We are AIRTO

AIRTO is the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, the foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector.

We assist members to network and engage collectively, we encourage enterprise, forge links and progress dialogue with key decision makers in government and industry, along with providing a forum for our members to share best practice.

Invitation to tender

AIRTO is seeking to commission a fresh study to undertake economic and quantitative analysis, building upon the previous 2014 report, to produce and identify the contribution and impact of Innovation Research and Technology (IRT) sector on UK plc.

Our members

Our members have a presence around the world. They typically supply business-to-business and government services such as R&D, consultancy, validation and testing, multi-client project inception and management, incubation and financing.

Latest news

December 10, 2018

Welcome to Met Office’s new Chief Executive, Professor Penelope Endersby

Professor Penelope Endersby joins the UK’s world-leading national meteorological service from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) where she led the Cyber and Information Systems Division and was Acting Chief Technical Officer as well as a Non-Exec Director of Ploughshare Innovations, the MOD’s technology transfer organisation. As the Met Office’s first female Chief Executive, Professor Endersby will lead the organisation as it manages the risks and opportunities associated with our changing weather and climate.

November 29, 2018

BMT Chief Executive Sarah Kenny named as Maritime UK successor

Maritime UK is pleased to confirm the appointment of Harry Theochari as its Chair and Sarah Kenny as Vice Chair. Theochari is global head of transport at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, and Kenny is CEO at BMT Global.

November 28, 2018

BRE and Loughborough University’s Dementia-friendly demonstration home

The first phase of a new ‘dementia-friendly’ home on BRE’s Watford Innovation Park, has been completed. The building has been adapted to help educate housebuilders, carers and relatives on how to better support those living with dementia.

Upcoming members' events

January 30, 2019

AIRTO Board Meeting


CEOs’ Meeting and AGM


January 31, 2019

Health and Safety Interest Group


Find further information and more events in our members' area