24 Jan 25 Jan
09:00 - 12:15
European and International law

REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through Engagement of Stakeholders (RECIPES)


Maastricht University has recently been awarded a large H2020 project on the precautionary principle. The project will take three years, and will start in February 2019. Ellen Vos and Kristel De Smedt will lead the Project Consortium together with colleagues Michael Faure and Marjolein van Asselt, Christine Neuhold and Esther Versluis (CERiM). The Consortium is composed of 11 partners, representing all geographical regions of Europe and brings together academic expertise from 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 and the Danish Board of Technology, the Austrian Academy of Sciences) and five leading non-profit research institutes (Dialogik, Ecologic, IASS, ARC-FUND and K&I).


Prof. Dr. Ellen Vos and Dr. Kristel de Smedt

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The project entitled REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders (RECIPES) will address the topical question as to how to protect health and safety of persons and the environment whilst promoting innovation. RECIPES will carry out legal research on the precautionary principle and develop case studies on highly debated issues such as glyphosate, endocrine disrupters, GMOs and New Gene-Editing techniques. It will moreover develop a new toolkit for the application of the precautionary principle taking into account the innovation principle. It will involve engagement of stakeholders in all stages of the research. It will moreover develop mechanisms for public involvement in research and innovation. RECIPES will also develop scenarios for the future application of the precautionary principle and co-create new tools and approaches to the precautionary principle to help policymakers and other stakeholders to assess risks and uncertainty and allow decisions to be made on a case-by-case basis, responding to the question how to responsibly decide on precaution and innovation.

Launching Conference Programme

Maastricht University, Faculty of law, Bouillonstraat 1-3, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Day 1, Thursday 24 January 2019

PART I All participants, Location/room: Statenzaal

Registration and coffee

10.00-10.10 Welcome
Prof. dr. Jan Smits (MU)
10.10-10.15 Chair Prof. dr. Michael Faure (MU)

The Precautionary Principle: Coping with uncertainty in a complex world
Prof. dr. Ortwin Renn (IASS, Potsdam)


The Precautionary Principle: Challenges and Need for Revision?
Prof. dr. Iris Goldner Lang, University of Zagreb  
Howard Chase, European Risk Forum
Christine von Weizs├Ącker - Ecoropa


Better regulation and innovation principle 
Mr. Gergely Tardos, European Commission, DG RTD, Unit A5 

11.45-12.00 Coffee break

Presentation of the RECIPES Project
General overview  (UM, Ellen Vos/Kristel De Smedt)
Co-Creation Approach (DBT, Rasmus Nielsen and Dialogik, Marion Dreyer)
Multiple Case-studies Approach (IASS Potsdam, Joe Rini)

13.00-14.30 Lunch for advisory board, speakers and consortium members at Basilica
PART II Only for Consortium Members and Advisory Board, Location/room: B0.118

Detailed discussion of Work Package 1: Taking Stock of the Precautionary principle since 2000
Lead: Maastricht University

  • Tasks and task division
  • Timeline
  • Any other issues

Detailed discussion of Work Package 2: Multiple Case-study Analysis
Lead: IASS

  • Tasks and task division
  • Timeline
  • Case-studies
  • Stakeholder case-study: debate
  • Any other issues
16.35-18.00 Intermezzo: Public Lecture by Michael Ignatieff, president CEU in room Statenzaal 

Detailed discussion of Work Package 3: Development of new tools and approaches to the precautionary principle
Lead: DBT

  • Timeline
  • Overall WP presentation
  • Work division proposal
  • Debate
19.30 Dinner at restaurant Petit Bonheur for Consortium Members and Advisory Board


DAY 2, Friday 25 January 2019

  Only for Consortium Members and Advisory Board, Location/room: B0.118

Detailed discussion of Work Package 4: Policy Dialogue
Lead: Dialogik

  • Tasks and task division
  • Timeline
  • Any other issues

Detailed discussion of Work Package 5: Communication and Dissemination
Lead: Ecologic Institute

  • Communication and dissemination tasks: Overview, expectations and work plan
  • Link to other work packages: Input, responsibilities and cooperation between Ecologic Institute and partners
  • First ideas for dissemination and communication: Logo, website and information material

Coordination and Management
Maastricht University

  • The Research and Executive Agency (REA), role in the project and main GA requirements, Mr. Antonio Scarafino, Project advisor European Commission
  • Financial arrangements for Consortium Members, Diana Schabregs, Maastricht University
  • Practical Arrangements for Consortium Member
    - Draft Consortium Agreement
    - Data Management Plan
    - Ethics
12.00-13.00 Discussion
13.00 Closing of conference


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