Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

Q: I’m not a Cochrane Collaboration contributor. Can I still attend the colloquium?
A: Yes! We encourage anyone with an interest in evidence informed health care to attend. For more information on who should attend, click here

Q: Can my spouse or partner attend?
A: Anyone wishing to attend the Colloquium must pay a registration fee. There are many social events and interesting tours that an accompanying person can participate in during the Colloquium. Extra social event tickets may be purchased based on a first come first served basis. You will see this option during registration and payment.

Q: Are there child-minding services available at or near the Colloquium venue?

A: There are no official child-minding services available at the HICC or the Novotel hotel. However, should you need the services of a child-minder, please contact Ms. Sunayana Kanchann (sunayanak@hicc.com). The Trident Hotel offers child-minding services, so please contact them for further details. 

Travelling to India 

QI’m not an Indian citizen. Do I need special documentation to enter India?
A: All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. For more information, click here.

Q: Can I receive a discount on my travel fare?
A: No. 

Q: Do I need to bring an electrical outlet adapter if I’m travelling from outside of India?
A: Yes. See Useful facts for more information. 


Q: Can I pay my registration fee at the Colloquium?
A: No. All fees must be paid up front with a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club) using our online registration and payment system before 1 September 2014.

Q: Is the registration fee refundable?
A: Conference registration cancellations received in writing before 1st September 2014 will be refunded in full, less an administrative fee.  See Registration Guidelines for more details.

Q: I only plan on attending one day of the Colloquium. Can I pay for one day only?
A: Yes. For the fees applicable to your country for day registration click here

Q: Several of my colleagues and I are registering for the Colloquium. Is there a special group rate?
A: No, only individual registration is available.

Abstract / Workshop submissions

Q: I already have a Colloquium account. Can I reuse my email and login information?
A: No, you must create a new account for this year’s Colloquium.

Q: If I submit an abstract but do not receive a confirmation email, how will I know if it went through?
A: Log in to your Colloquium account and click ‘My submissions’ in the blue menu on the left side of the screen. This page will list any content you have submitted and will update you on its status. If your submission is not listed, write to abstracts@cochrane.org and ask for confirmation.

Q: If I missed the abstract submission deadline, will you accept late submissions?
A: The call for abstracts will automatically close on 24 March 2014 at 12 a.m IST. If you were unable to submit your abstract due to technical difficulties with the Colloquium website, write to abstracts@cochrane.org. Otherwise, no late submissions will be accepted.

Q: If my abstract is accepted, but I can no longer attend the Colloquium, can I send someone to present in my place?
A: Yes, you have until 1 September 2014 to advise the event organizers of a substitute delegate. Please email abstracts@cochrane.org if you are unable to present at the Colloquium.


Q: Will I receive Continuing Medical Education credits for attending the Colloquium?
A: We are working on this and will update the site once we have more definitive information.

Q: Will I receive a certificate of attendance for the Colloquium?
A: Yes. We hope to enable this system so that you can generate your attendance certificates.

Accommodation & getting around

Q: Do I need to book my own hotel room?
A: Yes, all Colloquium attendees must arrange their own accommodation. A list of recommended hotels at Special rates can be found here.

Q: Do citizens of Hyderabad speak English?
A: Though Telegu and Urdu are the official languages spoken in Hyderabad, many people, particularly at the airpoirt counters, and almost all who are involved in the service or tourism industry, speak Englsih. Signboards are also commonly in English, in addition to local languages.  

Q: Are there attractions I can visit outside of the Colloquium venue?
A: Yes. For more information, click here

Weather in September

Q. What will the weather in Hyderabad be like during the time of the Colloquium?
A.  September usually sees a lot of rain during the early part of the month, and though the rains tend to let up towards the end of the month, there is a possibility of rain. The days are warm. 

Future Colloquia

Q: Where and when will the 2015 be held?
A: The 23rd Cochrane Colloquium will be held in Vienna, Austria in September 2015.

If you have a question that is not answered above, please email colloquium@cochrane.org.

Useful facts about travelling to Hyderabad