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Welcome to the first Local Nexus Network news bulletins.  The purpose of the newsletter is to share the progress of the project with those who are interested in our work, and those who have been involved in some way. We aim to produce these newsletters every 3-4 months during the project. If your know of others who would be interested in our work, please forward the newsletter to them, or encourage them to subscribe here.
Launch event and scoping workshop report
The Local Nexus Network project was officially launched on 23rd March 2015, with presentations about the key aspects of the project. The scoping workshops in the second part of the event gave participants the opportunity to contribute to the work at this early stage.  You can view the slides, together with a summary report online here.
Website – Phase 1 of the Local Nexus Website has been launched. You can find it here:
Feasibility projects
The feasibility projects on Water and Food have started at the Universities of Exeter and Oxford respectively.
Dr Kourosh Behzadian is working on the water feasibility project at the University of Exeter. Kourosh says ‘the main objective of the water feasibility project is to explore synergies and conflicts between innovative distributed water technologies and local energy and food production. More specifically, in the next couple of months I’ll be investigating topics such as estimating the potential water demands for a number of food products in the analysed case studies, and identifying the best match between the quality of water demands for the food production chain and the corresponding water quality of different water sources’.
We'll provide updates about the feasibility projects as the Local Nexus Network progresses.
Related Re-Distributed Manufacturing (RDM) projects: The Local Nexus Network is one of six projects funded by the EPSRC as part of the ‘Manufacturing the Future’ theme. Other projects in the RDM theme have recently launched their networks. These are the University of Bristol led ‘Re-Distributed Manufacturing and the Resilient, Sustainable City (ReDReSC)’; the Royal College of Art led Future Makespaces in Re-Distributed Manufacturing; the University of Cambridge led 3D printing enabled re-distributed manufacturing; the University of the West of England led Re-Distributed Manufacturing in Healthcare network; and the University of Cranfield led ‘RECODE Consumer Goods, Big Data and Re-Distributed Manufacturing’.
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