Who should attend

We encourage ANYONE with an interest in improving the health of individuals and populations, by providing, or promoting access to reliable, timely, and relevant evidence, to attend our Colloquium.

We hope to welcome to Hyderabad in September 2014, a heady combination of:

Cochrane Contributors:

  • Collaboration staff and volunteer-contributors who wish to meet to share ideas and information, hold meetings, and learn about the latest evidence and methodology.
  • Collaboration staff and volunteer contributors who wish to attend the biggest event of their year, when colleagues from around the world can connect, collaborate, motivate, and celebrate.

Researchers, scientists, and their sponsors:

  • Those involved in conducting research on health-related issues, including those working in laboratory environments, epidemiology and social science related to health, health technology, clinical research, health economics, and public health.
  • Those involved in refining methodology, analysing statistics, teaching research methods, and ensuring equity and human dignity,
  • Those involved in supporting initiatives relevant to conceptualizing, prioritizing, funding, generating, refining, reporting, interpreting, synthesizing, contextualizing, disseminating, translating, monitoring, and evaluating research relevant to improving the health of individuals, and of populations.

Health practitioners:

  • Individuals involved in the delivery of healthcare, including: physicians, dentists, nurses, nurse-practitioners, nursing assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, laboratory-based practioners, radiologists, technicians, midwives and specialists.
  • Non-specialist individuals and representatives of organizations involved in the multidisciplinary endeavour of health care, from any healthcare discipline.


  • Public Health Specialists involved in decisions related to health policy and health systems.
  • Those responsible for making recommendations and decisions regarding health-policy and resource allocation (drug coverage and procurement, non-drug interventions, financing healthcare, funding health research, health systems organization and delivery, formulating best practice guidelines, structuring and implementing health education, etc.).
  • Health Technology Assessors responsible for informing technology-related policy-making in health care
  • Health Administrators involved in health decision-making, and in the organization and delivery of health care.

Users of Health Services, their Care-Givers, and Advocates:

  • Individuals who are experiencing acute illness (minor or major) or chronic disease;
  • Individuals who use, are affected by, or are denied, or are unable to access, health-related services;
  • Caretakers/caregivers of those with acute and chronic illness; and advocates for changes in existing health systems or health policies.

Information-Specialists, the Media, and Information-Technology Professionals:

  • Those involved in disseminating information relevant to health; including access to health care; integrity in health care and health research; and equity in health,  and using any medium of communication, from traditional / conventional, to technology-facilitated, and other innovative approaches.

Members of the Public:

  • Well-wishers of Cochrane who wish to participate as a prelude to, or as a result of active participation through Cochrane and non-Cochrane initiatives, and opportunities.
  • People who be sceptical of, or undecided about, the claims that the Evidence-Informed Health Care Movement has made and wish to find out more for themselves.


  • We specially invite students from all categories and disciplines of healthcare, from around the world, and particularly from Asia, to come to the Colloquium,
  • We hope that you will be inspired by the Cochrane model, and the advocates of evidence-informed healthcare presenting and participating at the Colloquium, so that your current and future work may be shaped and influenced.
  • We believe that participation in this Colloquium has the potential to influence the trajectory of health care delivery in your country and region
  • We believe that your attendance at the 2014 Hyderabad Colloquium will also contribute significantly to helping Cochrane to find ways to better meet the challenges of the coming decades.