Blog by Ruth Welters.
On Tuesday 8 July 2014, I went to the first meeting of the Nexus Network advisory group, in London. It was great to meet many people from the advisory group and to see how enthusiastic people are about Nexus issues.
The advisory group chair is Martin Cooke, from ANGLE management services who led a lively discussion on the remit of the nexus, the danger of mission-creep and the need to work across the silos of food, energy, water and the environment.
Teresa Tucker from the ESRC explained how the Nexus Network fits with other ESRC investments in this area and how the Network can work with cross council projects such as Global Food Security.
James Wilsdon, Nexus Network Director, updated the group on some recent discussions he has had with the Berlin Nexus Team and with a US group, to bring in the international dimension.
In the afternoon the core Nexus network team talked about the upcoming first annual conference and made some suggestions for speakers- more details on this to come soon.
And finally, we came to the part of the day I was most looking forward to: starting to map our Nexus Network connections by thinking of all the contacts we have with people and other projects/ networks in policy, business, academia and civil society, both in the UK and internationally. We have a huge wealth of contacts and look forward to starting to explore these soon.