We are pleased to announce that the TU Delft Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geo Sciences (CEG) has joined the Delft Design for Values (DDfV) Institute. This means that five TU Delft faculties now collaborate on designing for values and responsible innovation. The other four faculties, who together established the DDfV Institute, are Architecture & the Built Environment, Industrial Design Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Sciences, and Technology, Policy & Management.

Within the field of Civil Engineering and Geo Sciences various recent developments make systematic and explicit reflection on ethical and societal values more important than ever before. Innovations with respect to geothermal energy and CO2 storage for example raise questions on what responsible usage of the earth’s deep surface entails. Another relevant development that raises new value-laden issues is the increasing digitization of the field, such as the use of big data, machine learning, earth observation, sensors, smart infrastructure, and predictive maintenance.

The Delft Design for Values Institute also welcomes the expertise that the Faculty of CEG brings to the table for addressing wider societal questions, for example regarding the environment and water management, smart transport and mobility, safety and quality of residential areas, the circular economy and the energy transition. One of the goals of the DDfV Institute is to stimulate the interdisciplinary collaboration that is required for responsible innovations addressing such societal challenges. The Faculty of CEG is a welcome addition to the four DDfV founding faculties.

Prof. Luuk Rietveld of the Faculty of CEG has joined the board of the DDfV Institute and another CEG representative will soon join the Management Team. Researchers at the Faculty of CEG are cordially invited to participate in our monthly Playground Meetings and other DDfV events, and submit a proposal for DDfV seed project funding or for the DDfV event subsidy.