The name CYGNA derives from the female version of the Latin word for SWAN (Supporting Women in Academia Network). Established in June 2014, the main objective of the group is to promote interaction among female academics in the London area and to provide a forum for learning, support, and networking. Although most of our members work in business & management, we welcome participants from neighbouring disciplines.

We are organizing events that take place every two months at a London-based university. Meetings normally run on Friday afternoons with a 15:00 start and are followed by dinner to allow for more informal interaction. For more details on our meetings see here. A quick overview of past presentations can be found here.

We also maintain a readings and inspirations section for female academics and have a Twitter hashtag #cygna_london. 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 five years [in italics], topics we are planning for the next academic year [2019-2020, in purple italics] and ideas for new topics for future years. They are loosely structured in a matrix, but in reality many topics have elements of multiple quadrants of the matrix.