Training & Speaking

Training in and speaking about systematic review and other evidence synthesis methods

I have been running trainings since 2015 and speak about 10 times per year. I have worked with internationally-renowned partners including the GRADE Working Group, SYRCLE at Radboud UMC, the WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network. Clients include EU research agencies and World Health Organisation research teams, covering international audiences of policy-makers, scientists, and NGOs, from early career researchers through to senior scientists.

Training and education formats vary from short webinars, to multi-day courses, to extended PhD-level supervision. Contact me to find out more.

Training experience since 2015

  • Conference CEC courses, including SOT, EUROTOX, and ISEE

  • Invited lectures and panels, including for Sense About Science, Lancaster University, and the BBC

  • Commissioned courses, including for EU Parliament ECR Group, World Health Organisation, and EU Joint Research Centre

  • Student supervision, with experience at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level

  • Online symposia and webinars, including for the Evidence-based Toxicology Collaboration and Yordas Group

Conferences, Workshops, Presentations

2022

Study quality assessment methods in the draft TSCA SR protocol (13 April 2022) US EPA Scientific Advisory Committee on Chemicals

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IV-CAT: a tool for facilitating peer review of in vitro studies (31 March 2022) Society of Toxicology

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Four Tips for Success with Evidence Reviews: An Editor’s Strategy (27 March 2022) Society of Toxicology

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Systematic review: why, what, and how? (22 March 2022) US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

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Ontologies for toxicology and environmental health (16 March 2022) EBTC Scientific Symposium

Organiser, Speaker, Moderator

Recommendations for the conduct of systematic reviews in toxicology and environmental health research (3 March 2022) Lancaster University

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How to conduct high-quality systematic reviews (11 Feb 2022) University of New England, Australia

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2021

Environment International’s editorial processes for handling the WHO EMF Systematic Reviews (17 December 2021) Navigation Guide Working Group Webinar

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From in here to out there: the fascinating challenge of standardizing toxicity assays (14 December 2021) EBTC Scientific Symposium

Moderator

EBTC 10-Year Anniversary Symposium (11 November 2021) EBTC Scientific Symposium

Organiser

Submitting and peer-reviewing research papers: an editor’s perspective (22 October 2021) Sense About Science VOYS Workshop

Panellist

Recommendations for the conduct of systematic reviews in toxicology and environmental health research (30 September 2021) BioEM

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Research Standards for Systematic Reviews, and How to Use Them (27 September 2021) EUROTOX

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Systematic reviews and chemical risk assessment: current challenges and the need for AI in overcoming them (27 September 2021) EUROTOX

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Maximizing the value of peer review in toxicology (4 August 2021) Toxicology Forum Summer Meeting

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Overcoming data availability obstacles in the way of evidence-based toxicology (25 June 2021) EBTC Scientific Symposium

Organiser, Moderator

Overcoming the “streetlight effect” in evidence synthesis (4 May 2021) ONTOX Kick-Off Meeting

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Application of US EPA IRIS systematic review methods to health effects of phthalate exposures (21 Feb 2021) EBTC Scientific Symposium

Organiser, Moderator

2020

The results of a survey of current practices in systematic evidence maps. (6 August 2020) EBTC Scientific Advisory Council

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The concept of "biological plausibility" in environmental health systematic reviews (17 June 2020) GRADE Working Group Annual Meeting - Large Group Session

Speaker

How certain are we? Progress in adapting systematic review methods to environmental health assessments (15 June 2020) Evidence-Based Toxicology Collaboration Satellite Workshop to the GRADE Working Group Annual Meeting

Organiser

Certainty in Adverse Outcome Pathways (17 June 2020) GRADE Working Group Annual Meeting - Small Group Session

Organiser

Research Quality and Peer Review Workshop. (20 June 2020) Sense About Science "Voice of Young Science" Network.

