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Announcement regarding the location of 2012 Cochrane Colloquium

Dear all –

We regret to announce that the 2012 Cochrane Colloquium will not be held in China. This is due to recent changes in Chinese government policy governing scientific meetings, which have made it impossible for the Chinese Cochrane Centre to secure government approval for a meeting of international delegates on the scale of a Colloquium with such short notice.

The Chinese Cochrane Centre has been working since 2009 to organise the 2012 Colloquium, and has engaged extensively in negotiations with the relevant government ministries, so it is with great disappointment that it has concluded that it will not be possible to host a Chinese Colloquium at this time. The Steering Group is exceptionally grateful to all the staff of the Centre, and in particular Youping Li and Mingming Zhang, as well as the contributors from Nanning (Guangxi), for all the preparations made for the Colloquium on behalf of the Collaboration. It is also grateful to Phil Wiffen and Steve McDonald for support they have provided to the Chinese Cochrane Centre.

The Collaboration’s annual Colloquium is a unique opportunity for Cochrane contributors and those interested in evidence-based health care to meet together in person. We are therefore very pleased to announce that we have accepted the generous offer of the New Zealand Branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre, co-directed by Cindy Farquhar and Mark Jeffery, to host the 2012 Colloquium in Auckland, New Zealand, 30 September to 3 October. More details will be provided in due course.

With best wishes,
Jeremy Grimshaw and Jonathan Craig
Co-Chairs of the Steering Group