Join the Conversation Webinar Series

Upcoming webinars

    The next webinar in this series will be held in February 2022. Registration links and further details are forthcoming.  

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    Each month, you are invited to join a 60 minute interactive webinar hosted by Cochrane’s Editor in Chief, Karla Soares-Weiser. This is an opportunity to hear more about Cochrane’s Editorial and Methods Department’s (EMD) strategic plans and their implementation by senior editorial staff, as well as the work from Cochrane Groups from around the world. 

    Karla will introduce COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related topics and we’ll hear about ongoing editorial priorities, achievements and best practice from Cochrane Groups and Review Group Networks.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

    The sessions are open to every Cochrane member and supporter, and they will be recorded and shared via our website for those who can’t attend. Do you have suggestions for topics you’d like to see covered in these webinars, or questions you’d like to ask? Please send them to Nazia Afzal –

    2021 Webinars

    November 2021

    • Update on the future of evidence synthesis in Cochrane
      Karla Soares-Weiser, Cochrane's Editor in Chief
    • Cochrane's Central Executive Team Reorganization and Restructure
      Judith Brodie, Interim CEO
    • Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
      Chris Champion, Head of People Services
      Tracey Howe, Co-Chair, Governing Board (am session)
      Juan Franco, Member, Governing Board (pm session)

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    October 2021: Research integrity

    • Open access and the problem of for-profit journals
      Ginny Barbour, Co-Lead, QUT Office for Scholarly Communication; Director, Open Access Australasia
    • Qualitative study of problematic trials
      Lisa Parker, Honorary Lecturer, Sydney School of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney; Faculty Associate, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    • Fraudulent trials in systematic reviews
      Ian Roberts, Co-Director of the Clinical Trials Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Co-ordinating Editor, Cochrane Injuries
    • Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Trustworthiness Resources
      Frances Kellie, Managing Editor, Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth; Zarko Alfirevic, Co-ordinating Editor, Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth
    • Challenges in Publication Ethics
      Ana Marusic, Chair, Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health, University of Split School of Medicine; Council Member, Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
    • RIAT Expressions of Concern Campaign
      Anisa Rowhani-Farid, Postdoctoral Fellow at RIAT at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
    • Ethics and integrity in reviewing research: lessons from ivermectin
      Dónal O'Mathúna, Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities; Director, Cochrane Affiliate, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare, The Ohio State University
    • Qualitative study of problematic trials (recording not posted, as content repeated from Lisa Parker's presentation)
      Stephanie Boughton, Research Integrity Editor, Editorial & Methods Department, Cochrane Central Executive

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    September 2021: The Strategy for Change and the future of evidence synthesis at Cochrane

    This webinar was hosted by Cochrane Governing Board Co-Chairs Tracey Howe or Catherine Marshall. 

    • Cochrane's Strategy for Change
      Judith Brodie, Interim Chief Executive Officer
    • Cochrane's next chapter: Reimagining our role in a rapidly changing world
      Karla Soares-Weiser, Editor in Chief

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    July 2021 webinar: Editorial independence and efficiency and plain language summary projects 

    • Introduction
    • Editorial Independence and Efficiency Project update
      Karla Soares-Weiser, Editor in Chief, Cochrane Library
    • Plain Language Summary Project results
      Denise Mitchell, Plain Language Summary writer
    • Questions and discussion

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    June 2021 webinar: Research Integrity and editorial policy

    • Introduction
    • Meet Cochrane's new Interim CEO, Judith Brodie
    • Cochrane Library: editorial and publishing policy updates
      John Hilton, Senior Editor, Publishing Operations, Cochrane Central Executive
    • Introducing the new Cochrane policy for managing potentially problematic studies
      Stephanie Boughton, Research Integrity Editor, Cochrane Central Executive
    • Questions and discussion

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    May 2021 webinar: Funding and COVID-19 reviews

    This webinar will be hosted by Toby Lasserson, Acting Editor in Chief. 

    • Funding announcement from UK NIHR
      Karla Soares-Weiser, Acting CEO
    • Generic medicines for COVID-19: upcoming reviews
      Vanessa Piechotta, Research Associate and Managing Editor, Cochrane Haematology
    • Living systematic review guidance
      Claire Iannizzi, Research Associate, Cochrane Haematology

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    April 2021: Projects across our Community

    • Introduction
    • Cochrane PaPaS Network Innovation Fund Project: Acute Pain Outcomes
      Neil O'Connell, Coordinating Editor, Cochrane PaPaS
    • Cochrane Review Group Networks’ Health Equity Priority Setting Pilot
      Eve Tomlinson, Network Support Fellow, Cochrane Cancer Network
    • PICO Annotation and Evidence Surveillance
      Deirdre Beecher, Metadata Specialist, Cochrane Central Executive

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    March 2021: Supporting complex methods in Cochrane

    • Introduction and update
      Karla Soares-Weiser, Editor in Chief, Cochrane Library
    • Cochrane’s Methods Support Unit
      Kerry Dwan, Methods Support Unit Lead and Statistical Editor
    • See a need, fill a need: developing author and editor resources
      Andy Anglemyer, Epidemiology Editor
      Tess Moore, Systematic Review Methodological Editor
    • Working with the Methods Support Unit: the CRG Network perspective 
      Nuala Livingstone, Associate Editor, Mental Health and Neuroscience Network, Cancer Network (morning session)
      Teo Quay, Managing Editor, Cochrane Gut (afternoon session)
    • Questions and discussion

