3-day Systematic Reviewing Retreat


This Maastricht University course will consist of plenary lectures, practicals and small team exercises. Professors Kleijnen and Zeegers will explain in plenary sessions the role of systematic reviews in decision making in health care; and each step in the conduct of systematic reviews of experimental and observational studies in public health and healthcare research. This will include the use of software tools and meta-analysis. The course will provide guidance on how to formulate questions, how to search for studies and how to assess risk of bias of randomized clinical trials, observational studies, including systematic reviews themselves. Course participants are expected to be able to start writing their own systematic review at the end of this course.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at researchers and PhD students who have concrete plans in performing their first systematic review or who will use knowledge from the ever-increasing number of systematic review being done by others. Knowledge of epidemiologic study designs and statistical analyses is a prerequisite. The course is restricted to maximum 20 participants to stimulate cross-fertilization and allow supervision in small working groups.

When and where? 

Conference centre RolducNew date to be announced

During this 3-day course students and teachers will be based at Monastery Rolduc. Rolduc Abbey is one of the most important religious monuments of The Netherlands: it’s the largest abbey complex of the Benelux and one of the Dutch UNESCO Top 100 monuments. Food, drink and accommodation is provided. This includes 3 vouchers for evening drinks in the infamous Rolduc Beer Cellar. The course will be in English.


€ 1.800,-- including 2-day* all-inclusive accommodation and subsistence for the 3 course days
€ 1.650,-- excluding accommodation and subsistence
*Please contact us, if you need additional nights of accommodation


Prof. Jos KleijnenProf. Jos Kleijnen is a physician, specialised in clinical epidemiology. Currently, he is director of an independent company, Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd, which prepares systematic reviews and health technology assessments for various commissioners, and provides training courses in these areas. In addition, he is professor of Systematic Reviews in Health Care at Maastricht University. Previously, Jos was professor and director of the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York; and director of the Dutch Cochrane Centre at the University of Amsterdam. Jos was one of the pioneers of the methods of systematic reviews.

Prof. Maurice ZeegersProf. Maurice Zeegers is head of School and director of the Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands and past-member of the Statistical Methods Working Group of the Cochrane Collaboration. He has conducted and supervised many systematic reviews of all study designs. He is author of Textbook Epidemiology.

Professors Kleijnen en Zeegers are supported by team of dedicated epidemiologists to facilitate the small group work, Ms Anke Wesselius, Mr. Nikos Stratakis and Mr. Frits van Osch.

More information? 

Hanneke Trines
Postgraduate course coordinator 
T: (+31) (0)43 3882012