Jo, Morwenna, Ken, Noreen and Darren spent the last ten days in the beautiful city of Cape Town at the first ever Global Evidence Summit. They were accompanied by colleagues from the HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre in Exeter (Michael and Liz), Evidence Synthesis & Modelling for Health Improvement (Linda), and the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (Ruth)… and over 1400 other delegates from 77 countries.

The event brought together people interested in evidence based policy from across the globe and was organised by Cochrane, The Campbell Collaboration, Guidelines-International Network, International Society for Evidence-based Health Care, and Joanna Briggs Institute – the first time these organisations have all worked together to organise an event like this.

It was an exciting and inspiring 5 days of workshops, oral presentations, posters and plenaries and we spent many hours discussing and sharing our thoughts on the ideas, methods and approaches that we heard about both with each other and with fascinating people with similar interests from around the world.

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Towards the end of the fifth day we started to bring together all these thoughts into some overarching themes of the messages we would take home with us – we shared them on twitter with the hashtags #ThingsWeLearnt at #GESummit17. Other delegates joined in and we soon had over 50 reflections on the very first Global Evidence Summit all contained within the 140 characters of a tweet!

Here’s a couple to whet your appetite…

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There are lots more on our Storify – take a look! If you were there and have some reflections you’d like to add please tweet using the hashtags #ThingWeLearnt at #GESummit17 and we’ll update the story.

As we set out on the long journey home, we would like to thank everyone who played a role in bringing together people from across the globe, organising a truly inspiring week and hosting us so beautifully in their captivating city.