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Wet Networks 2022: Water, Public Health and Wellbeing

Event date: 13 Oct 2022

Hosted by Arup and WRc

Thursday 13th October 2022

Arup - In Person and Virtual
80 Charlotte Street

For more information on Wet Networks, please contact Joanna Britton (

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Innovation Presentation Guest Speaker

Dr Austen Buck, Principal Consultant in Microbiology at WRc

Austen is an expert in Water Safety Planning within the water sector, with experience developed through roles with water suppliers, laboratories, suppliers, academia, and global consultancies. He delivers guest lectures on water safety planning at bachelor and masters level. Austen's PhD in Public Health and Environmental Microbiology investigated the attachment and accumulation of viruses to sediments in river systems and the potential risk from resuspension. Austen has also co-authored publications on viral removal through membrane bioreactor technologies in leading water journals and supported large-scale river basin monitoring programmes.

Please note: this Wet Networks event was postponed following extreme heat warnings in July and has now been rescheduled to Thursday 13th October 2022.

After two years of virtual events, we are delighted to host our second in-person and virtual Wet Networks, Chaired by WRc's Director of Commercial Services, Carmen Snowdon.

We all know that proper water and sanitation is essential to public health. However, there are additional benefits from proximity to water with many positive measures of physical and mental wellbeing, from its restorative psychological effects to better a place to meet socially.

Now in its fifteenth year, Wet Networks showcases new ideas and technology to help transform the way we manage water.  Join us at our next Wet Networks event, in person at Arup, London or virtually.  The theme will be Water, Public Health and Wellbeing. Hear from our keynote presenter, Patricia O’Hayer, Global Head Communications & Government Affairs at Reckitt about current and future water scarcity impacts on public health.


  • 5:00 pm | Introduction to Wet Networks
  • 5:05 pm | Chair's Introduction (WRc's Carmen Snowdon)
  • 5:15 pm | Keynote Speech from Patricia O’Hayer at Reckitt
  • 5:30 pm | Innovation Presentations featuring WRc's Dr Austen Buck
  • 6:30 pm | Chair’s close (WRc's Carmen Snowdon)
  • 6:30 pm | Refreshments
  • 8:00 pm | Event Close

Through the regular hosting of events, Wet Networks are developing a sustainable business ‘eco-system’ that will allow water technology companies to share ideas and business relationship opportunities with leading users, entrepreneurs, vendors, advisors and funders. WRc and Arup hope that our deep and longstanding expertise in the sector, combined with the energy and commitment of the invited companies will make our Wet Networking Series a driver for growth and innovation.

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Innovation through collaboration

We co-convene the Wet Networks series with Arup. The not-for-profit series allows technology companies and entrepreneurs to share ideas and create business relationship opportunities with leading users, entrepreneurs, advisors and funders.

When the time is right we jump at the chance to bring like-minded individuals together to solve challenges.

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