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
15 January 2020
Neelke Doorn in Portraits of Science
In the 2019 edition of Portraits of science Neelke Doorn is portrayed. She talks about her research into avoiding division in climate adaptation.
13 January 2020
Batya Friedman receives TU Delft honorary doctorate at Dies Natalis
Last Friday Batya Friedman founder of the Value Sensitive Design Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle received a TU Delft honorary doctorate from TPM Professor Ibo van de Poel at the 178th Dies Natalis.
12 December 2019
Millions for large-scale energy storage research
Paulien Herder, professor in Energy Systems at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and her team in the interdisciplinary consortium RELEASE (Reversible Large-scale Energy Storage) have received funding from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) totalling over € 10 million for research into large-scale energy storage.