RECIPES kick-off meeting
The project „REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders” (RECIPES) addresses the current issue of how to protect the health and safety of people and the environment while promoting innovation. It investigates whether and how the precautionary and innovation principles can be reconciled with each other. As interdisciplinary project, RECIPES involves the integration of social and legal disciplines and is based on collaboration with policy makers and other stakeholders. New tools will be developed to help them to assess risks and make the process of decision making more manageable. Moreover, it will develop mechanisms for public involvement in research and innovation. As a basis for the further project, several case studies on the application of the precautionary principle since 2000 will be implemented.
The RECIPES project is funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation and is implemented by 11 consortium partners from all geographical regions of Europe. Involved are three leading academic groups in the field of the precautionary principle (from Maastricht University, University of Bergen, and Humboldt-University Berlin), three major European players in Technology Assessment (Rathenau Institute, the Danish Board of Technology and the Austrian Academy of Sciences) and five leading non-profit research institutes (Dialogik, Ecologic, IASS, ARC-FUND and K&I).
On January 24 and 25, the RECIPES kick-off conference took place at Maastricht University. In addition to the presentation of the project and its underlying problem, the individual work packages of the different consortium partners were discussed.
Prof. Dr. Ellen Vos and Dr. Kristel de Smedt