Pre-Colloquium Satellites and Meetings

There are several exciting events planned preceding the Colloquium!  Registration for most of these events can be found at the bottom of this page or here. If not found below, see individual event posting for details on registration. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Student Satellite Event

Sunday, October 20, 2019
09:00-17:00, Time to be confirmed, Valparaíso, Chile

If you are a student of any discipline (or level) interested in biomedical research or evidence-based healthcare, you are cordially invited to join us in this satellite event. In this full day satellite event, you will be able to share and participate in workshops, discussion sessions, and meetings with students and researchers from other parts of the world linked to the Cochrane Collaboration.

Registration and more program details coming soon.

Monday, October 21, 2019

#CochraneTech Santiago

Monday, October 21, 2019
09:00-17:00, CasaPiedra

Co-located with ICASR and sponsored by Epistemonikos, Cochrane Chile

This full-day event will bring together technology experts to explore the integration of new technologies and tools, including those supporting automation, into the systematic review process, enabling researchers to expedite the production of high-quality reviews. Using hands-on examples, this satellite event will showcase new and emerging technologies across a wide-spectrum of systematic review production tasks. Full agenda and confirmed list of speakers coming soon. 

There is no fee for attending this event. All are welcome, but attendees must register and spaces are limited.

Methods Group Co-Convener Meeting

Monday, October 21, 2019
 to 12:30, CasaPiedra, Time to be Confirmed

This is the annual meeting for all Co-Convenors of Methods Groups (recently billed as the ‘Methods Board’, but returning to its previous name after re-organization of the Cochrane Methods infrastructure). The Co-Convenors discuss matters relevant to the Cochrane methods community. Key topics for 2019 will include developing the Methods Group support and infrastructure, engagement with early-and-mid-career methodologists and discussion on methods integration in Cochrane and how we can bring together new methods developments in a way that informs decision makers and other end users. This meeting is a closed meeting for Co-Convenors of Methods Groups and the Methods Executive, only.

Methods Symposium: Developing robust review protocols with increasingly diverse evidence

Monday, October 21, 2019
14:00-17:00, CasaPiedra

Cochrane reviews are becoming increasingly complex as methods evolve, as data sources become more diverse, and as we increasingly recognize that health outcomes are the products of many interlinked elements. Cochrane pioneered the publication of protocols before undertaking systematic reviews, partly to help ensure that the many decisions we make along the way are objective and not based on the results of the identified studies.

This year’s Methods Symposium will examine whether our protocols continue to provide the road map we need to navigate a modern Cochrane review. We will explore how much can reasonably be anticipated about the decisions we need to make. Speakers will address several aspects of pre-specification from diverse methodological perspectives, showcasing updated material in the new Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Version 6). Issues for discussion include deciding what syntheses are to be performed, deciding which data to extract and analyse, and dealing with issues of complexity in interventions and study contexts. We will discuss the extent to which issues can be overcome with careful review planning, and aim to determine whether refinements are needed in our current guidance for writing protocols.

There is no fee for attending this event. All are welcome, but attendees must register and spaces are limited.

Improving your Training Skills: A Workshop for Cochrane Trainers

Monday, October 21, 2019
09:00-17:00, Hyatt Place Vitacura Hotel

A good trainer is one who is confident of both content and approach. However, in the same way that our subject matter expertise constantly needs to be expanded simply to keep ahead, so too do we continuously need to think critically about how we go about facilitating a training event. This workshop provides an opportunity for such critical engagement, and is a one-day tour through the successful facilitation of such an event. 

If you are a member of Cochrane’s Trainers’ Network and are interested in attending this event, please contact Chris Watts, Learning Manager at

Click to see full abstract. 

Interpreting results of Cochrane reviews using the GRADE approach and creating Summary of Findings Tables

09:00 to 17:00, Location to be confirmed

The goals of this workshop are to help you:

  • Learn to interpret and assess the results of a systematic review, and present the evidence using the GRADE approach
  • Create a 'Summary of Findings' (SoF) table, and
  • Use the software to create SoFs (GRADEpro).

This workshop is available in English and in Spanish.

Click to see the full abstract.

Cochrane’s KT Training Workshop: supporting policymakers in the use of synthesized evidence, Part 2

Monday, October 21, 2019
09:00 - 17:00 (Time to be confirmed), Hyatt Place Vitacura Hotel

Part 2 to workshop session in Krakow, invitation only. 

The aim of the session will be to strengthen capacity within Cochrane to support policy-makers in their use of synthesized evidence in decision-making.  This follows a first session of its kind held as part of Cochrane’s annual Governance Meetings in April 2019 from which the presentations and handouts are available from the KT learning resources website here:

Once again, the facilitation of the workshop will be led by John Lavis from McMaster University and supported by experts from within Cochrane and also external policy-makers. The workshop will focus on three main elements:

  • building and maintaining relationships with policymakers;
  • developing dissemination products for policymakers; and,
  • discussions on how to support work with policy-makers across Cochrane.

The session will include both practical exercises and facilitated discussions based on the experiences of those already working with different policy-making communities within Cochrane.

The workshop is free of charge and open to anyone working within Cochrane (including Centres, Fields, Networks, Review Groups) who are already, or who has plans to, work with policy-makers.  However, due to limited availability, it may not be possible to accept all registrations. Where there are more applicants than spaces, we may limit participation to one person per Cochrane entity to ensure inclusivity and geographic diversity. 

For more information, please contact Karen Head

To register click here.

Cochrane Consumers and Patients Satellite Event

Monday, October 21, 2019, Location to be confirmed
Time to be confirmed

This full day satellite event will bring together patients and consumers in Santiago. Registration and details forthcoming.

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