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. A quick overview of past presentations can be found here. For a full description of our network see: Celebrating CYGNA: Supporting women in academia.

Organizing Committee

Argyro Avgoustaki (aavgoustaki@escpeurope.eu), ESCP Europe
Anne-Wil Harzing (anne@harzing.com), Middlesex University
Linn Eleanor Zhang (l.e.zhang@lboro.ac.uk), Loughborough University London
Shasha Zhao (s.zhao@mdx.ac.uk), Middlesex University

Meetings for the 2020-2021 academic year

To support our members through difficult COVID-19 times, we are planning monthly meetings for the next academic year. We will alternate between formal meetings with a presentation by a CYGNA member and/or guest speakers and informal meetings in which we'll convene in small break-out groups after a short plenary opening to get to know other CYGNA members.

Meeting 33: 25 September 2020, Loughborough University London virtual [11.00-13.30]

Organizer: Linn Eleanor Zhang, Loughborough University London

  • Women can have it all: how to balance research, leadership and family before and after Covid-19, Kristiina Mäkelä, Provost, Aalto University, Finland
  • Commentary; Q&A with all participants, Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University, Associate Dean for Research; Kristiina Mäkelä  Provost, Aalto University, Finland
  • Leadership and resilience during and after Covid-19,  Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull, UK  
  • Commentary; Q&A with all participants, Jenny Fry, Loughborough University, Associate Dean for Teaching; Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University School of Business, Research and Career mentor; Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull, UK  

Meetings for the 2019-2020 academic year

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

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

Organizer: Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP London

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 30a: 13 March 2020, Loughborough University London, Stratford London [postponed till September]

Organizer: Linn Eleanor Zhang, Loughborough University London

  • Women can have it all: how to balance research, leadership and family, Kristiina Mäkelä  Provost, Aalto University, Finland
  • Panel: Jenny Fry, Loughborough University, Associate Dean for Teaching, Elizabeth Gadd, Loughborough University, Research Policy Manager (Publications), Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University London, Associate Dean for Research, Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University Business School, Research and Career mentor and former Associate Dean Research and RHD

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 31: 15 May 2020, Virtual, from our homes [14.00-17.00]

Organised by the full CYGNA organizing team, see also: 1st CYGNA Global Virtual Meeting: Coping with a Pandemic

Meeting 32: 26 June 2020, Virtual, from our homes [11.00-13.30]

Organised by the full CYGNA organizing team, see also: 2nd CYGNA Global Virtual Meeting: MBTI & Stress

  • Presentation MBTI & stress. Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP London
  • Q&A and discussions about MBTI, the future of universities and online conferences

Previous meetings

Pictures and presentations from all previous meetings are available: