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Pre and post Colloquium events

Welcome to the Cochrane Colloquium! Tips and Tricks for Newcomers webinar
Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 12-1PM EDT (Toronto); conducted in French
Thursday, 15 August 2013, 12-1PM EDT (Toronto); conducted in English

This webinar will provide a short introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration and some tips and tricks for making the most of your Colloquium experience. A Cochrane Colloquium is a unique international event from which you can benefit in many ways if you plan carefully: don’t miss any of the exciting opportunities to learn and collaborate! Hear from past participants about how to maximize your experience as a Colloquium newcomer.

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#CochraneTech Symposium, pre-Colloquium, Québec  City
17 September 2013, 09:00-17:00
TRYP Hotel Pur, Québec City

Save the date! The first ever #CochraneTech Symposium will take place on the 17th of September this year at the TRYP Hotel Pur in Québec City, just before the 21st Cochrane Colloquium.

See for more information and to RSVP for the Symposium. Also, follow #CochraneTech on Twitter and get involved in the conversation and post your ideas to: We have confirmed our first speaker, Ida Sim, MD, PhD. Check regularly for an updated speakers’ list. Programme details soon at

Brief description of the Symposium:
Systematic reviews and evidence-based health care face enormous challenges now and in the coming decades. Cochrane will need to address these challenges. One component of the Cochrane five-year strategic planning exercise is around technology. We want to look at how we can better leverage technology and knowledge, both to help us prepare systematic reviews more efficiently, but also to deliver evidence more effectively to our end users.

Join us in Québec for an exciting day of presentations, discussions and demonstrations and find out first hand what’s new in technology and what the future holds for systematic reviews! RSVP here:, and please help us spread the word.

Chris Mavergames,
on behalf of the Preliminary Planning Committee for the #CochraneTech Symposium: Lorne Becker, Chris Champion, Gordon Dooley, Julian Elliott, Toby Lasserson, Chris Mavergames, Nancy Owens, Juliane Ried and Jessica Thomas

Summary of Findings and Assessment of Quality of Evidence: GRADE Workshop for editorial teams

19 September 2013, 09:00-17:00
Québec City Convention Centre, Oxford (301 A)

Methods Group: Applicability and Recommendations Method Group

Duration: One day (more details to come)

Target audience: Methods network members or members to be, authors, editors, and entity and Centre staff

Objectives: To learn how to create a 'Summary of Findings' (SoF) table, about the GRADE approach, and use GRADEpro with specific guidance for editors, Cochrane Centres and entity staff.

Description: SoF tables are an important addition to Cochrane Reviews. SoFs summarize the main findings of a review and ensure that the quality of a body of evidence is considered with the magnitude of the effects. While there is a predetermined process for creating SoFs, this process has different implications for different editorial staff. SoF training has been identified as a key effort by the Cochrane Training Working Group and Coeds-Methods Working Group (now MARS). Small groups will focus on more discussion of GRADE, more hands-on work with GRADEpro, diagnostic SoF and improving SoFs in Review Groups.

For more information, please contact: Holger Schunemann at

Sign up for this workshop will work the same as other workshops that take place during the Colloquium. The link for registration will be provided on 29 July 2013, when sign up opens for all Colloquium sessions. No registration fee is required.

You may also be interested in information about the Dave Sackett Symposium, if so visit:

Cochrane methods symposium
Data, Outcomes, Uncertainty and Graphs: Advances and Limitations in Trials, Meta-Analysis, and Novelties

24 September 2013, 09:00-16.00
The Amphitheatre, Faculté de medicine, Université Laval, Quebec


A Cochrane methods symposium will take place in Québec City on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, following this year’s Cochrane Colloquium in the same city. The event will mark 20 years of Professor Doug Altman being a convenor of the Statistical Methods Group, and takes place amidst the 20th anniversary celebrations of The Cochrane Collaboration. It will feature invited speakers talking on topics around statistics, bias and transparency of research. Further information on the program, invited speakers and registration can be found here.

We hope many of you will be able to get to this landmark Colloquium and will be able to stay on the extra day for this event. A small fee of $40 GBP ($64 CAD) will be charged for registration for the symposium, and it will be open to those not attending the Colloquium. For more information, please contact Maria Burgess at

Julian Higgins, Jackie Chandler, Isabelle Boutron, Jo McKenzie
Symposium planning committee