Other Activities

National and International Committees

  • Member of a ‘klankbordgroep’ (sounding board) for the RMO (Raad voor maatschappelijke ontwikkeling – Advisory Council for Social Development, www.adviesorgaan-rmo.nl). The RMO is preparing advice for the government about the relationship between politics, citizens and new media, due to be finished in mid-2010.
  • Member of the jury for the Rabobank Prize, awarded for the best PhD awarded by Maastricht University, 2009
  • Member of evaluation committee for the NWO Maatschappij en de Elektronische Snelweg (Society and the Electronic Highway) research programme, 2007
  • Expert evaluator for the Belgian Science Policy Office ‘Society and Future’ Programme, 2005
  • Member of Review Panel for Volkswagenstiftung Programme, ‘Innovation Processes in Economy & Society’, 2002-5
  • Member of Commissioning Panel for ESRC ‘E-Society Programme’, 2002-2004
  • Chair of Evaluation Committee, ‘Information Research Programme’, Academy of Finland, 2002
  • International expert to assess research proposals for the ‘Society and the Electronic Highway Programme’, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, 2000 and 2002
  • External expert to assess research proposals for the ‘Information Research Programme, Stage II’, Academy of Finland, 1999
  • Member of ESRC subject area panel to review applications for postgraduate course and doctoral training recognition in the area of ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Studies’, 1996-9
  • Member of European Interuniversity Association of Society, Science and Technology Teaching Committee, 1992-99 (and Chair between 1996-99)
  • External assessor for Higher Education Funding Council for England ‘Teaching and Learning Technology Programme, Phase III’, 1997-8
  • Member of British Telecom National Information Technology Consumer panel, 1988-1992


Organisation of Conferences

  • Member of Programme Committee for the conference, ‘Engaging the Neighbours: Science, Technology and Innovation Studies in Amsterdam’, Amsterdam, July 2007.
  • Co-organiser with Flis Henwood and Eileen Green, ‘Information and Communication Technologies in Health Care: An International Research Connections Workshop’, Brighton, June 2007.
  • Organiser of a session, ‘Doing research about ICTs and health information’ at 4S conference, Vancouver, November 2006.
  • Co-organiser with Anne-Jorunn Berg of a session on ‘Autobiography and STS’ at EASST Conference, Lausanne, August 2006
  • Member of Programme Committee for the ‘International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Technology and the ICT Workplace’, Manchester, March 2006.
  • Co-organiser with Brian Balmer of international workshop on ‘Middle Range Theories in Science and Technology Studies’, Amsterdam, April 2005 (a special issue of Science, Technology and Human Values based on some of the workshop papers is in preparation).
  • Member of Programme Committee for joint 4S/EASST Conference, ‘Public Proofs. Science, Technology and Democracy’, Paris, August 2004.
  • Member of Programme Committee, ‘Gender & ICT: Strategies of inclusion’, Brussels, January 2004.
  • Co-organiser with Els Rommes of international symposium, ‘Gender and ICT: Where are we at?’, Amsterdam, January 2003.
  • Member of Scientific Committee for EASST Conference, ‘Responsibility under Uncertainty: Science, Technology and Accountability’ and organiser of session, ‘Viagra: Technoscience in search of a problem’, York, August 2002.
  • Organiser of two sessions on ‘Large technical systems and their users’ at 4S/EASST conference ‘Worlds in transition: technoscience, citizenship and culture in the 21st century’, Vienna, September 2000
  • Organiser of ‘Future of the Internet’ workshop, London, January 2000
  • Co-organiser with Tim Jordan of international conference, ‘Is there a future for the sociology of scientific knowledge?’ London, September 1996
  • Co-ordinator with Flis Henwood of ‘Gender and IT Network’ (South-east region), 1990-3
  • Convenor of workshop about ‘IT and informational architectures for policy-making’ for the European Group of Public Administration conference, The Hague, August 1991
  • Co-organiser with Juliet Webster of ‘Gender and Information Technology’ workshop, Eastbourne, May 1989
  • Co-organiser with Flis Henwood of ‘Women and development seminars – technology series’ Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, 1984-5



  • Member of International Advisory Board to research programme ‘Virtually informed: The internet in the medical field’, University of Vienna, 2005-7
  • External advisor for the development of masters level programmes in ‘Management of Science, Technology and Innovation’, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, 2005-6.
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Social Science, University of Vienna, 2004.
  • Visiting Professor, Groupe de Etude et de Récherche sur la Science, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, 1998-99.
  • External examiner, Department of Sociology & Politics, Anglia University, 1998-2001
  • Book proposals and manuscripts reviewed for: Routledge, Sage, Ashgate
  • Journal article manuscripts reviewed for: Science, Technology & Human Values; Social Studies of Science; New Media & Society; Information, Communication & Society; Journal of Computer Mediated Communication; Research Policy; Prometheus; British Journal of Management
  • External assessor for research proposals submitted to Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, HEFCE, Nuffield Foundation (all UK), Academy of Finland, NWO (Dutch Research Council), Norwegian Research Council, Volkswagen Foundation (Germany), National Science Foundation (US).