Panellist

Knowledge from Information: Bioinformatics as the Science of the Anthropocene. (14 February) AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting 2020. Seattle, USA

Symposium. Convener, Speaker

BBC/UKRI: The Future of Artificial Intelligence. (14 February) AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting 2020. Seattle, USA

Panellist

Applying AI to solve problems more complex than people can understand: the epistemological and ethical implications of "machine knowing" COGITO at Glasgow University, UK

Speaker. Cancelled due to COVID-19

Conduct and reporting standards for systematic reviews in toxicology and risk assessment. EUROTOX 2020

Speaker. Cancelled due to COVID-19

Systematic reviews and chemical risk assessment: current challenges, and the need for AI in overcoming them EUROTOX 2020

Speaker. Cancelled due to COVID-19

2019

Procedures for reporting and appraising systematic reviews (12 Nov) US EPA Systematic Review Community of Practice Webinar

Speaker

Overview of SR editorial and peer-review processes for the Editorial Board at Environment International (20 Nov) Environment International Editorial Board Webinar

Speaker

A Journal Editors’ Guide to Successful Systematic Reviews: Common Challenges Faced by Submitting Authors, and How to Address Them. (25 August 2019) ISEE 2019, Utrecht, NL

Workshop. Organiser and speaker

International Editor’s Workshop on raising the standard of systematic reviews published in environmental health and toxicology journals. (29-31 May 2019) Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Workshop. Organiser

Practical challenges in assessing the external validity of individual studies, and the implications for integrating multiple streams of evidence in systematic reviews. (2 June 2019) US National Academies of Sciences Workshop on Evidence Integration in Chemical Assessments. Washington DC, USA

Speaker

Machine Learning and Knowledge Systems for the Anthropocene. (11 January 2019) Lancaster Environment Centre Winter Conference. Lancaster, UK.

Speaker

SR submission procedures at Environment International (11 April) Second Meeting of Lead Reviewers of Systematic Reviews for the WHO/ILO Joint Methodology for Estimating the Work-Related Burden of Disease and Injury. EU OSHA, Bilbao, Spain

Speaker, Trainer

EBTC GRADE Working Group Pre-Meeting: Systematic Methods for Identification, Appraisal and Integration of Mechanistic Data in Systematic Reviews. (11 June) McMaster University, Canada.

Rapporteur

EBTC/EFSA International Workshop on Systematic Review Methods and Adverse Outcome Pathways. (2-3 October) Parma, Italy

Group Lead, Facilitator

Lancaster University (training seminar) Authorship Seminar for Early Career Researchers: An Editor’s Dos and Don’ts. Elsevier Early Career Researcher Seminar at Lancaster University. Lancaster, UK

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Continuing Education Session PM11: Conducting Systematic Review in Toxicology—Why, When, How? SOT 2019 (Baltimore, MD, USA) Contributing training presentation: “Reporting and Reviewing Systematic Reviews.” General toxicology audience.

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2018

WHO/ILO Systematic Reviews reinforce the value of formal pre-publication of SR protocols. (4 December 2018) Navigation Guide Working Group Quarterly Webinar.

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Keynote: Systematic Review, Machine Learning and the Liberation of Knowledge from Information in Environmental Health Research. (15 October 2018) Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative Summit on Artificial Intelligence in Environmental Health. Research Triangle Park, NC, USA.

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Systematic Reviews, Evidence Maps and a Need for Interactive Data Visualization in Environmental Health Research. (25 August 2018) iLab Calgary Invited Speaker Seminar. University of Calgary, Canada.

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From gatekeeper to midwife: how journals can improve the quality of published systematic reviews. (19 April 2018) Collaboration for Environmental Evidence 2nd International Conference. Paris, France.

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Areas in which AI could contribute to the conduct of systematic reviews. (3 April 2018) AI4CRA Meeting. EU Joint Researcher Centre, Ispra, Italy.

Speaker

OECD Level 1 Workshop on Systematic Review of Existing Data of Endocrine Disruptors. (25 October 2018) OECD, Paris, France.

UK Expert Representative

IV International Congress on Safety and Health at Work (Bilbao, Spain). Training on systematic approaches to Assessment of Scientific Evidence session.

Speaker

Elsevier Researcher Academy (webinar). Education webinar Systematic Reviews 101. Introduction to SRs, editorial handling thereof, and advice on successful SR project planning. Varied early-career audience. [Link]

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EU Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy). 2-day training on how to conduct and appraise SRs, with a focus on value for research commissioners

Organiser, Speaker

2017

Gatekeeper and midwife: the two roles of the academic editor. (17 December 2017) Lancaster University “New Café”, Lancaster, UK

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Ensuring only high-quality systematic reviews get published: New obligations and strategies for environmental health journals (23 November 2017) World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease Estimation Planning Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Invited expert stakeholder: Comments on EFSA’s draft BPA hazard assessment protocol. (12 September 2017) European Food Safety Authority Meeting on Draft BPA Hazard Assessment Protocol. Brussels, Belgium.

