Innovation Networks

NETPark companies can link into several national and international networks including the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Institute of Physics (IoP).

Companies can also access potential global partners at over 450 other science and technology parks through NETPark’s active participation in the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) and the United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA). 

Catherine Johns, Innovation and Business Growth Director of Business Durham, which manages NETPark, was on the board of UKSPA (United Kingdom Science Park Association) from 2010 - 2016 and the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation between 2014 - 2016. In 2016 Catherine founded Women in IASP (International Association of Science Parks) with the primary aim of the subnetwork to inspire each other and the girls who are our future leaders.

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) which assists organisations with finding technology partners, building consortia and supporting businesses in accessing European funding through Horizon 2020 is connected to NETPark and supports companies on the park in unlocking new opportunities.

Knowledge Transfer Networks are initiatives supported by the UK Government’s Innovate UK for specific market sectors or technologies.

To find out how you could begin to connect with these networks, please contact us on 01740 625 250 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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