Information about Cygna meetings past and present

Before COVID-19 our events took place every two months at a London-based university. Meetings would normally run on Friday afternoons with a 15.00 start, followed by dinner to allow for more informal interaction. Since COVID-19, we run monthly meetings; all meetings are run online and attended by CYGNA members from all over the world. Every meeting includes a mix of presentations, focusing on specific research topics, research methods, career perspectives, publishing and research impact. We also regularly invite female scholars from other countries to broaden the network.

For more details on our meetings see here. A quick overview of past presentations can be found here. We maintain a readings and inspirations section for female academics, a LinkedIn group, and hashtags #cygna_london and #cygnawomen. 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.

Organizing Committee

Argyro Avgoustaki (, ESCP Business School, London
Anne-Wil Harzing (, Middlesex University
Ling Eleanor Zhang (, ESCP Business School, London
Shasha Zhao (, University of Surrey

2022-2023 CYGNA meetings

Please note: all times are London time, i.e. Winter time GMT+0, Summer time GMT+1. Unless otherwise indicated meetings are run online via Zoom.

Chi Hoang

Meeting 48: Friday 30 September, 12.30-14.30: 
Gender & migration

Organizer: Ling Eleanor Zhang, ESCP London.

SpeakersAida Hajro, University of Leeds, UK; Anastasia Christou, Middlesex University, UK; Eleanor Kofman, Middlesex University, UK; Maria Elo, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; Milda Zilinskaite, Vienna University, Austria.

Meeting 49: Thursday 17 November, 10.00-12.00: 
How to manage individual research performance:
evidence-based insights

Organizers and speakers: Olga Ryazanova, Maynooth University, Ireland; Jolanta Jaškienė, ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania; Clare Rigg, University of Suffolk, UK.

Part 1. Managing research performance – what does scientific evidence tell us?

  • Managing research productivity – seven key insights. Olga Ryazanova, Lecturer of Management.

Part 2. Managing research – insights from practice

  • Research productivity management through the eyes of a Research Manager. Jolanta Jaškienė, Senior Research Manager.
  • Managing research as an Associate Dean Research. Clare Rigg, Professor of Leadership & Management.

Meeting 50: Friday 16 December, 13.00-14.30:
Christmas celebration & CYGNA at 50

OrganizersCiara O'Higgins and Christa Sathish

Meeting 51: Friday 27 January, 12.00-16.00:
University of Manchester (on campus event, part hybrid):
The changing nature of academia: Challenges and opportunities for women academics

OrganizersAxèle Giroud, University of Manchester, UK; Annie Wei, University of Leeds, UK, with overall introduction by Fiona Devine, Dean AMBS. For details on this event see here

Meeting 52: Friday 24 March, 10.00-12.00: 
Kind and inclusive networking:
The why, where and how of networking in CYGNA

Organizer: Ciara O'Higgins, Deusto Business School, Spain.

Meeting 53: Friday 26 May, 12.00-16.00:
ESCP Business School London (on campus event): Thriving in Research and Coping with Uncertainties

OrganizersArgyro AvgoustakiLing Eleanor ZhangChi Hoang (all ESCP Business School, UK), Shasha Zhao, University of Surrey

Watch a brief video on CYGNA at my YouTube channel