The dutch Rathenau Instituut

Science, technology and innovation are essential for our society to prosper. Knowledge based on independent, quality assured information helps people to develop ideas and innovate, to engage in discussions, influence policy and make decisions that address Europe’s grand challenges. At the Rathenau Instituut we research the public impact of science, technology and innovation. Our work, for Dutch and European political decision makers and citizens, aims to promote excellent science policy and provide the best available knowledge for supporting opinion forming on public concerns.


The Rathenau Instituut is an independent organisation for research and dialogue based in the Hague. The institute was founded in 1986 and falls under the administrative responsibility of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The institute has a multidisciplinary staff of over fifty. It includes social and political scientists, physicists, biologists, statisticians, information specialists, engineers, trend watchers, innovation experts, philosophers, economists and legal and policy experts. There are two research departments and a communications unit. The Technology Assessment (TA) department explores, identifies and analyses the impact of science and technology on society. It provides unbiased and independent advice to political decision makers and the public. Our TA department has over twenty years’ experience of participation methods, public dialogue and stakeholder processes that assist political and societal opinion forming and decision making. The Science System Assessment (SciSA) department conducts high-quality research into Research & Innovation systems and their effects on policies using both quantitative and qualitative data to enable evidencebased decision-making. It provides analyses, indicators and evaluation methods for public and private investment in R&D, innovation, and strategies for excellent science policy. Our SciSA staff also has a thorough knowledge of academic careers and mobility, knowledge transfer and collaborative research projects. The Communications Department includes journalists and media experts. Their knowledge also encompasses participation and public dialogue methods, stakeholder meetings, valorisation processes and creative and effective dissemination strategies. The Rathenau Instituut is independent in both status and spirit; critical, flexible, and focused on delivering high quality research with impact. We have a large international network of scientific, innovation and industrial experts, policymakers and NGOs. We work according to a quality review protocol. International cooperation is crucial for understanding and addressing developments in science and technology. The Rathenau Instituut has a strong relationship with its many sister organisations in Europe and is a prominent member of the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment network (EPTA). It works for the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and its Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA). The Rathenau Instituut has additional international partnerships in China, Japan, India, Korea and the United States.


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The Netherlands
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