Cochrane UK & Cochrane Ireland Symposium 2019

Inspiring innovation – ensuring quality

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Oxford for our annual Symposium 2019, which is a joint Cochrane UK and Cochrane Ireland event. 

This Symposium is an opportunity for us to come together as a Cochrane community to share knowledge and creative ideas for producing and sharing best evidence; to learn from each other and to improve our skills to ensure that our work is of high quality.  In a joint session, we will highlight innovative activities taking place within Cochrane and provide a choice of workshops for in-depth training to support current best practice and introduce the latest developments. 

Saïd Business School, Oxford, 21 & 22 March 2019

Registration is now closed

Programme overview

Click on the links to discover more about the  sessions

Thursday 21st March

9.00 - 10.00

Registration Tea and Coffee 

10.00 - 12.00

Main Session (all delegates)

Welcome from Cochrane UK and Cochrane Ireland


Cochrane Ireland

Responsible research design; the imperative of carbon reduction in the research process

How hard is it to produce clear short summaries of complex information

(and survive a Twitterstorm)?

Get ACTIVE! Involving people in systematic reviews

Topic refinement for Cochrane Reviews- working with partners to reach stakeholders

'Suite' success: sets of reviews on important clinical topics

 Cochrane Library: the new platform, now and in the future

Read more about the presentations here

12.00 -13.30


Read more about 13.30-17.00 workshops here

Workshop 1Not a giant leap, but a small step from pairwise to network meta-analysis

Workshop 2Assessing risk of bias in randomized trials 

Workshop 3: Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS) Training

Workshop 4: Making meaningful consumer involvement a reality

Gala Dinner Trinity College ticket holders only 19.00

Friday 22nd March

9.00- 9.30

Tea and Coffee 

Read more about the 09.30-11.00 workshops here

Workshop 5: PICO annotation

Workshop 6Introduction to RevMan Web

Workshop 7: 'Am I bovvered?' The growing pains of qualitative synthesis

Workshop 8: Overviews of reviews: what's the point? (or how can overviews have a beneficial impact on clinical practice?)

11.00 - 11.30

Tea and Coffee 

Read more about the 11.30-13.00 workshops here

Workshop 9: Common challenges in Cochrane Reviews of Diagnostic Test Accuracy

Workshop 10The Evidence Pipeline: innovation in study identification

Workshop 11: Common errors in Cochrane Reviews of Interventions

Workshop 12Knowledge Translation in Cochrane, what we are doing and how we are becoming a KT-centred organization

13.00 - 14.00


Symposium 2019 closes after lunch

Closed Meetings (invitation only) 14.00 - 17.00

Meeting 1: Information Specialists

Meeting 2: Managing Editors

Gala Dinner

A Gala Dinner will take place at Trinity College, University of Oxford, on Thursday 21st March. 

Booking for the Gala Dinner has now closed

Symposium 2019 sponsored place winners

The competition is now closed, and we are delighted to announce the winners.

Ciara Ni Laighin, Claire Sweeney, Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi, Murali Perumbakkam Subramanian, Paul MacDaragh Ryan, Catarina Amorim, Gill Gyte, Zoe Picton-Howell, Sally Crowe, Shun Qi Yong, Catherine Waldron and Ben Barber.

The prize sponsored place package includes:

  • The Symposium 2019 Registration fee, which entitles them to attend all sessions, conference materials, lunch on both days and coffee breaks.
  • Travel to and from Oxford (most economical return fare)
  • Accommodation for a maximum of one night - 20th March 2019

Travel and accommodation information 

The Symposium will be held at Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 IHP 

The School is just 5 minutes walk from the historic city centre of Oxford and is adjacent to Oxford Rail Station.

Car parking in the city centre is limited and there is no parking at the business school site.  We recommend using one of the four Park & Ride services surrounding the city, click here for locations and details.

Seacourt and Thornhill Park & Ride buses stop opposite the school.  Pear Tree and Redbridge Park & Ride buses stop on nearby George Street.

Find bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in Oxford University Colleges here.

Find hotels within close proximity of the Saïd Business School here.

Keep up to date

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For enquiries concerning the Symposium please email