Meetings

Our events take place approximately every two months at a London-based university. Meetings run on Friday afternoons with a 15.00 start and are followed by dinner to allow for more informal interaction.

Every meeting includes a mix of presentations, focusing on specifc research topics, research methods, career perspectives, publishing and research impact. We also regularly invite female scholars from other countries to broaden the network.

If you are interested in being on the mailing list and/or attending our events please contact Anne-Wil Harzing (anne@harzing.com). Feel free to share this information to anyone who might be interested. We also maintain a readings and inspirations section for female academics and have a Twitter hashtag #cygna_london.

Organizing Committee

Argyro Avgoustaki (aavgoustaki@escpeurope.eu), ESCP Europe
Anne-Wil Harzing (anne@harzing.com), Middlesex University
Shasha Zhao (s.zhao@mdx.ac.uk), Middlesex University

Meetings for the 2019-2020 academic year

Before making any travel plans, please confirm the date and topic(s) with the organizer.

Meeting 28: 20 September 2019, Middlesex University, Hendon, London [11.00-18.00 + networking with drinks & finger food]

Organizers: Shasha Zhao, Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University

Writing bootcamp to celebrate five years of CYGNA, see also Middlesex University Summer 2019 writing boot-camp

Meeting 29: 29 November 2019, ESCP Europe, West Hampstead, London [15.00-18.00 + networking with drinks & finger food]

Organizer: Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP London

  • Work intensification and the implication for employees' health, Kerstin Alfes, ESCP Europe, Berlin campus
  • Does work effort pay off? Implications for employee well-being and career advancement, Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP Europe, London campus
  • Discussion about workload and overtime in an academic context and sharing of experiences about formal workload models in preparation for a CYGNA survey on this topic

Meeting 30: 31 January 2020, London School of Economics, Holborn, London [15.00-18.00 + networking with drinks & finger food]

Organizer: Hyun-Jung Lee, London School of Economics

Meeting 31: 13 March 2020, Loughborough University London, Stratford London [13.00-16.00 + networking with drinks & finger food]

Organizer: Ling Eleanor Zhang, Loughborough University London

  • Women can have it all: how to balance research, leadership and family, Kristiina Mäkelä Provost, Aalto University, Finland
  • Bio: Kristiina Mäkelä (PhD) is Professor of International Business at Aalto University School of Business and Provost of Aalto University, Finland. Her research focuses on Human Resource Management and Future of Work-related issues, including people management in multinational corporations. She is an active researcher, having published in outlets such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management and Journal of World Business among others, and a sought-after teacher and key-note speaker both in Finland and internationally. Since December 2017, she has taken on leadership responsibilities at Aalto, being in charge for all academic activities at the university. Before entering academia, she worked for more than ten years in Procter & Gamble, the world-leading consumer-goods multinational. She has four children, and currently lives in Espoo, Finland, having spent twelve years in the UK and Sweden.

Meeting 32: May, TBA, most likely Birbeck University of London

Meetings for the 2018-2019 academic year

Meeting 22: 28 September 2018, Middlesex University, Hendon, London [15.00-19.00]

Organizers: Shasha Zhao, Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University

Meeting 23: 23 November 2018, ESCP Europe, West Hampstead, London [15.00-18.00 + networking with drinks & finger food]

Organizer: Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP London

Meeting 24: 25 January 2019, Imperial College London, South Kensington, London [15.00-18.00 + networking with drinks & finger food]

Organizer: Sarah Otner, Imperial College London

Meeting 25: 22 March 2019, Birbeck University of London, Bloomsbury, London [15.00-17.00 + optional restaurant dinner]

 Organizer: Alexandra Beauregard, Birkbeck University of London

  • Life-long learning in academia: participating in [leadership] development programs
    • Salma Soliman, Middlesex University: Beyond formalities: Reflections of Erasmus+ Teaching visit
    • Orthodoxia Kyriacou, Middlesex University: Seeing into the light: some personal experiences of the Aurora programme

Meeting 26: 24 May 2019, Leeds University Business School, Leeds [10.30-15.30, including lunch]

Organizers: Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Annie Wei, Elizabeth Rose, University of Leeds

Meeting 27: 14 June 2019, London School of Economics, Holborn, London, [15.00-18.00 + networking with drinks & finger food]

Organizer: Hyun-Jung Lee, London School of Economics

  • Internationalisation of Japanese academia: is there a role model? Heejin Kim, University of Tohoku
  • Skills development session “Social media profile clinic” Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University

Previous meetings

Pictures and presentations from all previous meetings are available: