During WEFTEC 2018, Angeliki Rigos, executive director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, shared her perspective on advancing disruptive technologies, the role of scientists, and water sector diversity with the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) during a Words On Water podcast interview.
During WEFTEC, Rigos, was part of the Scientist's Luncheon where she discussed the role of scientists today. On the panel and in the podcast, she says more scientists should be active advocates for sustainability and that she encourages women scientists to become leaders in society. Rigos also discusses how water issues aren’t separate from other sustainability challenges and how water scientists should work across boundaries with other disciplines.
"I'm probably not the norm, but I think scientists need to get out of the lab more and advocate for sustainability ... I think we don't work enough, as scientists, with policymakers," Rigos said.
She also shared her views on how water issues are not separate from other disciplines, but rather intertwined with a broad diversity of study areas.