Symposium Timetable

Throughout the Symposium there will be information stands in the main enterance for all delegates. Including:

- Web Team Help desk: Nancy Owens, Web Content and Social Media Editor,  and Paolo Rosati, Web Developer, from the Collaboration's Web Team will be offering social media and Entity Website Builder help and tutorials.
In order to make the most use of time at this helpdesk, please contact either Paolo,, or Nancy,, in advance of the meeting to schedule a meeting and send along any questions you have so that they can prepare. If you are unable to do this, no worries, just pop by the helpdesk! They'll be happy to assist.

- Wiley


- Celebrating 20 years of the Cochrane Collaboration

- Book stand, selling Ben Goldacre's 'Bad Pharma'; 'Over-diagnosed' by Gilbert Welch, Steve Woloshin & Lisa Schwartz; Archie Cochrane's autobiography 'One Man's Medicine'.

- Students 4 Best Evidence: Come and find out more about the website UKCC are creating with Minervation, to be used a resource centre for students globally, interested in learning more about evidence-based healthcare.

Wednesday 20th March

14:00 to 16:00                   

Registration opens for the UK & Ireland 21st Anniversary Symposium
Tea & Coffee available

16:00 to 17:30Opening Plenary - Why do we have to think differently in the 20 years ahead?
Speakers: Chief Medical Officer and Cochrane Editor, Professor Dame Sally Davies and economist, broadcaster and Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Andrew Dilnot.
17:30 to 18:30Anniversary Reception
Drinks and birthday cake to celebrate the UK Cochrane Centre's 21st birthday
Said Business School
19:30Cochrane UK 21st Anniversary Dinner
Balliol College


Thursday 21st March

9:00 to 10:45              Plenary session - The challenges of over-diagnosis and over-treatment
Speakers: the co-authors of "Over-diagnosed", Dr Steven Woloshin and Dr Lisa Schwartz.
10:45 to 11:15Refreshments
11:15 to 12:30Plenary session - The challenges of communication
Speakers: Andr
é Tomlin from the evidence-based healthcare consultancy Minervation Ltd., and Tracey Brown from Sense about Science.
12:30 to 13:30Lunch
13:30 to 14:00

Introduction to The challenges of engagement master-classes

Miur Gray will give an introduction to the master-classes in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre before everyone goes to the different master-classes

14:00 to 15:00

Master-classes - The challenges of engagement
 - Engaging with Patients - Patients & priority setting. Sally Crowe & Mona Nasser
 - Engaging with Guideline Producers. Philip Alderson & Hugh McGuire
 - Engaging with Journalists. Sophie Petit-Zeman
Engaging with CommissionersAnant Jani, Mehrunisha Suleman, Kirsty Alexander, Diane Gray, Clive Adams & Henry McGuiness

15:00 to 15:30Refreshments
15:30 to 17:00Closing plenary - The challenges facing the Collaboration in the next 20 years
Speakers: the prize-winning science journalist and author, Dr Ben Goldacre, David Tovey (Editor-in-chief) and Mark Wilson (Chief Executive Officer) of The Cochrane Collaboration.