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Ensuring only high-quality systematic reviews get published: New obligations and strategies for environmental health journals (19 August 2017) US National Toxicology Program 4th International Symposium on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Laboratory Animal Studies. Research Triangle Park, NC, USA.

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The WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network Systematic Review Framework Document. (21 June 2017) Second Meeting of the WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network. Parma, Italy.

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Appraisal of study quality in environmental health systematic reviews should be based on risk of bias and eschew scores and scales (Zurich, Switzerland). World Health Organization Global Burden of Disease Estimation Planning Meeting.

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Introduction to systematic review of toxicological data (Parma, Italy). WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network.

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Systematic review methods for environmental health research. (Debrecen, Hungary) DIMOPEX Training School. Debrecen, Hungary.

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Developing Environmental Standards. (London) Sustainability Network for Standardisation. London, UK.

Speaker

2016

International Expert Workshop: Defining best-practice standards for planning and conducting environmental health and toxicology systematic reviews. (1-2 December 2016) Royal Society of Chemistry, London, UK

Workshop. Organiser

Panel Session on “Systematic reviews and preventing the misuse of Bradford Hill criteria” (16 October 2016) Austin Bradford Hill Anniversary Symposium. Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK.

Session Chair

Themed Session “How to Ensure Only High-Quality Systematic Reviews Get Published: Strategies from Medical and Chemical Risk Research”. (16 August 2016) Collaboration for Environmental Evidence 1st International Conference. Stockholm, Sweden.

Convener, Speaker

Improving the quality of systematic evidence synthesis in toxicology. (16 August 2016) Collaboration for Environmental Evidence 1st International Conference. Stockholm, Sweden.

Speaker

Systematic review as an approach to advancing the transparency and scientific robustness of chemical risk assessment. European Parliament ECR Group

Organiser

2015

Innovation vs the Precautionary Principle and avoiding market entrenchment of problem products. (15 June 2016) Cereals 2016. Cambridge, UK

Panellist

Contemporary reporting practices in environmental health systematic reviews (15 December 2015) Navigation Guide Working Group Webinar

Speaker

Systematic review methods for chemical risk assessment (22 June 2015) Precaution and Innovation Workshop, Brunel University, London

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Discussion Leader with Sir Dick Taverne QC. “Better science for better EU regulation.” (26 February 2015) Centre for European Policy Studies Ideas Lab. Brussels, Belgium.

Panellist

2014

International Expert Workshop: Systematic review methods for chemical risk assessment: challenges and opportunities. (14 November 2014) Royal Society of Chemistry, London, UK

Workshop. Organiser

European Food Safety Authority Scientific Opinions on Bisphenol-A: a critical appraisal (3 December 2014) Navigation Guide Working Group Webinar

Speaker

EFSA’s Opinions on risks to health posed by BPA: methodological considerations (11 Sept 2014) European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility Annual Meeting. Berlin, Germany

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Literature review in toxicological research and chemical risk assessment: the state of the science (13 May 2014) Poster Spotlight presentation during session “Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) substances – identification, assessment and regulatory decision making with a special focus on socio-economic aspects”

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Policy from Science Project Literature Review Appraisal Toolkit (12 February 2014) Highwire Coffee Club, Lancaster University, UK

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2013

Systematic review and the future of evidence in chemicals policy (15 October 2013) Report and campaign launch event at European Parliament with Corinne LePage MEP, Brussels, Belgium.

European Parliament hosted event. Organiser, Speaker

Should I drink out of this? (5 December 2013) SR+ Seminar, Lancaster University

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We need to talk about literature reviews (29 November 2013) Postgraduate Seminar, Lancaster University

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The Policy from Science Project (19 June 2013) EEB Chemicals Working Group Meeting, Brussels, Belgium

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How to evaluate study credibility: the example set by evidence-based medicine (11 June 2013) Royal Society of Chemistry Environmental Health and Safety Committee AGM. RSC, London, UK

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How to evaluate study credibility: the example set by evidence-based medicine (12 May 2013) SETAC Europe, Glasgow, Scotland

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