The RECIPES consortium was composed of 11 partners, representing all geographical regions of Europe and bringing together academic expertise from three leading academic groups in the field of the precautionary principle (Maastricht University, University of Bergen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), three major European players in Technology Assessment (Rathenau Institute, the Danish Board of Technology, the Austrian Academy of Sciences) and five leading non-profit research institutes (Dialogik, Ecologic Institute, IASS, ARC-FUND, K&I).

Project Leader

Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM) is one of the most international universities in the Netherlands. It has a strong international outlook with a focus on high-quality and innovative research and education. At the UM, research on European and international themes is carried out in multidisciplinary teams.

Consortium Partners

Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen

The interfaculty Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities teaches theory of science and ethics at all levels at the University of Bergen. Its research is interdisciplinary, combining philosophy and history of science, STS, science ethics/bioethics, risk and complexity theory.


DIALOGIK is a non-profit research corporation which investigates communication and coordination processes in contemporary societies. Since its founding in 2003, DIALOGIK has been dedicated to research on risk, participation, and the inter-relationships between technology, science, and society.

Ecologic Institute

Ecologic Institute is an independent, academic think tank for environmental research and policy analysis. Since its founding in 1995, Ecologic Institute has been dedicated to improving environmental policy, sustainable development and policy practice.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is a renowned research university with around 40000 students and 4000 employees. The participating institute is the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), founded in 2009, conducts research with the goal of identifying, advancing, and guiding transformation processes towards sustainable societies. Its research practice is transdisciplinary, transformative, and co-creative.

Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

The ITA deals with the impacts of new technologies on society, the environment and the economy. It carries out scientific technology assessment (TA) on a variety of topics. The results of this work support policy-makers, administration and the public with regard to issues of technology policy.

Knowledge and Innovation srls

K&I is a social research private organisation focusing on deep change affecting contemporary societies in fields like scientific research dynamics, gender and science, public engagement and responsible research and innovation, environmental sustainability and energy transition, privacy and security.

Rathenau Instituut

The Rathenau Instituut is a knowledge institute that supports the formation of public and political opinion on socially relevant aspects of science and technology. It conducts research on this subject and organises debates on science, innovation, and new technology.

The Applied Research and Communications Fund

ARC Fund is a premier Bulgarian NGO that was established in 1991. It is actively contributing to the field of research and innovation policy with the aim of supporting the development of knowledge-based economy and information society.

The Danish Board of Technology Foundation

DBT is a non-profit, common good, foundation, committed to technology assessment, foresight, knowledge-based decision-making, parliamentary advisory activities on science, technology and innovation, collaborative democracy and methodological research.