Information about forthcoming CYGNA meetings

Initially, our events took place every two months at a London-based university. Since COVID-19, we run both online and on-campus meetings. Every meeting includes a mix of presentations, focusing on specific research topics, research methods, career perspectives, publishing and research impact.

For more details on our meetings see here. A quick overview of past presentations can be found here. We maintain a readings and inspirations section for female academics, a LinkedIn group, and hashtags #cygna_london and #cygnawomen. For a full description of our network see: Celebrating CYGNA: Supporting women in academia.

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. 

2023-2024 CYGNA meetings

Please note: all times are London time, i.e. Winter time GMT+0, Summer time GMT+1.

#54: 13 Oct, 12.00-14.00: CYGNA past, present, future (online)
>>>Prefaced by new members meeting 2, 11.30

Organizers: Ciara O'Higgins (Deusto Business School, Spain), Anne-Wil Harzing (Middlesex University, UK). Presenting an overview of CYGNA's history, recent expansion of our organizing team, new initiatives, and our plans for the future.

#55: 15 Nov, 11.00-16.15: The Power of Neurodiversity
University of Westminster (on site event)

Organizers: Christa Sathish (Univ. of Westminster, UK), Clarice Santos (Middlesex University, UK)


  • Dr Christa Sathish [Lecturer in Management & Marketing, University of Westminster]: ‘The Power of Neurodiversity’ and a positive academia approach 
  • Philippa Eddie [Doctoral Researcher, Oxford Brookes University]: Coaching in the workplace in the context of neurodiversity 
  • Dr Claire Robertson [Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and College of Liberal Arts and Science Disability Tutor, University of Westminster]: Empowering and supporting neurodiversity in academia 

Special guest: Jacqueline Leon Ribas [Doctoral Researcher, University of Westminster] 

#56: 8 December, 11.00-13.00: Christmas celebration (online)
>>>Prefaced by new members meeting 3, 11.30

OrganizersShasha Zhao (University of Surrey, UK), Satkeen Azzizadeh (Middlesex University, UK)

#57: 19 Jan, 11.00-15.00: Sustainable Academic Careers
University of Durham (on site event)

Organizer: Martyna Śliwa (University of Durham, UK) and CYGNA North team

>>>New members meeting 4: February 16, 12.00-13.00 [see picture below]

#58: 1 March 10.00-12.00: Necessary Condition Analysis: What, Why and How?

Organizer & presentersTatiana Andreeva (Maynooth University, Ireland), Nicole Franziska Richter, University of Southern Denmark

>>>New members meeting 5: 26 April 13.30-14.30

#59: 17 May, 10.00-12.00 (online): Motivation & social meaning, Theory vs Practice: how to find a balance?

Organizers: Shea Fan (Deakin University, Australia), Heejin Kim (Osaka University, Japan), Ting Liu (Kyoto University, Japan)

#60: Friday 21 June - Sunday 23 June, all day, on-site event @ Cumberland Lodge: CYGNA 10-year anniversary

Organizers: CYGNA coordination team.

>>>New members meeting 6: July [date to be confirmed]

Watch a brief video on CYGNA at my YouTube channel

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