A Recipe for Innovation

Curiosity, a desire to help others and a hefty dose of teamwork are essential ingredients for creativity.

Charlotte Barker

December 2017

In our final issue of the year, we reveal the winners of The Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards (TASIAs) 2017. As Content Director Rich Whitworth pointed out in our inaugural TASIAs in 2013, innovation can be a slippery critter (tas.txp.to/Elusive). Sure, it’s the lifeblood of science, but what is it? And how can you achieve it? In search of answers, I’ve journeyed back through our archives to uncover the key ingredients for innovation, according to some of the greatest minds in analytical science…

“I’m easily distracted by shiny objects! I’m motivated by curiosity, and by the prospect of doing something new.” – Kevin Schug

“I love a challenge, and if I’m told I can’t do something, I’m all the more determined.” – Barbara Larsen

“What makes a successful inventor? Unhappiness. Unhappiness with the status quo, including yourself. The same properties that make for successful poets.”– R Graham Cooks

Charlotte Barker


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