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    February 2021: Cochrane's editorial plans for 2021

    • Pilot project aiming to assess the feasibility of creating independent development and editorial processes 
      Karla Soares-Weiser, Editor in Chief
    • Update on the roll out of the new Editorial Management System
      Rachel Marshall, Senior Editorial Officer
    • Providing earlier support to reviews in process
      Toby Lasserson, Deputy Editor in Chief
    • Questions and discussion

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    2020 Webinars

    December 2020: Cochrane's collaborative COVID-19 response

    • Introduction
    • Collaborating in response to COVID-19: editorial and methods initiatives across Cochrane
      John Hilton, Senior Editor, Publishing Operations, Editorial & Methods Department, Cochrane Central Executive
    • COVID-19 case studies from the Cochrane Community
      Cochrane’s COVID-19 consumer rapid response group – Richard Morley, Consumer Engagement Officer, Cochrane Central Executive 
      Very rapid reviews to inform national treatment guidelines – Taryn Young, Cochrane South Africa
      Making sure evidence is available in people's preferred languages – Vere Borra, Cochrane FirstAid
      Compiling the best evidence available rapidly – Stefano Negrini, Cochrane Rehabilitation
      The eCOVID-19 living recommendations map and gateway to contextualisation – Adrienne Stevens, Cochrane Canada
    • Looking forward to 2021
      Karla Soares-Weiser, Editor in Chief, Cochrane Library

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    November 2020: Cochrane's Editorial Management System

    • Introduction
    • Announcing Cochrane's new Editorial Management System
      Obi Onuora, Publishing Technology Manager, Publishing, Research and Development, Cochrane Central Executive
    • Editorial workflow community consultation results
      Rachel Marshall, Senior Editorial Officer, Editorial & Methods Department, Cochrane Central Executive
    • Looking forward to implementation of the Editorial Management System
      Chris Champion, Head of People Services Department, Cochrane Central Executive

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    October 2020: Research Integrity

    Cochrane Library Deputy Editor in Chief Toby Lasserson hosted this webinar. 

    • Introduction
    • Comparison of preprints with final publications on COVID-19: Discrepancies in Results Reporting and Conclusions
      Matthew Page, Senior Research Fellow and ARC DECRA Fellow, Research Methodology Division, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University (a.m. session) 
      Quinn Grundy, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto (p.m. session)
    • Cochrane’s revised Conflict of Interest Policy for Cochrane Library Content: Some common issues 
      Ruth Foxlee, Editorial & Methods Department, Cochrane Central Executive 
    • Cochrane policy on scientific misconduct: an update
      Stephanie Boughton, Cochrane Research Integrity Editor

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    September 2020 webinar

    • Introduction
    • Cochrane Review Plain Language Summaries and Abstracts
      Toby Lasserson, Deputy Editor in Chief, Cochrane Library
    • Managing Editor Experiences with Review Production: Support provided to author teams in review development and the editorial process
      Emma Dennett, Managing Editor, Airways Group (morning session)
      Jordi Pardo Pardo, Co-Managing Editor, Musculoskeletal Group (afternoon session)
    • Cochrane COVID-19 Study Register and the future of review production
      Chris Mavergames (morning session), Cochrane Central Executive
      Robin Featherstone (afternoon session), Cochrane Central Executive
    • Karla’s update

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    August 2020 Webinar

    • Introduction
    • Cochrane’s next strategic plan: learn about the foundations of Cochrane’s plans for the future, and help to shape them
      Lucie Binder, Head of Governance & Strategy Unit, Cochrane Central Executive Team
    • COVID-19 Living Systematic Reviews: Convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobulin for people with COVID‐19
      Vanessa Piechotta, First Author
    • COVID Reviews: Updates to the Cochrane COVID Review process
      Kayleigh Kew, Senior Methods Editor, Editorial & Methods Department, Cochrane Central Executive
    • Karla's update 

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    July 2020 webinar

    • Karla’s update
    • Learn about Cochrane's Research Integrity Team and their research agenda
      Stephanie Boughton, Research Integrity Editor (morning session), Lisa Bero, Senior Research Integrity Editor (afternoon session)
    • Cochrane's new publishing agreement with Wiley
      Charlotte Pestridge, Head of Publishing, Research and Development, Cochrane Central Executive
    • Cochrane Ireland's COVID-19 response
      Declan Devane, Director, Cochrane Ireland

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    June 2020: Introduction and COVID-19 in Cochrane

    • Meet the Editor and Deputy Editor in Chief 
    • Karla’s update on  Cochrane’s COVID-19 Response 
    • Toby Lasserson: Update on Cochrane COVID-19 work (Rapid Reviews, Special Collections, etc.)
    • Hear from COVID-19 Working Group members (Speakers: Sally Green in morning session, Jordi Pardo in afternoon session)
    • Invited speakers from Cochrane Groups
      Catherine Houghton, author of “Barriers and facilitators to healthcare workers’ adherence with infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases: a rapid qualitative evidence synthesis” 
      Asger Sand Paludan-Müller, author of “Hand cleaning with ash for reducing the spread of viral and bacterial infections: a rapid review” (morning session only)
      Barbara Nußbaumer-Streit, author of “Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID‐19: a rapid review” 

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