Values, Technology and Innovation
The Department of Values, Technology & Innovation (VTI) focuses on the value dimension of comprehensive engineering, the overarching research theme of the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management. The central research theme of the department is responsible innovation.
The value dimension is important for the further development, social acceptance and moral acceptability of technological innovations. Lack of public support for an innovation often means that it is not introduced into society, even though it might make a positive contribution to society in some way. At other occasions, the innovation is pushed through despite lack of public support, which sometimes means that public concerns are ignored. The responsible innovation approach provides for an alternative paradigm: the choice should not be between foregoing a potentially helpful innovation or pushing it through despite justified concerns. Rather, the responsible innovation approach pays attention to important values, in the design as well as in the implementation of technological innovations, and in the institutions that govern them.
News & in the media
11 November 2020
Best short paper award SEFI2020
The paper "Before responsible innovation: teaching anticipation as a competency for engineers" authored by Taylor Stone, Lavinia Marin and Janna van Grunsven won the award for the Best short paper at the SEFI 2020 conference. The paper was commended as being very interesting, the presentation clear and easy to follow.
03 November 2020
Cristina Richie in The Scotsman about healthcare and carbon output
People affected by climate change cause an influx in hospital admissions and require medical care. These treatments release more carbon, locking healthcare into a self-destructive cycle whereby medical care causes medical needs, says Cristina Richie in her column.
30 October 2020
Aad Correljé op Energiepodium.nl over platforms en publieke taken
Aad Correljé zocht in deze Coronatijd een tentamenvraag voor zijn studenten Economie van Infrastructuren over de regulering van netbedrijven en de uitdagingen van de toekomst en kijkt hierbij ook naar platforms.