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
13 October 2020
Three job openings for the new Centre for Safety in Healthcare
The new Centre for Safety in Healthcare has three job openings available at the moment: one for an Assistant Professor (a Tenure Track position), one for a PhD student and one for a senior researcher.
13 October 2020
Police, TNO and TU Delft join forces on national security innovation
The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), the Dutch police force and TU Delft, headed by the TU Safety & Security Institute, are to begin collaboration on innovation in the field of national security. The three organisations are well acquainted, and already collaborate on a number of Safety & Security matters, such as detection, monitoring and cyber security.
07 October 2020
VTI joins project for Responsible Metal Industry in Europe
The mining and metal industry want to grow their metal value chains while encouraging a long-term shift towards climate-neutrality and sustainability. In doing so they play a vital role in the sustainability of EU’s climate technologies. They aim to ensure the highest protection of human and environmental health, addressing and reinforcing the relationship of the industry with the wider society. The SISTEM project: Social Innovation for Sustainable Treatment of European Metals will work in a public private collaboration to develop a framework to assess the values at stake in this process.