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 ( 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 (, ESCP Europe
Anne-Wil Harzing (, Middlesex University
Linn Eleanor Zhang (, Loughborough University London
Shasha Zhao (, Middlesex University

Watch a brief video on CYGNA at my YouTube channel

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, Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University, Associate Dean for Research
    • Q&A with all participants
  • Leadership and resilience during and after Covid-19,  Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull, UK  
    • Commentary, Jenny Fry, Loughborough University, Associate Dean for Teaching
    • Q&A with all participants

Previous meetings

Pictures and presentations from all previous meetings are available: