Satellite events:

3rd September 2023, Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Centre, London (UK)

Putting evidence into practice: an event for students and healthcare professionals

Time: 13:00 - 17:30

Room: Moore room

Summary: Ahead of the Cochrane Colloquium, Cochrane UK is hosting a half-day event in London on Sunday 3rd September 2023, aimed at healthcare professionals and students, from all healthcare disciplines, who want to learn more about putting evidence into practice.
The afternoon will begin with an introduction to evidence-based practice and an interactive session to guide you through critical appraisal of a Cochrane Review. We’ll then move on to look at why some research you come across isn’t always as it seems, specifically on the topic of research integrity. The final session will focus on the implementation of evidence-based practice including how to find the evidence you need to inform your clinical decisions (especially when you are busy), understanding clinical guidelines, and measuring the impact of putting evidence into your practice.

During the breaks, you will also have a chance to learn more about Cochrane and the various ways you can get involved in Cochrane’s work.

12:30 - 13:00: Registration & coffee
13:00 - 15:00: Introduction to evidence-based practice and critical appraisal
15:00 - 15:30: Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00: Too good to be true? Pitfalls in health information
16:00 - 17:30: Implementation of evidence-based practice: a multidisciplinary perspective

Speakers: Our speakers come from various clinical and academic backgrounds. You can find out more in their profiles: Prof Declan DevaneDr Rebecca GouldDr Neil O’ConnellJack WilkinsonNia Roberts and Robert Walton.

Is this for me? This interactive event is for students and healthcare professionals from any healthcare discipline. So, you may be working as - or training to be - a nurse, allied health professional, midwife, or doctor, for example. This will be an introductory session suitable for beginners and for those who feel this is a gap in their current skill set.

Where can I sign up? Register here (opens in eventbrite). You can also sign up here to receive Colloquium updates.


  • Students: £35
  • Healthcare professionals: £55


2023 Cochrane Methods Symposium

Please note, this Symposium is now fully booked. You can join a waiting list when registering for the Colloquium.

Time: 13:00 -16:30 (two 90 minutes sessions with a 30 minute break). 

Room: St James Room 

Summary: Imagine a world where health decisions are based on the highest quality evidence, leading to better health outcomes for everyone. At Cochrane, we strive to make this vision a reality. As the methods and data sources in evidence synthesis evolve, we understand the importance of collaboration and innovation. That's why we're hosting the 2023 Cochrane Methods Symposium, where you'll have the opportunity to learn from Cochrane experts and industry leaders and connect with like-minded professionals.

This year's Methods Symposium will be split into two 90-minute sessions: 

Session 1: Facilitating review and data reuse across the research ecosystem. 

Chaired by Joanne McKenzie and Tianjing Li (Cochrane Methods Executive). 

Unlock the potential of review and data reuse! In this session, esteemed speakers will shed light on how structured data can be leveraged across the research ecosystem. Gain insights from Anna Lene Seidler (University of Sidney, Australia) on aggregate data standards from trials, Ian Saldanha (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA) on systematic review standards, and Per Olav Vandvik (MAGIC, Norway) on clinical practice guidelines. Engage in a panel discussion with Brian Alper as invited speaker (Computable Publishing LLC, USA), exploring collaboration, machine readability, and optimising data flow in trials, systematic reviews, and guidelines. 

Session 2: Equity in evidence synthesis.

Chaired by Carl Moons and Su Golder (Cochrane Methods Executive). 

Be part of the equity conversation! This session delves into various perspectives on equity in evidence synthesis. Discover how Cochrane Reviews can address equity and social determinants with Meera Viswanathan (University of North Carolina, USA), explore the role of methodological research in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations with Vivian Welch (Campbell Collaboration, Canada), and understand the impact of algorithmic bias on systematic reviews of AI interventions with Lotty Hooft (Julius Center - UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands).

More information is available on Cochrane's Methods Website.

Is this event for me?

If you're passionate about advancing high-quality evidence synthesis in the Cochrane ecosystem, this double session is perfect for you! Whether you're a researcher, healthcare professional, or simply a 'methods nerd', join us to gain valuable insights, networking opportunities, and the chance to contribute to the discussion.

Where can I sign up? Please note, this is now fully booked. You will see the option to join a waiting list for the Methods Symposium when you are completing your registration form for the Colloquium. 

If you have already registered for the Colloquium, and would now like to join the waiting list for the Methods Symposium, please click here and select 'Modify my Registration'. When you come to page 4, you will be able to select the session and join the waiting list. Please ensure you click through to the summary page and click on ‘Submit Payment’ in order to confirm your place on the list. 

Cost: £45


GRADE-CERQual event

Time: 9:30 – 17:30

Room: Rutherford room 

Summary: Ahead of the Cochrane Colloquium, GRADE-CERQual working group will host an introductory workshop for review authors and decision makers. We will introduce the GRADE-CERQual approach and participants will have the opportunity to practice assessing the four components and overall confidence in a hypothetical review finding.  

Is this for me? Participants should have experience or be familiar with systematic review methods and qualitative research

Where can I sign up? Register here.

Cost: Free