WET Networks London

Date: 15th March 2017

Location: Pinsent Masons, London EC2A 4ES

Pinsent Masons and Arup have the pleasure of inviting you to the 31st event in our ongoing series of Wet Networking events. This event will take place at Pinsent Masons London Headquarter offices on Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 4.30pm.

Entitled "What Eau!" this event brings together
presentations from a number of cutting edge water technology innovation companies. We would be delighted if you could join us.

For further event information, please access the event brochure here.

Places are limited so please register now to avoid disappointment.

Register here.

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We very much hope you can join us.

Event details

Wednesday 15 March 2017


4.30pm   Registration and coffee

5.00pm   Chairman's introduction - Mark Lane
               (Consultant, Pinsent Mason LLP)

5.10pm   Keynote speech –  Joby Boxall
(Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering at Sheffield

5.30pm   Elevator presentations by a number of companies
               (further details will be available soon)

6.40pm   Chairman's closing followed by networking, 
               drinks and buffet supper  

Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES

Get your directions here: (Pinsent Masons London map)


Introducing Wet Networks
Some of you may already be familiar with the name as Wet Networks have been running successfully in London for 10 years in partnership with Pinsent Masons.

The Wet Networks events have helped foster an innovation eco-system in the water sector as they enable water technology companies to share ideas and develop business relationships with water utilities, industry professionals, entrepreneurs and potential investors.

Our events are always well represented and feedback is very positive. For further information about past events please visit our Wet Networks page by clicking here

A few facts
Not since the industrial revolution has the water industry been subject to so much change. Technology innovation compounded with political, social and environmental uncertainty means great challenges for the industry. However, these factors can also provide for opportunities to those able to exploit them. The global industry is estimated at $400 billion with an annual growth rate of 7%. With more than 50 countries suffering water shortages, and 60% of European cities over-exploiting groundwater, technology companies and entrepreneurs have an opportunity to help us to adapt to this challenging environment.

About the Organisers

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineering and technical specialists offering a diverse range of professional services to clients around the world. The firm provides expertise in all aspects of water engineering, management and technology, covering the entire water cycle in temperate, arid and tropical environments. In 2011 Arup was named by the Infrastructure Journal as the Global Technical Adviser of the Year, acknowledging our position as the pre-eminent technical advisor in the infrastructure market. Arup has a great history of research, foresight and innovation, working with clients to explore drivers of change, to generate innovative ideas about business futures and to evaluate new technology.

Pinsent Masons LLP is an international law firm, distinguished by its depth of knowledge, experience and commitment to specialist market sectors, including the water sector. Since 1995, we have been involved in over 90 water projects worldwide (covering water, wastewater, desalination, industrial water treatment and re-use and irrigation). The firm has developed a strong practice in technology innovation including water technology innovation, and advises water technology start-ups on the key legal issues that they encounter, as well as contributing to strategic thinking for such companies.

Who to contact
If you would like further details at this stage please contact:

Pinsent Mason
Maciej Mikolajczak

Events   Executive
T:   +44 20 7490 6570
E:   maciej.mikolajczak@pinsentmasons.com

Martin Shouler
Associate Director
T: +44 20 7755 3598
E: martin.shouler@arup.com

Alternatively please email our dedicated address: wetnetworks@arup.com


Introducing the Venturi Portal

A joint venture between Arup and WRc, Venturi tackles global water issues by helping bring to market innovative products and services that match the needs of the sector.


Technology companies: get a showcase for your cutting-edge solutions plus a reduced-risk development process – from inception to commercialisation.


Technology buyers and users: access products and services with the potential to solve your most pressing challenges. Post your own innovation challenges.


Researchers and developers: find support, investment and guidance for your pre-market ideas. This is a free resource available to all in the water sector. Click here to visit the portal and for your chance to register.



The Keynote speech will be delivered by Joby Boxall, Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering at Sheffield University.

Joby Boxall is Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He is leading the EPSRC grand challenge consortium on sustainable clean water for all, TWENTY65.

His research interests are concerned with understanding and modelling hydraulic, water quality and infrastructure performance throughout the natural and urban environment. Joby's research interests are multi-disciplinary and have a number of cross cutting themes that include research in operational systems, pilot and laboratory systems, with the application of theoretical, computational and analytical approaches, including software development. He has developed internationally unique laboratory based pilot pipeline testing facilities.

His current focus is on potable water distribution systems including the monitoring, modelling, operation and management for both quantity, with an emphasis on leakage, and quality encompassing physical, biological and chemical changes and interactions.  His research often involves the integration of ICT for data collection from disparate urban water systems, together with computation (soft computing) techniques to turn data to information to knowledge. 

Further research interests are in asset management and whole life costs, including energy (storage) and carbon, associated with water distribution.


The seminar will be chaired by Mark Lane, Consultant to Pinsent Masons.

Mark Lane is a Director of The UK Water Partnership.  Mark chairs the UKTI Environment and Water Advisory Group. Mark chaired the group of 26 experts who wrote in 2013/14 the Report ” Tapping the Potential: A Fresh Vision for UK Water Technology”. The recommendations of this Report led to the formation of The UK Water Partnership.

Mark was a partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons for 25 years, where he founded in 1995 the firm’s Water Group, which he led until his retirement from the firm in 2013. He first developed the firm’s water technology showcase events (Wet Networks) ten years ago. For the past three years these have been undertaken with Arup as a co-stakeholder. Mark now works as a Consultant to Pinsent Masons.

Mark is the principal of Mark Lane Water Consultancy Limited and acts as a Consultant to a number of companies in the water sector. Mark is a Court Assistant of The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators, and a Trustee of The Water Conservation Trust.

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