Training Schools

Update for applicants:

Thank you for your interest in the EVBRES Training School “EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH (EBR) Training School – Identifying a need for a new research study”, and for taking the time to submit your application information. Since we received a large number of applications, far exceeding the planned number of candidates, it was decided that all registered candidates will be given access to Phase I of the Training school. The Phase I is asynchronous, and the participants will be able to work with materials and tasks at their own pace.

The Phase II of Training school will be conducted synchronously online for two days. Once the Phase I is completed, participants will be able to register for Phase II in one of 3 scheduled terms for Training school:
 2nd EVBRES Training School: April 7th-8th
 3rd EVBRES Training School: May 10th and 17th
 4th EVBRES Training School: September 16th and 23rd

Since the number of participants is limited to 40 for each term, the places will be allocated on the “first come, first served” basis. Expect to receive an email with detailed instructions soon!


On behalf of the Management Committee of the EVBRES COST Action (CA 17117), we are pleased to announce a 2nd EVBRES Training School “EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH (EBR)  –   How to justify and design a new research study, and place new results in the context of existing evidence”, to be held online as a two-phase course.

The overall aim of this course is to introduce the concept of EBR to the participants and increase their ability to use existing evidence to justify and design a new study and place its results in the context of existing evidence to avoid redundant research.

  • Phase I

designed as an asynchronous phase, will be available in February 2021. It aims to enable students to achieve basic knowledge about systematic reviews and the concept of EBR in healthcare research. Phase I is a prerequisite to Phase II.

  • Phase II

will be held in real time as a synchronous phase in April 2021. It aims to enable students to justify a new study in the context of existing research evidence.

On successful completion of the training school, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and importance of Evidence-Based Research    
  • Understand what a systematic review is and what it can be used for
  • Know the principle steps in preparing a systematic review
  • Find a relevant systematic review, i.e. relevant for a new clinical research study
  • Critically appraise a systematic review
  • Decide if a systematic review is up to date
  • Use the results from a systematic review to inform the justification and design of a new study
  • Use the results from a systematic review to interpret results from a new study

Who can apply?

The course is targeted to Early Career Investigators (max. 8 years after Ph.D.) and senior Clinical Health Researchers who are interested in Evidence-Based Research.

Participants need to have a basic knowledge about clinical research methods and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). To ensure that, the participants are requested to familiarize themselves with pre-reading material listed in the learning platform.


Attendance at the Training School is free of charge, but requires registration.

The number of participants in Phase I is not limited, while for Phase II it is limited to 40 students due to interactive teaching. The places will be allocated on the “first come, first served” basis.

In case of a larger number of applicants, an additional Phase II course will be organized.

Applicants will be notified of a final admission decision by March 1st.

Important dates:

January  15th 2021 
January 15th – February 12th  2021
March 1st 2021  
March 1st – 26th 2021  

April 7th – 8th 2021           

Call for Application
Notification of acceptance for Phase I & II
Phase I pre-training School (asynchronous phase)
Phase II Training School (synchronous phase)