Multi-language activities in 2019 and beyond: challenges and opportunities for a diverse, and globally successful organization

Background: Cochrane groups have produced translations of Cochrane evidence, communicated about Cochrane and conducted Cochrane activities in different languages for many years. Since 2014, this work has been integrated into central publication and organizational processes. We have learned and achieved a lot in this process and want expand and facilitate multi-language activities further. The growth of our multi-language activities has enabled and will enable Cochrane’s global relevance, reach, impact, and member engagement; if we work primarily in English, what we can achieve will be very limited. Multi-language activities need to be well integrated within the whole organization to succeed, and since 2018, Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation work provides a broader context to help facilitate this. In this special session, we want to highlight our achievements to date and how they are relevant to the whole organization, share the challenges that we face, and discuss how we can work with the entire Cochrane community to address these so that both English and non-English speakers can benefit.

Objective: to share and reflect on what we have achieved through multi-language activities in Cochrane so far, what we plan to do in the future, and why they are important for anyone, including English speakers.

Description: the session will start with an introduction to Cochrane’s translation work. Cochrane groups involved in multi-language activities will then present achievements and challenges as brief presentations or case studies of their work, putting their experience into a general context and covering topics including volunteer engagement, machine translation and automation, production of English content, and knowledge translation approaches. This will be followed by questions and discussion. In the second part of the session, invited speakers will share an outlook on future perspectives and research developments, and we will discuss how the wider community can contribute to and benefit from these developments and the success of multi-language activities. 

Why is this important: the theme of the Colloquium is diversity. Multi-language activities are required for Cochrane to become a more diverse organisation and achieve its mission of evidence-informed healthcare globally. 


Ried J1, Bonfill Cosp X2, Rada G3
1 Cochrane Central Executive, Germany
2 Cochrane Iberoamerica, Spain
3 Cochrane Chile, Chile

Target audience: 

English speakers, people with interest in learning more about multi-language activities in Cochrane, future developments, how they contribute to a diverse organization


Thursday 24 October 2019 - 16:00 to 17:30