Before COVID-19 our events took place every two months at a London-based university. Meetings would normally run on Friday afternoons with a 15.00 start, 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.

Since COVID-19, we run monthly meetings; all meetings are run online and attended by CYGNA members from all over the world.

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. An overview of blogposts of nearly all our meetings is here: CYGNA: Resource collection for the summer holidays.

Organizing Committee

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

2021-2022 CYGNA meetings

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

Meeting 42: Friday 24 September 2021,13.00-16.00: All the WHYs and HOWs you need to know about Coaching

Organizer: Linn Eleanor Zhang, Loughborough University London.

PART 1: How can coaching help enhance your career?

PART 2: How to get started as a coach and coachee? For details see here.

Meeting 43: Thursday 18 November, 10.00-12.00: Happily ever after? Co-creating wellbeing in academia

Organizer: Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd, University of Strathclyde

Meeting 44: Friday 17 December, 14.00-16.00: Christmas celebration

Organizer: Shasha Zhao, University of Surrey

Meeting 45: Friday 21 January, 10.00-12.00: Diversity of academic career paths

Organizer: Carole Cooper, Sheffield University

Meeting 46: Friday 25 March, 14.00-16.00: Supervising and being supervised: Expectations and experiences of the doctoral journey

Organizers: Judie Gannon, Ciara O'Higgins, Viviana Meschitti

Meeting 47: Friday 13 May, 11.00-16.00: Are you the change you want to see in the world? Positionality, team roles and academic activism

Organizers: Argyro Avgoustaki, Clarice Santos, Bianca Stumbitz

Watch a brief video on CYGNA at my YouTube channel

Previous meetings

Pictures and presentations from all previous meetings are available: