The name CYGNA derives from the female version of the Latin word for SWAN (Supporting Women in Academia Network).

Established in June 2014, the group's main objective is to promote interaction among female academics in the London area and to provide a forum for learning, support, and networking.

We organize events that take place every two months at a London-based university. Meetings normally run on Friday afternoons  and are followed by dinner to allow for more informal interaction. For more details on our meetings see here.

We also maintain a readings and inspirations section for female academics and have a Twitter hashtag #cygna_london. A quick overview of past presentations can be found here. For a full description of our network see: Celebrating CYGNA: Supporting women in academia. If you are interested in being on the mailing list and/or attending our events please contact Anne-Wil Harzing ( Feel free to share this information to anyone who might be interested.

Watch a brief video on CYGNA at my YouTube channel

Organizing Committee

Overview of prior and planned meeting topics

The table below provides an overview of topics we have covered in our meetings in the last six years [in italics], topics already scheduled for the next academic year [2020-2021, in purple italics] and ideas for future topics. They are loosely structured in a matrix, but in reality many topics have elements of multiple quadrants of the matrix.