The name CYGNA derives from the female version of the Latin word for SWAN (Supporting Women in Academia Network).

Established in June 2014, the group's main objective is to promote interaction among female academics and to provide a forum for learning, support, and networking.

We organize monthly events. For more details on our meetings see here. 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. An overview of blogposts of nearly all our meetings is here. 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

Overview of prior and planned meeting topics

The table below provides an overview of topics we have covered in our meetings in the last seven years, with topics already scheduled for future years in purple italics. They are loosely structured in a matrix, but in reality many topics have elements of multiple quadrants of the matrix.

Watch a brief video on CYGNA at my YouTube channel