Find out what we have lined up for the Edinburgh Colloquium

The Colloquium is a multi-disciplinary event exchanging ideas about how we best generate, summarize and communicate evidence to inform and change practice and policy worldwide. On this page, find out more about what we have lined up.  


Schedule, sign-up and the Colloquium app

The full schedule of talks, workshops and special sessions can now be viewed here. 

Find an overview of the programme schedule here as well as details of workshops and symposia taking place the day before and after the Colloquium.

You can download the Colloquium app from Android and Apple app stores, search 'Cochrane Colloquium 2018'. Find out more about the app, here.


Keynote sessions

We are delighted to be joined by a renowned list of regional and international speakers. They will be bringing a variety of perspectives - researcher, patient, carer and clinician - to bear on key issues and challenges in evidence-based practice, including:

  • Jennifer Johannesen: The trouble with patient and public involvement (PPI)
  • Margaret McCartney: Everyday annoyances: why is evidence in real life so hard?
  • Sue Ziebland: Understanding and learning from patients’ experiences: developing a global perspective with DIPEx International
  • Ruth Elwood Martin with Mo Korchinski: Arresting Hope: Women Taking Action in Prison Health Inside Out
  • Victor Montori: From trickle-down evidence-based medicine to evidence-based medicine
  • Christine Borgman with Irene Pasquetto: Big Data, Little Data, or No Data? Systematic Reviews in an Age of Open Data
  • Dalila Martínez:  Too many pills! – How being a patient led me to a career in qualitative research 
  • Dorothy Olouch: Learning from mothers’ voices; lived experiences of mothers of premature babies in Kenya
  • Gregor Smith: Realistic Medicine: Knowledge and Understanding for a Realistic Era
  • Mark Taylor: Research Impact Assessment - from practitioner to patient

Find out more about the confirmed keynote sessions and speakers here


Special sessions

A number of special sessions are taking place at the Colloquium. These will highlight initiatives and ongoing work within Cochrane, as well as foster interaction and the development of partnerships with external organisations, including Wikipedia, Testing Treatments, Choosing Wisely and more.

Find out more about the confirmed special sessions here.


Social events

This year’s gala dinner, taking place on Monday 17 September, will be held at the National Museum of Scotland, where guests will enjoy pre-dinner drinks followed by a three-course meal in the light filled Grand Gallery. The evening’s entertainment will include traditional Scottish music and a ceilidh, followed by a disco.

You can book your place here. Guests are asked for a £10 contribution, which will be donated to the charity Social Bite, dedicated to tackling homelessness in Scotland.

Sign-up and get your ticket for the Anne Anderson fundraising walk, tour guides will show around Edinburgh city centre. Even if you can't attend you can still donate to the fund using the Virgin Money Giving link.

Sign up for a ceilidh dance class and you can show off what you've learnt at the Gala Dinner.


Exploring Edinburgh

You can now book on to a variety of tours an experiences when you register for the Colloquium. From whisky or gin tasting, to guided tours of Edinburgh or St. Andrews, there’s something for everyone. Find out more here.

You can also sign up to the Anne Anderson walk here. Only a few places left, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Plus, find out what to see and where to eat in Edinburgh here.