Call for Workshops

The call for workshop proposals is open, the deadline for submission is 6 April 2020. Standard workshops held during the Toronto 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 encourage you to submit workshops aimed at beginners and covering the fundamentals. Innovative workshop formats are welcome. All submissions will be notified of their outcome by May 25, 2020. All accepted abstracts will be published in an e-book as a supplement to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

The focus of the Colloquium is on "Rapid-Learning Health Systems", an approach to improve people’s experiences and health outcomes while keeping costs manageable and health care stakeholders engaged. Rapid-learning health systems apply to all levels of health care (from clinical encounter to program, organization and system) and across all parts (from home care to primary and specialty care and public health). The Colloquium will also address the role of technology in achieving Rapid-learning health systems.

Submissions are invited in the following categories:

  • Adverse effects
  • Conflict of interest in reviews
  • Diagnostic test accuracy review methods
  • Editorial processes and supporting review authors
  • Education and training
  • Evidence-based Decision Making
  • Global health and equity
  • GRADEing the evidence
  • Health economics
  • Inclusion of non-randomized designs
  • Investigating bias
  • Knowledge translation and communicating evidence
  • Other review formats (e.g. overviews of reviews, network meta-analysis)
  • Patient or healthcare consumer involvement and shared decision-making
  • Priority setting
  • Qualitative evidence synthesis methodology
  • Rapid Reviews
  • Searching and information retrieval
  • Statistical methods
  • Systematic reviews and technology
  • Translation (linguistic translation of Cochrane content)
  • Understanding and using evidence
  • Use of Automation Processes
  • Other

The deadline for workshop submissions is 6 April 2020 (23:59 UTC)

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 Toronto 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 6 April 2020 (23:59 UTC). There will be no deadline extensions.

  • Workshops must be submitted online by 6 April 2020 (23:59 UTC).
  • Only workshop proposals submitted in English will be considered. The text of your submitted proposal must be in English for peer review.
  • Submissions must not be longer than 3000 characters (approx. 420 words).
  • There is a special field to describe how your workshop is relevant to the "Rapid-Learning Health Systems" theme. 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 importance, structure, innovation and clarity. Some of the 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 25 May 2020.


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 2020.

Workshops Committee

The Workshops Committee Co-Chairs are Holger Schüneman, Dario Sambunjak, and Elie Akl. They can be contacted at