Canberra panorama

Canberra 2019

The second Evidence Synthesis Hackathon will take place at The University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia from 8-10 April 2019. This will be a rare opportunity to meet and work with leading thinkers in the fields of evidence synthesis and meta-research, including speakers from all three evidence synthesis collaborations: Cochrane, Campbell, and the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence.

Our intention is to inspire and support the development of new ideas in this important field. By bringing together technologists and developers with subject-matter experts, this will be a unique opportunity to form new collaborations and develop new ways to approach critical problems. Attendees will work together to build software tools and research papers that will profoundly influence the field of meta-research.

Registration for this event has now closed, but we’ll continue adding more information here as it becomes available.


Dates: Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th April 2019
Venue: UNSW Canberra & ANU
Registration cost: $100 (full) or $50 (student)


Confirmed presenters

In alphabetical order:

Adam DunnAdam Dunn [@adamgdunn] is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University and Affiliated Faculty with the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. His research is in clinical research informatics, where he aims to improve the way results from clinical trials are used in systematic reviews; and digital epidemiology, where he uses large-scale data from news and social media to track how evidence and misinformation spread through society, with the aim of improving health behaviours. Adam has been an investigator on projects funded by the NHMRC and AHRQ; is an Associate Editor of BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, and Research Integrity and Peer Review; an Editorial Board member for JAMIA Open; and spends most of his time supporting postgraduate and early-career researchers.

Kerrie MengersenKerrie Mengersen [@KerrieMengersen] is a Distinguished Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences at QUT and is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers: Big Data, Big Models and New Insights (ACEMS). Her focus is on using and developing new statistical and computational methods that can help to solve complex problems in the real world. These problems are in the fields of environment, health and medicine and industry. In 2016, she was awarded the Pitman Medal, the highest honour to be presented by the Statistical Society of Australia and the first woman to receive it. In 2018, she was elected a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and also the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (ASSA).

Matthew PageMatthew Page is a Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia, based in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. He holds a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2015-2019) and leads a programme of research on methods for evidence synthesis. His research interests include examination of the transparency and reproducibility of systematic reviews; methods to address reporting biases (e.g. publication bias, selective reporting bias); tools to assess risk of bias in randomized trials and non-randomized studies of interventions; and examination of selective inclusion of results in meta-analyses. He is leading the update of the PRISMA reporting guideline for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and is an associate editor for the 2019 edition of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. He is also a co-convenor of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group.

Gillian PetrokofskyGillian Petrokofsky [@greenwoodtree] is a research fellow at the University of Oxford. Gill focuses on research to support evidence-based decision making in forestry and land-use. She works in multidisciplinary teams to engage communities of interest, who collectively contribute to exploring and solving contemporary problems facing the sector. She co-authored the latest Guidelines and Standards for Evidence Synthesis in Environmental Management. She is on the Editorial Advisory Group for the International Forestry Review and a Co-ordinator of the International Union of Forestry Research Organization’s division on Information and communication.

Wolfgang ViechtbauerWolfgang Viechtbauer [@wviechtb] is associate professor of methodology and statistics at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His research is primarily focused on developing statistical methods and software for meta-analysis and the design and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel studies using appropriate mixed-effects models. He is author of the metafor package for R, which covers a wide variety of standard and advanced meta-analytic methods (e.g., fixed/random/mixed-effects models, meta-regression, multilevel and multivariate meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, phylogenetic and spatio-temporal models).

Vivian WelchVivian Welch [@vawelch] is Editor in Chief of the Campbell Collaboration. She is also an associate professor at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa and scientist at the Bruyère Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada. She is a co-convenor of the Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group (2011-) and co-director of Cochrane Global Ageing. She is a clinical epidemiology methodologist and population health researcher at the Bruyère Research Institute (BRI). She leads methodological research on how to improve the assessment of considerations of health equity and social determinants of health in systematic reviews, guidelines and other evaluative research. She also leads systematic reviews and evidence and gap maps in global health in collaboration with practitioners and decision-makers.

Organizing committee

Neal HaddawayNeal Haddaway [@nealhaddaway] is a research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute. His main research interests are around the production and use of environmental evidence in decision-making, by improving the transparency, efficiency and reliability of evidence synthesis as a methodology. Neal is the co-creator of ROSES (RepOrting standards for Systematic Evidence Syntheses), a set of rigorous standards for reporting the conduct of systematic reviews and maps in environmental topics.

Shinichi NakagawaShinichi Nakagawa is a Professor at UNSW, Sydney (Australia), the Deputy Director of Research at the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, EERC at UNSW, and an elected member of the Society of Research Synthesis Methods; he is also a Cochrane-review author. In addition to empirical papers on various topics in ecology and evolution, he has published over 60 meta-analyses and 30 methodological papers, which include a new effect size static (lnCVR) and various new methods (e.g., phylogenetic multilevel meta-analysis and R-squared for mixed models).

Dan NobleDaniel Noble [@DanielWANoble] is a Lecturer at the Australian National University. In addition to his empirical work in ecophysiology and evolutionary ecology, Dan is passionate about developing new statistical and computational approaches to facilitate systematic reviews and meta-analyses. He is one of the authors of metaDigitise, an R package used for extracting data from the primary literature and he has published a number of large-scale meta-analyses exploring questions in evolutionary ecology.

Martin WestgateMartin Westgate [@westgatecology] is a research fellow at the Australian National University. His research focusses on how scientific information can be used to mitigate human impacts on the environment, via a combination of empirical ecology and evidence synthesis. Martin is the creator of revtools, an R package for interactive visualisation of bibliographic data during evidence synthesis projects.