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Meetings and Events

Next meeting:

Tuesday 17th October 2017, BESH Café event, 4pm in Bangor Fron Heulog Room 14 and Wrexham Cambrian 2 conference room.

We have planned an early evening café event for anyone interested in evidence synthesis methodology. We want your ideas about what you want from the event. For example:

  • Are you new to evidence syntheses but don’t know what fits with your research plans?
  • Do you have a specific challenge in conducting a part of an evidence synthesis and want to get others’ views/ideas?
  • Have you experience of something that works well regarding the process of doing evidence reviews and want to share with others?

Please contact US so that we can plan the event around YOU! (before 6th October 2017 for specific questions)


Previous meetings:

Monday 24th April 2017, 10-11.30am, Doctoral School training course: An Introduction to Searching for Systematic Reviews. This training session will cover planning an appropriate search strategy, database searching tips including using MeSH and other indexes, using search filters, documenting the search process, managing references using RefWorks. Open to all staff and students. 

Friday 17th February 2017, 1pm in Fron Heulog room 5, or Cambrian 1 room 14 (Wrexham), to hear via videoconference from Dr Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice and Director of Information at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield.Title of talk: "Same Species or Different Animal?: a working comparison between Systematic Reviews and Qualitative Evidence Syntheses". Abstract: Existing methodology for systematic reviews of qualitative research (also known as qualitative evidence syntheses) either assumes that they can be patterned on systematic reviews of effectiveness or that they represent a demonstrably different type of process and output. To what extent can these views be reconciled, if at all? What are the implications of these contrasting views for the development of systematic review methods more generally? Slides available here

October 24th 2016, in Bangor Teras Conference Room 3 (with coffee/tea at 1.30pm) With V/C to Wrexham

BESH and the Research Data Support team, Library and Archives Service present:

Open Access to Sensitive Research Data

Guest Speakers:

Professor Mark Elliot, Professor of Data Science, Manchester University and UK Anonymisation Network (via videoconference)

Dr Catrin Tudur Smith, Reader in Medical Statistics, Liverpool University, title of talk: Good practice principles for sharing individual participant data from publicly funded clinical trials

July 14th 2016, Wrexham with VC to Bangor. Dr Nicola Randall, from the Centre for Evidence Based Agriculture at Harper Adams University, presented on the topic of "Systematic mapping to inform decision making".  Slides available here.  A short operational group meeting also took place where we discussed organising a more regular series of talks and opening the membership of the group to a wider audience.

April 7th 2016, Fron Heulog, with VC to Wrexham. Dr Beth Hall presented a methodology talk on Grey Literature Searching: slides available here. An operational meeting for the group took place before the topic discussion, we discussed plans for recording group activities and member interests.

Friday 31st July 2015, Fron Heulog with VC to Wrexham.  Dr Neal Haddaway presented a talk titled “Define 'systematic'! The need for a universal standard definition of a 'systematic' review”. The abstract follows:

"Many of us may be fairly comfortable with what makes a systematic review systematic, and systematic review coordinating bodies each have their own minimum standards for the reviews that they publish. But how well are these standards and definitions understood by users and decision-makers? Based on a recent experience of a high-level misunderstanding of systematic reviews in the World Bank we will discuss whether there is a need for a universal definition for systematic reviews, distinct from any discipline-specific authority, and how such a definition might be established and disseminated".


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