CYGNA: Resource collection for the summer holidays

Since moving to the UK, I have been involved in running CYGNA. The network was established in June 2014  as a combined initiative of Argyro Avgoustaki, Ling Eleanor Zhang, and Anne-Wil Harzing, later joined by Shasha Zhao. The name CYGNA derives from the female version of the Latin word for SWAN (Supporting Women in Academia Network). The main objective of the group is to promote interaction among female academics based in the London area and to provide a forum for learning, support, and networking. We typically hold four or five meetings a year with a mix of presentations and informal discussions. A quick overview of the topics covered can be found here. Yearly meeting overviews with pictures can be found here


CYGNA meetings 2014-2018

Over the last few months I have been writing up blogposts relating to our prior meetings. Here is a list of all of them. Some are more detailed than others as I did this retrospectively, so I don't remember as much from the earlier meetings. We are also missing pictures and presentations for many of the early meetings, and many of these meetings featured research presentations which are not as interesting to a larger audience as the more generic presentations. Therefore, I have combined the 2014-2016 meetings into two bigger topics.

CYGNA: Be nice AND get the corner office [2018]

CYGNA: Gender researchers meeting [2018]

CYGNA: Secondary data sources and research portfolios [2018]

CYGNA: Working effectively with support staff in academia [2017]

CYGNA: Social network analysis and managing large research teams [2017]

CYGNA: Building your academic brand through social media [2017]

CYGNA: Careers, mobility and belonging: foreign women academics in the UK [2017]

CYGNA: Women academics in Australia and France [2014-2016]

CYGNA: Publishing in Management, Psychology and International Business [2014-2016]

WAIB Panel: Academic career strategies for women in the UK [panel at the AIB-UKI conference]

CYGNA meetings 2019-onwards

From 2019 onwards I have written up separate blogposts for each meeting. Here is the - continuously growing - list.

CYGNA: Internal versus External promotion

CYGNA: Understand your co-author(s) and yourself with MBTI

CYGNA: Big Data in the Social Sciences

CYGNA: Life-long learning in academia

CYGNA: Internationalisation of Japanese academia

CYGNA's 5 year anniversary: Middlesex writing boot-camp

CYGNA: Work intensification, well-being and career advancement

CYGNA: Negotiation workshop

1st CYGNA Global Virtual Meeting: Coping with a Pandemic

2nd CYGNA Global Virtual Meeting: MBTI & Stress

CYGNA: Female leadership in Higher Education

CYGNA: How do I keep my job (in academia) in uncertain times?

CYGNA: The wonderful world of book publishing

CYGNA: REF and Christmas during a pandemic

CYGNA: Working in a Horizon-2020 project

CYGNA: Resistance to gender equality in academia

CYGNA: Climbing up the academic career ladder

CYGNA: Women management scholars leading REF impact case studies

CYGNA: Writing a literature review paper: whether, what, and when?

Publish or Perish related presentations

During the CYGNA meetings I also gave regular presentations (see picture) about citation analysis and the use of my Publish or Perish software. However, most of these presentations have now been improved for other purposes. Here are some blogposts relating to this:

6th meeting

Drop me a line and have a nice Summer

If you’d like to join the CYGNA network, just drop me an email. This will be my last post before my Summer blogging holiday in July and August. The British summer is too short to spend more time behind your computer than is strictly necessary. Have a great summer all! I'll see you back early September with a post on Internal vs. External promotions.