Friendship of Croatian and Polish Cochrane Centres

As part of the Erasmus Plus mobility teaching program and following the invitation of the director of Cochrane Poland, prof. Malgorzata Bala, Tina Poklepović Peričić and Ana Jerončić spent a week in Krakow where they took lectures about methodology of scientific research to students from the Medical Studies in English at the Faculty of Medicine of the Jagellonian University.

It was also a week during which the Cochrane Governance Meeting took place, so this was an opportunity to participate in Cochrane's strategic meetings, as well and to meet with colleagues from around the world. This year's Cochrane Governance Meeting was somewhat different, included all participants in the joint panels, and this year it also offered an unique workshop on how best to participate and make influence in the decision-making, assessing health system needs and organizing and optimizing their work, which is actually one of the fundamental principles of Cochrane. It was also an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from lecturers and moderators from Cochrane Canada, World Health Organization experts, and colleagues from other Cochrane Centers who have extensive experience in dealing with decision-makers in healthcare.

Apart from professional benefits, a week in Krakow was a wonderful experince because of our dear colleagues Malgorzata Bala and Joanna Zajac, who did their best to familiarize us with rich history and cultural heritage of Krakow. Our co-operation will continue, and very soon at the Cochrane Symposium, which will be held on May 23 at the School of Dental Medicine in Zagreb.