Our events take place approximately every two months at a London-based university. Meetings run on Friday afternoons with a 15.00 start and are 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.

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.

Organizing Committee

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

Meetings for the 2020-2021 academic year

To support our members through difficult COVID-19 times, we are planning monthly meetings for the next academic year. We will alternate between "formal" meetings with multiple substantive presentations and informal meetings with very short presentations and small break-out groups to get to know other CYGNA members.

Meeting 33: 25 September 2020, 10.50-13.30: Female leadership before and after COVID-19

Organizer: Linn Eleanor Zhang, Loughborough University London

  • Women can have it all: how to balance research, leadership and family before and after Covid-19, Kristiina Mäkelä, Provost, Aalto University, Finland
    • Commentary, Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University, Associate Dean for Research
    • Q&A with all participants
  • Leadership and resilience during and after Covid-19,  Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull, UK  
    • Commentary, Jenny Fry, Loughborough University, Associate Dean for Teaching
    • Q&A with all participants

Meeting 34: 22 October 2020, 10.30-12.00: How do I keep my job (in academia) in uncertain times?

Organizer: Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University; Chair/Facilitator: Axele Giroud, University of Manchester

  • Shea Fan, RMIT University, Australia: Global Pandemic and its impact on women working in Australia’s Higher Education sector

  • Mariana Dodourova, Middlesex University, UK: A brief no-nonsense overview of the current UK HE environment
  • Marian Jones, Sheffield University, UK: Time to leave, or time to change? A gendered perspective on academic work during a crisis

Meeting 35: 26 November 2020, 9.00-11.00: The wonderful world of book publishing

  • Organizer: Marian Mahat, University of Melbourne
  • Speakers: Francine O'Sullivan (Edward Elgar), Kimberley Chadwick (Emerald), Kiren Shoman (SAGE)

Meeting 36: 18 December 2020, 14.30-16.00: CYGNA Christmas celebration

  • Organizer: Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University
  • Reflecting on our challenges of 2020 and hopes for the future of Higher Education

Meeting 37: 22 January 2021, 14.00-16.00: GLOMO project

  • Organizer: Cordula Barzantny
  • Speakers: Four PhD students in the project

Watch a brief video on CYGNA at my YouTube channel

Previous meetings

Pictures and presentations from all previous meetings are available: