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Responsible Innovation

Successful companies innovate and innovation can bring a lot of good to society, but it may harm as well. The challenge is to innovate in a responsible way: beneficial both to business and society. Then many stakeholders and many aspects have to be addressed so an interdisciplinary approach is needed.

In this minor we combine the unique knowledge and skills of the three universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam. Each university contributes its own specific focus and expertise on Responsible Innovation. The students and teachers come from the different universities, and bring with them specific knowledge and perspectives from their universities.

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Maximum number of students:
Prospectus number: 5000MREIN
Number study activity: 1505
Language: English


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to Responsible Innovation 5
Innovation and Interface Management 5
Data for Peace and Justice 5
Responsible management of risk and safety 5
Responsible Innovation Management 5
Ethics, Culture and Biotechnology 5

Structure of the Minor

During this minor you will be introduced to the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that govern innovation, and discuss the ethical and other conditions for innovating responsibly. You will learn how responsible innovation can be defined and analysed; how it can be done and managed at the level of a project team, of a company, and of an entire economic system; and how it can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided. You will learn to work on these issues in a multidisciplinary team: a so called Student Project Group. In this group you diagnose, analyse, design, implement and evaluate (Intervention Cycle) a real life innovative case. You will work together with a ‘problem owner’ from a company, a non-governmental organisation or a a public organisation. This Student Project Group will be the integrative focal point of this minor. See

Target group

Are you interested in working together with students from various disciplines from Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam and do you think that people, planet and profit should be taken into account during innovation? If so, this English-Language minor could be right for you!

The minor is open to all third-year bachelor student of the three universities. Students from Rotterdam take only the first part in Q1 (15 ECTS). Students from Delft and Leiden can take both quarters making up a 30 ECTS minor.

We aim at students who are passionate about understanding dilemmas in responsible innovation. The course encourages students to think about the people, planet and profit aspects of potential innovations. The following common features describe our target group: – Societal conscious: you have a vision to understanding dilemmas in responsible innovation; – Entrepreneurial spirit: you are open minded with a flexible and proactive attitude; – Value-driven: you have a wish to contribute to financial, ecological and social sustainability. We are looking for a high diversity of interests and backgrounds, in order to have strong cross-disciplinary teams with higher and more effective innovation capacity!

Registration and contact details

You can register for this minor between May 1 and August 15. It is not possible to follow only one course, as the minor is a consistent package of courses designed to help you build your knowledge in a logical and connected way.

Exceptions are made for students who have to choose electives of 15 ECTS. In this case, students have to register for the individual courses – Basecamp, Camp I and Camp II (15 ECTS) which take place in the first quarter of the first semester, those Usis codes will be announced shortly.
More information on the minor and its specific courses will be available in the e-guide from May 1 onwards. If you have questions, please contact Sjoerd Louwaars at