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Women in Innovation: Dr Jacqui Watt

Woman in Innovation: Dr Jaqui Watt
"I find innovation a great driver for change and change means we are continuously doing better not only for ourselves but for everyone."

Each Wednesday we interview women in our community about innovation and what drives them to make a difference in their industries everyday!

What are you currently working on?  
I am currently working both with SMEs to assist them with the process to undertake research with research organisations and obtain grants.  I am also working with the CSIRO Agriculture and Food Business Unit to promote and contract work in the development of new crops, such as gluten-free barley.

Why is innovation important to you? 
Innovation leads to improvements, which leads to better lives for all. I find innovation a great driver for change and change means we are continuously doing better not only for ourselves but for everyone. You know – getting closer to world peace 😉

What drives you to make a difference? 
My drivers are to create a better world for all; every piece of knowledge and innovation leads to better understanding which in turn leads to further improvements. We must not forget that every bit counts no matter how minor in concept! I like to give back and working at CSIRO enables this without a doubt.

Do you have any advice for getting more women into the innovation ecosystem? 
She for she! He for she! Everyone for everyone! We have a tendency to become competitive and actually there is enough of everything to go around – give each other a helping hand! If you get an opportunity to assist a woman in innovation please take it – we all need supporters and people on our side!
We all have fears and concerns but ultimately if you don’t give it a go what are you missing out on? Go for it.  Don’t hold back.

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