Innovation is everywhere: new apps, new devices, new products, new processes etc. Innovation paths, from ideas to products, are heavily influenced by external forces such market tendencies, political ideals and socio-ethical values. In this context, social scientists ask: What does it mean for an innovation to take a responsible innovation path?

The Ri-Paths Project seeks to answer this question with artificial photosynthesis as a case in point. The project funded by the Dutch Research Council (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO) and is a collaboration between University of Twente, Wageningen University and Technical University of Dortmund. The project combines interdisciplinary knowledge from the social sciences, natural sciences and philosophy of technology (the alpha, beta and gamma, as they are referred to in Dutch).

  • If you want to know more about RI paths, a short explanation video can be found here.

  • If you want to contact the project members, click here.

  • If you want to be part of our case study (RI Paths for Ultrathin Nanomembranes The Netherlands)? Find out more here.

For a brief introduction to the project and its context, check out our introductory video: