Quick overview

Curious about what we are up to in the CYGNA meetings? Find information and pictures from past meetings here and upcoming meetings here. This page features a list of the topics we have discussed over the years. Where available, a link to the presentation is provided. 

We also maintain a readings and inspirations section for female academics and have a Twitter hashtag #cygna_london. 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.

Date Presenter Topic
2015-01-16 Helene Tenzer, Tübingen University, Germany Targeting High-Ranking IB journals: Personal experiences See blogpost: CYGNA: Publishing in Management, Psychology and International Business
2015-01-16 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK How to Publish through Amazon, Createspace  See blogpost: CYGNA: Resource collection for the summer holidays
2015-03-13 Hyun-Jung Lee, London School of Economics, UK Transitioning from a Junior to Mid-career Faculty: Personal experiences
2015-03-13 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK The four C's of citation analysis   See blogpost: CYGNA: Resource collection for the summer holidays
2015-05-15 Chen Chen Li, Southwestern Univ. of Finance & Economics, China Publishing in Psychology vs. Management Journals: Personal Experiences See blogpost: CYGNA: Publishing in Management, Psychology and International Business
2015-05-15 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK Proof over Promise: Data sources & metrics in research impact  See blogpost: CYGNA: Resource collection for the summer holidays
2015-06-26 Sachiko Yamao, University of Melbourne, Australia The Challenges and Opportunities of Working and Researching Down-under See blogpost: CYGNA: Women academics in Australia and France 
2015-09-25 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK How to use the Publish or Perish software effectively, a practical demonstration  See blogpost: CYGNA: Resource collection for the summer holidays
2015-11-20 Jo Silvester, Cass Business School, City University of London, UK Balancing Research Rigor and Applicability: Embracing the Challenging of Academic Research and Consultancy
2016-01-22 Aida Hajro, Brunel University London, UK Experiences with Publishing in the Academy of Management Journal See blogpost: CYGNA: Publishing in Management, Psychology and International Business
2016-03-11 Betty Beeler, ESC Saint Etienne; Cordula Barzantny, Toulouse Business School Women academics in France today: Riding the waves of change See blogpost: CYGNA: Women academics in Australia and France 
2016-05-13 Meg Hsin-Hsuan Lee, ESCP Business School London, UK Juggling research, teaching and administrative duties: Challenges and solutions
2016-06-10 Shea Xuejiao Fan, Nottingham University Business School, China Experience of working in a British-Chinese joint-university
2016-09-23 Helen Hu, University of Melbourne, Australia Building an academic career - experiences from down-under. See blogpost: CYGNA: Women academics in Australia and France 
2016-11-18 Sara Young, University College London, UK Adding interest to academic writing - advice and tips. See blogpost: CYGNA: Publishing in Management, Psychology and International Business
2017-01-20 Facilitator: Hyun-Jung Lee, London School of Economics, UK Interactive discussion: Choosing the right outlet for your work
2017-03-17 Martyna Sliwa, University of Essex, UK Careers, mobility and belonging: The ascent of foreign women academics in UK business schools? See blogpost: CYGNA: Careers, mobility and belonging: foreign women academics in the UK
2017-05-19 Meg Hsin-Hsuan Lee, ESCP Business School London, UK A social media survival guide for academics. See blogpost: CYGNA: Building your academic brand through social media
2017-05-19 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK Building your academic brand through engagement with social media. See blogpost: CYGNA: Building your academic brand through social media
2017-09-22 Daniela Lup, Middlesex University, London, UK
How to incorporate Social Network Analyis in various research streams and use a personal network analysis for personal development See blogpost: CYGNA: Social network analysis and managing large research teams
2017-09-22 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK Herding cats: how to manage (and participate in) large research networks See blogpost: CYGNA: Social network analysis and managing large research teams
2017-11-24 Martyna Sliwa, University of Essex, UK
Working effectively with professional/support staff in academia See blogpost: CYGNA: Working effectively with support staff in academia
2018-01-26 Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP, London, UK
Working with secondary data sources See blogpost: CYGNA: Secondary data sources and research portfolios
2018-01-26 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK Low hanging fruit or mature wine: Balancing your research portfolio See blogpost: CYGNA: Secondary data sources and research portfolios
2018-03-23 Fiona Moore, Royal Holloway, University of London Unions: What can they do for you? and facilated discussion on: Be nice AND get the corner office: Negotiating your employment conditions. See blogpost: CYGNA: Be nice AND get the corner office.
2018-09-28 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK

It is so unfair! Internal vs. external promotion and facilated discussion on promotion applications, see also this blogpost series

2018-11-23 Veronique Tran, ESCP Paris, France

Understand your co-author(s) and yourself with MBTI: Intro to MBTI for CYGNA and Each person confirms their preferences. See blogpost: CYGNA: Understand your co-author(s) and yourself with MBTI

2019-01-25 Sarah Otner, Imperial College London, UK

Big Data in the Social SciencesHandout with key resource material. See blogpost: CYGNA: Big Data in the Social Sciences

2019-03-22 Salma Soliman, Middlesex University, London, UK

Beyond formalities: Reflections of Erasmus+ Teaching visit. See blogpost: CYGNA: Life-long learning in academia

2019-03-22 Orthodoxia Kyriacou, Middlesex University, London, UK

Seeing into the light: some personal experiences of the Aurora programme. See blogpost: CYGNA: Life-long learning in academia

2019-06-14 Heejin Kim, Tohoku University, Japan

Internationalisation of Japanese academia: is there a role model? See blogpost: CYGNA: Internationalisation of Japanese academia

