Call for Workshops

The call for workshop proposals is open, the deadline for submission is 2 March 2018. Standard workshops held during the Edinburgh Colloquium will run for 90 minutes. 

We are looking forward to an exciting workshop programme, bringing participants together for hands-on, practical learning and collaboration on a range of engaging topics. We invite workshop proposals that are interactive, topical and will keep participants talking. Alongside cutting-edge methods we should like to encourage you to submit workshops aimed at beginners and covering the fundamentals of evidence-based practice. Innovative workshop formats are welcome.

The focus of the Colloquium is ‘Cochrane for all’, which recognizes that everything Cochrane does is about and for patients and other health consumers. We ask that all workshop submissions consider their impact on, and relevance to, patients and healthcare consumers. We particularly welcome submissions that are co-produced, co-presented or co-designed with patients or other healthcare consumers.

'Patient or healthcare consumer involvement' is listed as a specific category, however we hope that many of the submissions across other categories will also demonstrate this.

Submissions are invited in the following categories:

  • Adverse effects
  • Diagnostic test accuracy review methods
  • Editorial processes and supporting review authors
  • Education and training
  • Global health and equity
  • Health economics
  • Inclusion of non-randomized designs
  • Innovative solutions to challenges of evidence production
  • Investigating bias
  • Knowledge translation and communicating evidence
  • Overviews of reviews and network meta-analyses
  • Patient or healthcare consumer involvement and shared decision-making
  • Priority setting
  • Qualitative evidence synthesis methodology
  • Searching and information retrieval
  • Statistical methods
  • Systematic reviews and technology
  • Translation (linguistic translation of Cochrane content)
  • Understanding and using evidence
  • Other

The deadline for workshop submissions is 23.59 UTC, 2 March 2018

Tips for successful workshops

Your workshop should have clearly stated goals, include a high level of interaction with participants, and provide a structured plan appropriate for the length of your workshop.

  • Think about current topics and issues that are relevant to patients and healthcare consumers — the quality of evidence, methods developments, new tools and techniques, engagement with knowledge users.
  • Not everything has to be new — participants also love good communicators who teach the basics well. We expect many participants will be relative beginners, so we are particularly encouraging people to submit ideas for interactive and entertaining workshops covering the fundamentals.
  • Include hands-on work and examples of good practice or common errors to avoid — and maybe add some fun or a new interactive format to shake things up.
  • Plan for your discussions to be well-structured and useful — stay on track, and make sure you have a good facilitator to guide discussions arising from topics on the day.
  • Avoid lectures — if in a 90-minute workshop you have more than 10 slides before starting an interactive component, you have too many!
  • If you've offered a workshop in the same format before, why not refresh it this year?
  • If you’re running a series, make it clear whether people need to attend prior parts of the series, and where there might be overlap. We will name sequential workshops accordingly, e.g. 'part 1 of 2'.
  • Consider the size and room requirements of your workshop. In Edinburgh we have rooms with varying capacity that can be set up in theatre or cabaret (with groups of tables) seating. Larger rooms will generally be set up with theatre-style seating.
  • Proposals that primarily present the results of a research project should be submitted as oral or poster presentations. Proposals that primarily involve unstructured discussion should be scheduled as meetings.

How to submit a workshop

To submit a workshop, you and each of your co-facilitators will need to first log in on this website using your Cochrane Account (or create a Cochrane Account if you don’t already have one). You do not need to register for the Colloquium to submit a workshop.

Once logged in to your account, you can access the online submission form which must be used to submit workshops. Complete this form and click ‘Save’ to submit it for review. You can log back in and access your submissions using the ‘My submissions’ link. You can edit your workshop abstract until the deadline of 23.59 UTC, 2 March 2018. There will be no deadline extensions.

  • Workshops must be submitted online by 23.59 UTC, 2 March 2018
  • Only workshops submitted in English will be considered.
  • Submissions must not be longer than 2400 characters (approx. 350 words).
  • There is a special field to describe how your workshop is relevant to patients or healthcare consumers and/or how they have been involved in the project, initiative or study you are submitting. This should be no more than 650 characters (approx. 100 words). If this is not applicable, please state this.
  • The abstract should follow the structure: Background, Objectives, Description.
  • The workshop title should not be longer than 20 words.
  • If abbreviations are used, the abbreviated term should be written out in full the first time it is used.
  • You do not need to submit a PDF version of the submission alongside the form.

Submission of workshops

You will receive an automated email to acknowledge your submission. (Please allow up to 20 minutes to receive this email). If you do not receive an email, or if you require any help with submitting your workshop, please email the co-chairs of the Workshop Committee at

Acceptance and notification of workshops

Submissions will be judged on their originality, clarity, scientfic quality and their level of patient or healthcare consumer involvement and relevance. All workshop abstracts will be evaluated by at least one patient or healthcare consumer, so keep that in mind when making your submission and write in plain language. 

The final decision is made by the Workshop Committee. We aim to notify you of acceptance or rejection of the submission on or near 20 April 2018.


All facilitators of accepted workshops are required to register and attend the Colloquium. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw workshops if facilitators have not registered for the Colloquium by 1 July 2018.

Workshops Committee

The Workshops Committee Co-Chairs are Dario Sambunjak and Chris Cates. They can be contacted at