Pathogenic agents - that are important to life sciences - can also be used to develope biological weapons. This project developed recommendations on how to deal with this potential threat.
Citizens are organising themselves to take over tasks from government and industry in an increasing number of sectors. Crowd-based initiatives must be organised properly for these innovations to be socially responsible.
New Technology Based Firms (NTBFs) may help to address climate change. This project investigates opportunities and threats for NTBFs and develops a tool to identify relevant socio-ethical factors.
Responsible innovation in offshore wind energy requires taking moral values into account in the design phase. As a first step towards such ‘value sensitive design’ this short project developed a theoretical framework to identify relevant moral values and possible value conflicts. This framework invites reflection on both technological and institutional design. It distinguishes between three perspectives on acceptability. Previous problems with the acceptance of wind parks made industrial partners eager to join the project.
Responsible innovation requires pro-actively assessing and carefully evaluating all relevant values. Controversies arise from value conflicts between stakeholders. This project develops a method to link formal assessment tools - such as cost-benefit analysis - to informal assessment as found in societal debates. In this way all relevant values can be taken into account.
Strong growth is taking place in the production of renewable energy. Changes made now to the electricity market can ensure that the transition to a sustainable energy society continues in a responsible manner.
Shale gas extraction is controversial because its supporters and opponents disagree when it comes to standards and design criteria. More attention should be paid to this in discourse and policy.
This project will deliver a ‘governance roadmap’ towards various types of community-based local sustainable energy systems, plus insight in stakeholder positions, opportunities and limitations.
To realise responsible system innovations in agriculture, diverse private partners need to collaborate. Social learning is a key to success.
A system of national electronic patient records (Dutch acronym EPD) could improve the quality and efficiency of health care. A prerequisite for successful implementation is the confidence of healthcare providers in this system.
Public bodies can take citizens much more into account in data communication. How to incentivize them to make their data communication citizen-friendly in a meaningful way?
How an Intellectual Property approach can advance fair plant variety rights in Sub-Saharan Africa – without the threat of a prohibition on exchanging seeds.
For such a sweeping transition as a bio-based economy to be realised, connections need to be established and partnerships created. In this project, recommendations are made to help achieve this.