The conference dinner was held at the Nobel Museum, the official home of memorabilia of Nobel laureates and inspiring quotations such as that from Louis Agassiz (pictured). I like this quote in particular as many of us at the conference agreed that there is a connection here in the endeavour of undertaking a rigorous review of evidence in controversial topics or politically sensitive areas!
There is undeniably a strong desire and commitment to use more rigorous forms of evidence synthesis in decision making in many European countries. Australia’s position regarding evidence based policy making provided some comic moments during the conference, which if I hadn’t been from Australia and devoted 15 years of my career to the cause would have been of shared amusement.
Given the success of the conference, planning has already begun for the next conference in Paris. Together with the ” What Works Global Summit”-https://www.wwgs2016.org/, the Global Evidence Summit – http://www.globalevidencesummit.org/ and the Evidence Live conference – http://evidencelive.org/, there is no shortage of opportunities to learn how we can make better decisions resulting in better outcomes from using systematic reviews of evidence. I look forward to proudly hosting such an event in Australia soon.