Meetings 2016-2017

Overview of Cygna network meetings in the academic year 2016-2017

If you are interested in being on the mailing list and/or attending our events please contact Anne-Wil Harzing ( We also maintain a readings and inspirations section 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.

12th meeting 23 September 2016 (Middlesex University)

12th meeting

Co-organised by Shasha Zhao, Middlesex University

  • Building an academic career - experiences from down-under (Helen Hu, University of Melbourne)
  • Open discussion: How can the network support members in tenure and promotion applications?

13th meeting 18 November 2016 (ESCP Europe)


  • Adding interest to academic writing - advice and tips (Sara Young, University College London)
  • Working with abstracts and introductory paragraphs: hands-on meeting working together to improve our writing.
  • Open discussion: The Future of our network - new name (CYGNA), distributed organization with five key London locations, and choice of logo design [watch this space!].

14th meeting 20 January 2017 (London School of Economics)

Organised by Esther Canonico, Karin King and Huyn-Jung Lee London School of Economics

  • Research Paper: Early Career Satisfaction of Young Graduates: The double-edged sword of international experience, Christina Butler, Kingston University London
  • Interactive Discussion: Choosing the right outlet for your work (Facilitator: Hyun-Jung Lee, London School of Economics)

15th meeting 17 March 2017 (Royal Holloway)

cygna group march

Organised by Ling Eleanor Zhang and Fiona Moore, Royal Holloway, University of London

Martyna Sliwa

Abstract: In my presentation to CYGNA members I will draw on the findings of my research into the experiences of foreign women academics employed in UK business schools. I will discuss a range of aspects in which being a foreign woman influences an individual’s career development and a sense of professional belonging in the context of British academia. Among other things, I will stress the role of being a non-native English language speaker in shaping the experiences as well as organisational progression of foreign women academics.Using examples taken from research participants’ narratives, I will offer an overview of the different challenges that foreign women academics tend to face when working and building careers in UK business schools. I will then put forward suggestions for specific strategies and approaches that individuals can adopt to counteract possible issues and obstacles, and explore the possibilities of collective action that could lead to an overall improvement of the situation of foreign women academics.

  • Research Paper: Board quotas’ potential to redress women’s underrepresentation: Does greater gender equality at national level matter for their effectiveness? Anne Humbert, Cranfield University

Anne Humbert

16th meeting 19 May 2017 (ESCP Europe)

Organised by Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP Europe

  • Round-table discussion on the Future of Cygna with pick-nick dinner.