Syrian Women’s Academic Network (SWAN)

It is an academic social network consisting of Syrian female researchers from diverse disciplines and at different levels in academia. They seek to together connect, meet and talk, so that they can share information, support each other, and help when needed.

The basic aim is working together to build a cooperative and constructive Syrian feminine alliance that facilitates the input from multiple stakeholders and enables the exchange of practices and experiences in order to empower Syrian women and the Syrian academic community.

SWAN goals

  1. To assemble the Syrian female researchers who are from diverse disciplines and at different levels in academia in order to connect, meet and talk 
  2. To share information about the academic field across a diverse range of universities and institutions 
  3. To exchange ideas, experiences, and practices and increase accessibility to key information in academia 
  4. To discuss not only collective but also individual challenges, problems and threats in academia
  5. To talk over our weaknesses and critical topics in our mother language to make them more discussable and solvable  
  6. To speak out on motherhood barriers and mothers’ responsibilities, moreover, to shed light on the issue of “work-life balance”
  7. To raise awareness about the role of women in science and close the gender inequality gap in the contemporary male-oriented academia 
  8. To puzzle out our strengths and opportunities to support the Syrian academic community, especially the researchers in Syria (Monitoring Program:  become a mentor or become a mentee

Join SWAN

  • Dear Lady, are you a Syrian female researcher?

SWAN is looking forward to receiving your application to be a PEN (network member)

Join us here and let us regularly meet in PENs Jour Fixe


  • Dear All Ladies, are you interested in meeting SWAN guests?

You can join our upcoming Meet Odette event by registering here (PENs don’t need to register, they will be invited by email)