Mekel Prize 2019: advance notice

News - 04 October 2019 - Webredactie

The Mekel Prize will be awarded to students and employees of TU Delft. With the prize, the university wants to pay attention to the ethical aspects of technological developments and the responsibility of researchers and designers to take these aspects into account in their research/design. 

Goal of the award
The Mekel Prize is awarded every two years to the most responsible innovation at TU Delft. Responsible Innovation has in recent years become an important concept for both innovation policy and the financing of R&D programmes and in practice. Both Horizon2020 and NWO have included Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as an important theme. The question of how we can develop new technologies in a responsible manner that contribute to solving social issues has become highly relevant.

The winner will be announced by Prof. dr. Rob Mudde during the Van Hasselt lecture:

Date: Thursday November 21st 2019
Time: 20.00
Location: Oude Kerk Delft, Heilige Geestkerkhof 25

How can I participate? 
If you want to compete for the prize, we invite you to reflect on the responsible aspects of an innovative idea that you (have) worked on. We ask you to indicate how your project deals with the different aspects of Responsible Innovation (see the assessment criteria in the link below). Your reflection should not be longer than two A4 pages. Send your reflection to: before 24 October 2019. The winner will be announced during the Van Hasselt lecture on 21 November in the Oude Kerk in Delft.

Judging Criteria

  • Addressing a societal problem
  • Societal values (safety, health, sustainability, well-being, privacy) & use
  • Risks
  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency
  • Innovative & Creativeness

Members of the Jury