Consortium Partners

The consortium for the PRISMA project consists of five universities and research institutes:

  • Delft University of Technology (TUD)
  • Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Italian Association for Industrial Research (AIRI)
  • University of Warwick 

Delft University of Technology

TU 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.

Delft University of Technology 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.

Delft, The Netherlands

Delft University of Technology

Bilthoven, The Netherlands

Dutch National Institute for Public Health & the Environment (RIVM)

Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Rome, Italy

Italian Association for Industrial Research (AIRI)

Warwick, UK

University of Warwick

Dutch National Institute fo Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

RIVM coordinates WP1 and provides expertise to all other work packages. RIVM is a widely acknowledged expert in regulatory risk assessment. RIVM provides scientific policy advice to several Dutch Ministries. One of our fields of interest is the safety of new and emerging technologies including nanotechnology and synthetic biology

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, RIVM) is a governmental research and knowledge institute providing policy support to the Dutch government. RIVM performs tasks to safeguard and promote public health and environmental quality in the Netherlands.

RIVM provides government with impartial advice on infectious diseases, vaccination programs, population screening, lifestyle, nutrition, pharmaceuticals, environment, sustainability, safety and security. The main tasks of RIVM are:

  • to conduct research;
  • to provide policy advice and recommendations;
  • to direct and implement prevention and control response (e.g. national coordination of health and environmental monitoring programs);
  • to coordinate intervention programs (e.g. vaccination programs);
  • to provide information to professionals and the general public

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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

KIT will lead EWP 4 (stakeholders dialogue). ITAS is the largest and most long-standing scientific institution in Germany dealing with technology assessment (TA) and systems analysis in theory and practice

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment. For this purpose, KIT uses its financial and human resources with maximum efficiency. The scientists of KIT communicate the contents and results of their work to society.

Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT. In high interdisciplinary interaction, scientists of these disciplines study topics extending from the fundamentals to application and from the development of new technologies to the reflection of the relationship between man and technology. For this to be accomplished in the best possible way, KIT’s research covers the complete range from fundamental research to close-to-industry, applied research and from small research partnerships to long-term large-scale research projects.

Scientific sincerity and the striving for excellence are the basic principles of our activities.

Italian Association for Industrial Research

AIRI will lead WP 5: publication of a RRI-CSR roadmap; AIRI has extensive experience with broad networks for this task

AIRI (Italian Association for Industrial Research) is a not for profit organization, representative of a national network bridging industries and public research, with the mission to promote R&I. Amongst its associates are major industrial players (several multinational), SMEs, Universities, public research institutions, regional technology clusters. The researchers of AIRI members represent about one third of those operating in the Country.

The AIRI/Nanotec IT Committee is the focal point for Nanotechnologies and Key Enabling Technologies in Italy. Its mission is to promote nanotechnologies and KETs acting as a bridge between industry and public research. A great part of the Italian players, private and public, involved in these fields are amongst its associates. AIRI is amongst the organizers of NanotechItaly, an International Conference held annually on nanotechnologies and KETs that involves key international players.

During its lifetime AIRI has built a long experience in technology assessment, analysis of R&I activities and R&I policies, organization of multi-stakeholders dialogues. Due to this broad representative base (including CEO, Directors and R&D managers of large corporations, SMEs and research institutions), AIRI is a key opinion leader for decision-makers sustaining industrial research, responsible R&I (RRI) is at the forefront of its action.

University of Warwick

UWAR will lead WP 2: the implementation of the pilots. It has an outstanding reputation in dealing with RRI  in an industrial setting (through the Warwick manufacturing Group).

The University of Warwick has around 23,400 full-time students and 1,390 academic and research staff. Warwick regularly ranks in the top 10 in all major rankings of British universities.

Warwick University’s Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) has more than 40 research permanent staff, a dozen post- doctoral research fellows, 40 PhD students and teaches students from 50 different countries. The department was ranked fifth in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The four main areas of specialisation are

  • Security and International Relations;
  • Political Theory;
  • International Political Economy; and
  • Public Policy and Comparative Politics.

The department has a strong track record track record of funded research in this area from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the European Research Council. The Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group has carried out more than ten pieces of funded research and advisory group in relation to different kinds of technology innovation.