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

Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Grant Agreement: 824665
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1/01/2019

The three-year EU-funded project entitled REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders (RECIPES) addresses 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, today recognized as a general principle in EU law, which enables public authorities to adopt precautionary measures in situations of scientific uncertainty in particular in case of a risk to human health and/or the environment. The project will then develop eight 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 and 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, in cooperation with different stakeholders, 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.

RECIPES project is coordinated by the University of Maastricht and it is carried out by a Consortium 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, three major European players in Technology Assessment and five important non-academic research institutes. Among the latter, K&I as a gender expert partner, will guarantee that a gender and diversity perspective will be taken into account in all the phases of the project, with a particular emphasis on the gender-sensitive analysis of the case studies.