chapter  2
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My life as a (female) sociologist

On September 15, 2003, I read a discussion document prepared for the Science and Society Program Committee of the European Commission's Research Directorate in Brussels, Orientations for the Work Programme 2004.1 I was very glad to see that in the introduction the Committee recognized that in order to make informed choices from the range of options thrown up by scientific progress in a knowledge-based society, policy-makers and citizens must be adequately equipped by "seeking both a better integration of science in society and society in science." This was recognized to require the following three aims, "to bring research closer to society; to promote responsible research and application of science and technology; to step up the science/society dialogue, and address also the role of women in science."