2019-06-14 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK

Skills development: "Social media clinic", handouts with tips, See also: Fostering research impact through social media

2019-09-20 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, London, UK

How to avoid a desk-reject Slides for a full-day writing bootcamp. See also: CYGNA's 5 year anniversary: Middlesex writing boot-camp

2019-11-29 Kerstin Alfes, ESCP, Berlin campus Work intensification and the implication for employees' health. See also: CYGNA: Work intensification, well-being and career advancement
2019-11-29 Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP, London campus Does work effort pay off? Implications for employee well-being and career advancement. See also: CYGNA: Work intensification, well-being and career advancement
2020-01-31 Daniela Lup, ESCP, London campus How Swans negotiate and how to negotiate better. See also: CYGNA: Negotiation workshop
2020-05-15 Alexandra Beauregard Birkbeck, University of London Work-life balance during the COVID-19 pandemic. See also: 1st CYGNA Global Virtual Meeting: Coping with a Pandemic
2020-06-26 Argyro Avgoustaki, ESCP, London campus MBTI & Stress, no download because of copyright reasons. See also: 2nd CYGNA Global Virtual Meeeting: MBTI & Stress.
2020-09-25 Kristiina Mäkelä, Aalto University, Finland Women can have it all: how to balance research, leadership and family before and after Covid-19. See also: CYGNA: Female leadership in Higher Education
2020-09-25 Susan Lea, University of Hull, UK Leadership and resilience during and after Covid-19. See also: CYGNA: Female leadership in Higher Education
2020-10-22 Shea Fan, RMIT University, Australia
2020-10-22 Mariana Dodourova, Middlesex University, UK A brief no-nonsense overview of the current UK HE environment. See also: CYGNA: How do I keep my job (in academia) in uncertain times?
2020-10-22 Marian Jones, Sheffield University, UK Time to leave, or time to change? A gendered perspective on academic work during a crisis. See also: CYGNA: How do I keep my job (in academia) in uncertain times?
2020-11-26 Francine O'Sullivan, Edward Elgar, UK Why would I edit a handbook? See also: CYGNA: The wonderful world of book publishing
2020-11-26

Kimberley Chadwick, Emerald, UK

Book publishing for an academic and non-academic audience See also: CYGNA: The wonderful world of book publishing
2020-11-26

Kiren Shoman SAGE, UK

Publishing Your Textbook: Why, How, Where? See also: CYGNA: The wonderful world of book publishing
2020-12-18

Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, UK

The UK REF. What does it mean for you? See also: CYGNA: REF and Christmas during a pandemic
2021-01-22

Cordula Barzantny, Toulouse Business School, France

GLOMO Horizon 2020 project: overview and individual presentations See also: CYGNA: Working in a Horizon-2020 project
2021-02-26

Susanne Täuber, Groningen University, Netherlands

Resistance to equality in academia and how to overcome it. See also: CYGNA: Resistance to gender equality in academia

2021-03-18 Sharon Bell, Australian National University, Australia Academic career strategies: the secret lives of us. See also: CYGNA: climbing up the academic career ladder
2021-03-18 Huong Nguyen Swinburne University of Technology, Australia Climbing up the academic career ladder: findings from a research project See also: CYGNA: climbing up the academic career ladder
2021-05-28 Emily Yarrow, University of Portsmouth, UK Women management scholars leading impact cases-an empirical insight. See also: CYGNA: Women management scholars leading REF impact case studies
2021-06-24 Catherine Welch, Univ. of Sydney (Australia), Aalto University (Finland) Backstory to: “Putting process (back) in: Research on the internationalization process of the firm”. See also: CYGNA: Writing a literature review paper: whether, what, and when?
2021-06-24 Ciara O’Higgins, University of Deusto, Spain The (very long) journey to publication: “International management challenges of professional service firms: A synthesis of the literature”. See also: CYGNA: Writing a literature review paper: whether, what, and when?
2021-06-24 Helene Tenzer, Tübingen University, Germany Timeline, challenges and take-aways for “Language in international business: A review and agenda for future research”. See also: CYGNA: Writing a literature review paper: whether, what, and when?
2021-09-24 Axèle Giroud, Alliance Manchester Business School, UK Why do I want to pursue coaching as a senior leader? See also: CYGNA: The WHYs and HOWs of coaching
2021-09-24 Raija Salomaa, Senior Executive Coach, www.crossnomads.com (Finland) Why would it be beneficial to enhance career capital through coaching? See also: CYGNA: The WHYs and HOWs of coaching
2021-09-24 Nathalie van Meurs, Middlesex University Business School, UK Why would accredited coaching be my choice? See also: CYGNA: The WHYs and HOWs of coaching
2021-09-24 Lesley Hetherington, Owner of LESLEY HETHERINGTON LTD, UK Why do successful top performers work with coaches? See also: CYGNA: The WHYs and HOWs of coaching
2021-09-24 Athina Dilmperi, Middlesex University, Business School UK How to make the most out of coaching sessions as a coachee? See also: CYGNA: The WHYs and HOWs of coaching
2021-11-18 Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd, University of Strathclyde Happily ever after? Co-creating wellbeing in academia. No presentation. Break-out rooms only. See also: CYGNA: Co-creating academic well-being
2021-12-17 Anne-Wil Harzing, Middlesex University, UK No presentation. Informal discussions only. See also: CYGNA: Secret Santa at the 2nd pandemic Christmas