Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can attend?

Q: Who can attend a Cochrane Colloquium?
A: Anyone with an interest in health research and using evidence for health decisions.

Q: Can my spouse, partner or carer attend?
A: Yes. Anyone wishing to attend the Colloquium must pay a registration fee. There are social events and tours that an accompanying person can participate in during the Colloquium. Tickets are sold on a first-come first-served basis. These options are available during registration and payment.

Q: Are there child-minding services available at or near the Colloquium venue?
A: We are not planning to provide child-minding services.

Travelling to Chile

Q: I’m not a Chilean citizen. Do I need special documentation to enter Chile and attend this conference?
A: You must have a valid passport to enter Chile. It must be in good condition and valid for six months beyond your stay.

Nationals from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, and most European Union nations DO NOT REQUIRE a visa to enter Chile and can stay up to 90 days. Australians are required to pay a reciprocity fee (US$117, paid at the airport). It is your responsibility to check if you require a visa. Please check with your local embassy/consulate if you are unsure. 

You can download a visa letter of invitation when you register. You will need to provide your passport number and country of issue. Please note you must be registered and have paid in full for the event before you can download the letter.


Q: Can I pay my registration fee at the Colloquium?
A: No.

Q: Is the registration fee refundable?
A: Conference registration cancellations received in writing before 6 September will be refunded in full, less an administration fee. See Registration Guidelines for more details.

Q: I only plan on attending one day of the Colloquium. Can I pay for one day only?
A: Yes. Options for day registration will be available via the online registration form.

Q: Several of my colleagues and I are registering for the Colloquium. Is there a special group rate?
A: No, but we can arrange a group invoice/bank transfer, if needed. Please contact us if you would like this option.

Abstract and workshop submissions

Q: I already have a Colloquium account. Can I reuse my e-mail and login information?
A: You will need to login using your Cochrane Account details. If you are new to Cochrane and do not have a Cochrane Account, you will be asked to create a new account.

Q: If I submit an abstract but do not receive a confirmation email, how will I know if it went through?
A: Log in to your Colloquium account and click ‘My submissions’ in the menu on the left side of the screen. This page will list any content you have submitted and will update you on its status. If your submission is not listed, please email and ask for confirmation.

Q: If I miss the abstract submission deadline, will you accept late submissions?
A: No. The call for abstracts closes 12 April. If you are unable to submit your abstract due to technical difficulties with the Colloquium website, please email

Q: If my abstract is accepted, but I can no longer attend the Colloquium, can I send someone to present in my place?
A: Yes. You have until 6 September to advise the event organizers of a substitute. Please email if you are unable to present at the Colloquium.


Q: Will I receive Continuing Medical Education credits for attending the Colloquium?
A: No.

Q: Will I receive a certificate of attendance for the Colloquium?
A: Yes. Attendees will be able to download an attendance certificate from their Colloquium account, once the Colloquium is in progress.

Accommodation and getting around

Q: Do I need to book my own hotel room?
A: Yes. Colloquium attendees must arrange their own accommodation. 

Future Cochrane Colloquia

Q: Where and when will the 2020 Colloquium be held?
A: The Colloquium will be held in Toronto Canada, 4-7 October 2020.

Any other questions?

If you have a question that is not answered above, please email