Announcing the Global Evidence Summit 2017

Announcing the Global Evidence Summit 2017

Cochrane, together with four other leading organizations in the production and dissemination of evidence for decision making in the global health, social, and economic policy and practice sectors - proudly announces the first ‘Global Evidence Summit’ in Cape Town, South Africa.

Next year, Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health, is joining with four other leading organizations – the Guidelines International Network, The Campbell Collaboration, the International Society for Evidence-based Health Care, and the Joanna Briggs Institute - to hold the first ‘Global Evidence Summit’ (GES) in Cape Town, South Africa from 12-16 September 2017.

The theme of the GES, ‘Using Evidence. Improving Lives’, will highlight and promote evidence-informed approaches to health policy and development, offering the most cost-effective interventions.

The summit will focus on the opportunities and challenges facing low- and middle-income countries - a reason why the GES is to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is expected to attract up to 2000 delegates and will bring together many parts of the evidence community to promote evidence-informed decision-making worldwide.

Professor Jimmy Volmink, Director of host organization Cochrane South Africa, said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for the global evidence world. It is the first global meeting of its kind which will highlight how using evidence and information helps people make better decisions to improve lives, as well as enhancing capacity development and future research in the fields of health and social development.”

He went on to say: “This global event will show how the best available evidence, clinical judgment and patient preferences are important components of healthcare decision-making.”

Cochrane’s CEO, Mark Wilson warmly welcomed today’s news: “We hope the Global Evidence Summit will be a watershed moment in the appreciation of how evidence-informed policy and practice can improve health and development outcomes in both developed and low- and middle-income countries. The Summit will be a high-quality scientific conference; but we also intend that it will bring together international healthcare and development leaders with many of the world’s experts in the production and use of high-quality evidence across many disciplines. By expanding these relationships, we will ensure that Cochrane learns more about the needs of policy-makers and practitioners, and can provide them in future with even more high-quality, accessible and useful evidence products and services that change lives for the better.”

More detail on dates, registration, and the scientific programme will be announced in the coming months. You can find out more at and follow on Twitter: @GESummit and #GESummit17

Find out more at
Twitter: @GESummit, #GESummit17

Registration will open in late 2016.

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Friday, June 10, 2016