be the trusted partner of choice for innovation partnerships.

Global Expert Mission dissemination activities

Innovate UK KTN delivers dissemination events for each Global Expert Mission to highlight key findings and provide a holistic and wide viewpoint of the technological capabilities within these sectors and countries. We have published reports from each Global Expert Mission where we share the information and insights gathered during the delegation’s time in each country and you can find these below or here where you can search by sector or by country. We also publish the dissemination events recordings on our YouTube Channel here.

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