The Connected Everything II (CEII) Network Plus coordinates a “Network of Networks” which will accelerate multi-disciplinary collaboration, foster new collaborations between industry and academia and tackle emerging challenges which will underpin the UK academic community’s research in support of people, technologies, products and systems for digital manufacturing.

Key agreed areas for joint work are:

  1. Supporting networks to be more representative including diverse speakers at their events
  2. Coordinating professional and best practice development for managers and coordinators involved in Networks
  3. Share best practice on delivery of key activities across the networks especially for Early Career Researchers (see below for an example).

The Network of Networks meets informally on a 6 monthly basis to progress these area of mutual support. There is an MS Team site to continually share information amongst the networks. The Network of Networks currently includes the following organisations:

Please contact Debra Fearnshaw if you would like your network to be added.

Outputs from the Network of Networks

Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery (AI3SD Network+)
Circular Economy Network+ in Transportation Systems (CENTS) 
Connected Everything II Network Plus
Design for Additive Manufacturing Network
Discribe, the Digital Security by Design Social Science Hub+
Digital Catapult
Digitalised Surface Manufacturing: Towards “World’s Best” Processes Network+
Digitally Enhanced Advanced Services (DEAS)
Energy Harvesting Network
E-Textiles Network
High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Human Data Interaction
Internet of Food Things
Metamaterials Network
National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub (CE-Hub)
PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity
REPHRAIN – National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online
Transforming Construction Network Plus
UK Acoustics Network
UK Manufacturing Symbiosis Network+ (UKMSN+)
UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS)
Table of Networks of Network members

Outputs created by the Network of Networks

Learning from Early Career Researcher survey in Spring 2021
A survey developed by the SPRITE+ network and includes responses from Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the SPRITE+, eFutures and Connected Everything networks has helped shape our activities for ECRs. Please read the findings from the survey here.

Learning from the Network of Networks Community Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Survey 2021
The Networks came together over the summer of 2021 and over 260 people completed our survey so we can understand more about our community and how we can be more supportive, particularly as Covid restrictions ease. This is the summary and findings presented at the Network of Networks meeting in October 2021.

Network Impact
A discussion of the Network of Networks led to this summary document being created in November 2021. We hope this will help other networks consider their impact more widely than the typical outputs often measured.

Guide for Network Managers
For over 12 months a small group of network managers came together to share their learning and co-create a guide for managing networks based on their experience. The online guide was created by Dr Samantha Kanza and is hosted at Southampton University. Use this link to access the guide: