René Levy (1944) is professor emeritus of sociology. He studied sociology, psychology and political economy in Zurich. From 1980 he taught at the University of Lausanne and created the Institut d’étude interdisciplinaire des trajectoires biographiques in 2003 which generated the NCCR LIVES (2011). Research interests: social stratification, gender relationships, life-course analysis. Engagements: Vicepresident and president of the Swiss Society for Sociology (1988-94), committee of the SAHS (1991-94), « Club SoWi » (1993-2000), National Research Council Div. IV (2000-08), steering committee NRP 60 « Equality of men and women » (2009-14), Kontrapunkt (2004-).