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.

Oxford Economics report

The Innovation, Research and Technology (IRT) sector continues to punch well above its weight in the national economy, as shown by an independent study conducted by Oxford Economics.

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

July 16, 2018

BRE and Loughborough University open dementia-friendly demonstration home

BRE and Loughborough University open dementia-friendly demonstration home

June 28, 2018

AIRTO community assembles to recognise excellence in innovation

Lord David Willetts and Prof Richard Brook address members at our annual dinner, and Special Recognition Awards 2018 are presented.

June 26, 2018

AIRTO submits evidence to the Science and Technology Committee

Written evidence in response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry “An immigration system that works for science and innovation”

Upcoming members' events

July 19, 2018

Equality, diversity and inclusion


September 27, 2018

Health & Safety Interest Group


November 12, 2018

Marketing and communications


Find further information and more events in our members' area