Who can attend?

Q: I’m not a Cochrane contributor. Can I still attend the Colloquium?
A: Yes. We encourage anyone with an interest in research synthesis and 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 social events and tours that an accompanying person can participate in during the Colloquium. Extra social event tickets may be purchased 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: We are not planning to provide child-minding services, however, if this is something that you might potentially be interested in making use of, please contact us at korea.cochrane@gmail.com.

Travelling to Korea

Q: I’m not a Korean citizen. Do I need special documentation to enter Korea and attend this conference?
A: Entry requirements vary depending on your country of citizenship. Many countries offer visa-free travel to Korea or have visa waiver agreements in place. See the visa requirements page for further information.

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


Q: Can I pay my registration fee at the Colloquium?
A: No. All fees must be paid up front, either with a valid credit card using our online registration and payment system, or by wire transfer for Korean nationals. Fees must be paid by 10 October.

Q: Is the registration fee refundable?
A: Conference registration cancellations received in writing before 14 September will be refunded in full, less an administration 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. Options for day registration will be available via the online registration form. 

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 and workshop submissions

Q: I already have a Colloquium account. Can I reuse my e-mail 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 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, please email abstracts@cochrane.org and ask for confirmation.

Q: If I miss the abstract submission deadline, will you accept late submissions?
A: No. The call for abstracts will automatically close on 13 April at 18:00 Korean Standard Time (09:00 UCT). If you are unable to submit your abstract due to technical difficulties with the Colloquium website, please email abstracts@cochrane.org.

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 14 September 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 looking into this and will update the site once we have more information.

Q: Will I receive a certificate of attendance for the Colloquium?
A: Yes. We hope to automate this process so that delegates can generate their own attendance certificates once the Colloquium is underway.

Accommodation and getting around

Q: Do I need to book my own hotel room?
A: Yes. All Colloquium attendees must arrange their own accommodation. Information about hotels and how to book accommodation can be found on the hotels page.

Q: Do citizens of Korea speak English?
A: English is widely spoken in western hotels and tourist facilities but is less widespread away from tourist centres.

Q: Is there a subway in Seoul and how easy is it to use?
A: The subway (also referred to as the metro) is a cheap and convenient way of getting around Seoul. Since signs and station names are in English as well as Korean, it is foreigner-friendly and easy to use. See this essential information on South Korea from Lonely Planet.

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

Future Cochrane Colloquia

Q: Where and when will the 2017 Colloquium be held?
A: The Colloquium will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, date to be confirmed.

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