The Mekel Prize for Responsible Innovation


The Mekel Prize is awarded to students and employees of the TU Delft. With the award the university wants to raise awareness amongst students and employees about the ethical aspects of technological developments and the responsibility of researchers and designers for taking these aspects into account.

Goal of the award

The Mekel Prize will be awarded to the most responsible innovation at the TU Delft. Over the past few years, responsible innovation has become a central concern in innovation policy and the funding of R&D programs as well as in practice. Horizon 2020 has formulated Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a cross-cutting theme and the Netherlands Research Organisation (NWO) has set up a program for Responsible Innovation.

The question: How can we responsibly develop new technologies that can contribute to solving societal challenges has become highly relevant.

For this competition we adopt the European Commission’s definition for Responsible Innovation: "Responsible research and innovation is an approach that anticipates and assesses potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation, with the aim to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation."

About Jan Mekel

Professor dr. ir Jan A.A. Mekel was professor in historical geology and palaeontology at the Technical College of Delft. He participated in the resistance during the Second World War. He was arrested and prosecuted the 3rd of May 1942. TU Delft decided to dedicate this prize to Professor Mekel because he stood for resistance and dignity.

Award Ceremony 2019

Date:  Thursday November 21st 2019
Time: 20.30
Location: Oude Kerk Delft, Heilige Geestkerkhof 25



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