Delft University of Technology

tud_200x200TU Delft is the coordinator for this project and also the coordinator of WP 3 (evaluation pilots), WP 6 (dissemination) and WP 7 (project management). The university is internationally renowned for its contributions to the field of RRI.


TU Delft ( is one of three technical universities in the Netherlands, renowned for the high quality of its research and teaching. With over 20,000 students and 2,700 scientists (including 400 full professors), it is an establishment of national importance and of significant international standing.

Recently, TU Delft has been ranked on the 42nd place in the global reputation ranking list of universities, the World Reputation Rankings of Times Higher Education magazine. With the new ranking, TU Delft is now the highest ranked Dutch university and the third highest European university of technology.

TU Delft views its role in society as supplying technological solutions that take us significantly further along the road towards sustainability and a flourishing economy.

See also this Video.

TU Delft is the coordinator of the proposed project.  Professor Ibo van der Poel (see below for profile) will be the scientific coordinator. Mr. Ernst Harting from the Valorisation Centre of TU Delft will be project manager and will be responsible for the overall management of the project and financial reporting.

Departments from TU Delft involved in the project

The scientific departments from the TU Delft involved in this project are:

  • Values, Technology, and Innovation ( VTI) of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM)
  • Biotechnology and Society group (BTS ) of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS)
  • Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship (DCE)

The Valorisation Centre (VC) of the TU Delft will take care of the overall management of the  project.

For more details on these departments/institutes of the TU Delft, see below. TPM/VTI

Each innovation is born in a web of technology, politics and values. This  is the core of TPM, see also this video. From this starting point, VTI aims to make a significant contribution to sustainable solutions for social problems in which technology plays an important role.

VTI is unique in the world exactly because it unites scholars from three  different  disciplines  under the main research theme of responsible innovation: philosophers,  economists,  and  risk/safety scholars. This combined perspective and singular focus offers an exceptional opportunity for an innovative research and educational  program.


Key research themes of  VTI are:

  • responsible innovation.
  • value sensitive design.
  • social system interaction.


VTI actively participates in the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (3TU.Ethics), which is a collaboration of the philosophy sections of the 3 Dutch Universities of Technology. Their research programs on the philosophy of science, technology and engineering are recognized as internationally leading in these fields.  One of the focal themes of  3TU.Ethics is Responsible innovation.

VTI has been in the driving seat for the establishment of a new research program by Netherlands Organisation for  Scientific Research (NWO) titled Responsible Innovation ( In  Dutch:

Maatschappelijk Verantwoord  Innoveren). In February 2015, NWO approved 5 new projects submitted by VTI within the framework of this program. VTI also contributed to the Science in Society Program of DG Research of the EC.  Furthermore, the department chairs the CESAER working group  on Responsible Innovation.



BTS is part of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. This faculty focuses on finding innovative solutions to some of the problems faced by society. In this effort, development of the fundamental knowledge needed to underpin technical developments that can be widely used throughout society is of paramount importance. AS is world famous for its research in nano-technology.

BTS runs PhD and Postdoctoral research projects and coordinates and participates in European Commission projects related to governance, ethical and societal issues in emerging new technologies. The research focuses on:

  • identifying (future) ethical, legal and societal issues (ELSA) in industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology and nano-biotechnology
  • qualifying the impact of ELSA issues in innovation
  • societal responsibility and competences of scientists
  • designing and implementing novel, interactive science communication activities.



DCE research focuses on how technology-driven entrepreneurship can contribute to solving the grand challenges of society by exploring and exploiting emerging technologies and new business models. It thereby joins existing research in the field of technological entrepreneurship with the concept of responsible innovation and the grand societal challenges such as energy scarcity, an ageing population, water management and safety.

DCE investigates how scientific and technological solutions can eventually lead to business opportunities for start-ups and existing private or public organisations and how these organizations manage and sell technological solutions.



The Valorisation Centre (VC) supports, stimulates and facilitates scientists and supporting staff of the TU Delft in knowledge valorisation. This includes R&D subsidies (funding research projects), R&D project management, intellectual property, business development and cooperation with companies. The VC also provides professional project managers for-  among others- .EU funded projects.

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