Immerse UK is delighted to be partnering with KTP this year to deliver their immersive awards ceremony next month.


KTP Best of the Best Awards is an annual event that celebrates the multiple innovation impacts of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP’s). The ceremony, which is being held on Wednesday 9 September from 4-5pm – will run in the Laval Virtual World, a state-of-the-art immersive environment, which can be accessed and enjoyed without any special equipment.

The Ceremony, being produced by Immerse UK, will be hosted by Senior Knowledge Transfer Adviser (KTA), Fiona Nightingale, and will see KTN’s CEO Dr Alicia Greated and Innovate UK’s Interim Executive Chair, Dr Ian Campbell take to the stage (either as themselves or their avatars) in the Laval Virtual space as part of a short, dynamic event where winners of six categories will be announced.

Launched in April 2020 and run by the Laval Virtual Association the Laval Virtual World is designed to gather, inspire and valorise the global VR/AR (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality) community throughout the year. Easy to install, use and with a simple design, the Laval Virtual World offers many possibilities. For the KTP Best of the Best Awards, guests can embody their own personalised avatar, attend the ceremony, interact with each other and enjoy some informal networking at the post-show party.

Commenting on the new format of the event, Senior KTA, Gerry Black said

“As we celebrate the innovation achieved through KTP, it is right that KTN – who, via its expert network of 31 Knowledge Transfer Advisers, is a key delivery partner of the KTP programme –  also looks to reflect innovation in the event itself. Our KTN connections with the UK’s premier immersive technologies network, Immerse UK, provided the perfect opportunity to explore using a new platform for the Awards, pushing boundaries to provide a totally different, fresh experience for the event this year ”.

On behalf of Immerse UK, Asha Easton said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with KTP and Laval Virtual to host this year’s KTP Best of the Best Awards.

Immerse UK is always seeking opportunities to showcase new ways immersive technology platforms can be utilised. Laval Virtual World was an excellent choice for this event because of its cross-platform accessibility, which makes it inclusive for as many participants as possible. We hope to bring the awards ceremony to life with this new format and give the audience an introduction to what’s possible with immersive platforms.”

Valentin Regnier, Laval Virtual’s Community Relations Manager, added:

“We are truly honoured that KTN/Immerse UK chose the Laval Virtual World to host their very first virtual KTP Best of the Best Awards. Through our collaboration with Immerse UK /KTP – which both support and drive innovation, one of our core values – Laval Virtual intends, once again, to fulfil its goals: valorise the immersive technologies and empower its community.”

Join the celebrations!

The the KTP Best of the Best Awards are open to all and free to attend – simply register in advance here.

The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube.