Cochrane UK & Ireland Symposium 2017


Each year, Cochrane UK organizes an annual symposium for all our networks, including UK- & Ireland-based Cochrane contributors, researchers, health professionals, students, charities, patient advocates, and other interested groups. This year's symposium took place at Keble College, Oxford 14th & 15th March 2017 with the theme - Cochrane: Through the Looking Glass.

Cochrane UK & Ireland Symposium 2017 - Cochrane: Through the Looking Glass

“What a strange world we live in...Said Alice to the Queen of Hearts”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Alice passed through the looking glass, to a magical, fantastic, and in many ways rather peculiar world, beyond.  A world that wasn't simply “exactly the same, but back to front”.  What does the world beyond the reflection look like for evidence synthesis in health care in general and Cochrane in particular in the UK and Ireland? 

We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford for the 2017 Symposium. Our theme is not one of whimsy and fantasy; rather we invite you to reflect on the changing times we live in, and the many possibilities the future brings for evidence synthesis and those who use it.

“Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Plenary Videos

Watch the full videos of our plenaries here

Confirmed Speakers

Chris Whitty - Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health

John Newton - Chief Knowledge Officer, Public Health England

Tim Harford - Senior Columnist, The Financial Times

Hywel Williams - Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology & Co-Director of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology, University of Nottingham

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce - Managing Editor, Cochrane Tobacco and Addictions Groups

Kate Kelland - Reuters Health and Science Correspondent for Europe, Middle East and Africa

Tom Sheldon - Senior Press Manager, Science Media Centre


We held two competitions to win free tickets to the symposium for students and for health professionals.

Students - View the winning entries here.

Health professionals - View the winners here



LiMA - Living Meta-Analysis Project - Student Competition Sponsor


Metaxis- Welcome Drinks Sponsor


Wiley- Healthcare Professionals Competition Sponsor