Diversity and Inclusion in Cochrane

Date & Time
Tuesday, September 5, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location Name
Session Type
Special Session

In the last few years, there has been an increasing debate on how scientific journals represent sex, gender, ethnicity and other aspects of human diversity. Moreover, the hegemony of the English language in scientific publications lays the foundation for structural inequalities for native speakers in other languages. Cochrane has conducted a listening and learning exercise to identify the challenges and opportunities in the area of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Now, we must work as an organization to promote inclusivity and minimize structural biases in our Collaboration. We selected some topics and recommendations to discuss in this special session.

Please read the following report from Cochrane: Cochrane launches report summarizing what we have heard from our diversity and inclusion listening and learning exercise.

Section one: lightening presentations (25 minutes)
Introduction: Juan and Vivian (5 minutes)
Theme 1: Engaging a diverse community of authors (5 minutes)
Theme 2: Minimizing biases in the editorial process (5 minutes)
Theme 3: Equity and priority in review topics (5 minutes)
Theme 4: Engaging a wide range of stakeholders (5 minutes)

Section two: World Café table discussions. 12 minutes per table plus 2 minutes moving between tables (based on the themes)

Section three: Feedback and wrap-up (10 minutes)
Moderators have a maximum of 60 seconds each to call out some key messages.
Juan and Vivian to close the session.

Target audience: Anyone with an interest in supporting diversity and inclusion

Format: A combination of presentations and discussion