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This training ran successfully as an interactive online course for Defra in March 2020

Locations and Dates:

UKCEH now delivers this course online! The course happens in real-time with two trainers present all the time. We use technology to allow group exercises in virtual breakout rooms, facilitated by our trainers

We plan to offer the next course in June/ july 2020! Please register your interest  so we can fix a date!

We also offer bespoke training courses at a time of your choice. From 6-20 learners. Please contact Dr Ingo Schüder on 01491 69 2225 or ingsch@ceh.ac.uk to explore further.



Students: £199

Professionals: £269

(above fees are Early Bird discount prices)

Short Course Description:

This one-day ONLINE course will introduce you to Evidence Synthesis. It will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to carry out an Evidence Review Synthesis for an area of Natural Environment research of your personal interest. You will gain and improve skills in undertaking an evidence review – from inception and question formulation with clients, to undertaking a systematic search and data extraction, and reporting. We will also cover the nature and application of different synthesis methodologies within different evidence contexts, policy research, evidence synthesis, mapping and meta-analysis. The training involved hands-on group exercises in developing review questions and undertaking a review.  

The training has two elements.

  1. Upfront online learning in your own time (theory, max ½ day) – FREE -  included in the price
  2. A one-day interactive, fully-facilitated online training course 

Beyond the Evidence Synthesis methodologies, we will cover aspects such as

  • Interpreting science for application in setting policy and business goals
  • Working across the natural-social science boundary
  • Experience and understanding of working with multi-disciplinary teams and outputs
  • Communicating across disciplines
  • Interrogating large datasets and data mining
  • Understanding the requirements of policy makers (science to policy).
  • How to work with groups of experts to put reviews in wider context
  • The value of objective vs subjective analysis

 A previous learner said:

Brilliant course. I am now very confident on the components of an evidence review. The practical activity in the afternoon was brilliant - really good to put the skills into practice.” (PhD student from King's College London)

Learning outcomes:

  • You will have a better understanding of the principles of evidence review, identifying the distinction between traditional reviews and ERs
  • You will gain skills in different methods for undertaking an evidence review
  • You will acquire transferable skills in the field of environmental science
  • You will learn how to set research questions
  • You will learn how to apply transparent and systematic processes when reviewing evidence
  • We will enable you to undertake ERs and understand the value for science-policy/business interfaces.


A maximum of 20 per event to ensure a quality learning experience


Beginner – you do not need any previous knowledge or skills on Evidence Synthesis

Course Leader:

James Miller, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

James is an experienced hydrologist with diverse expertise in the delivery of evidence reviews to government organisations for use in setting policy and research in environmental sciences.

Other trainers:

Charlie Stratford, Wetland hydrologist, UKCEH

Target Audience:

  • PhD students and Early Career Researchers with an interest in Environmental Sciences
  • Researchers in industry
  • Statutory organisations
  • Environmental Consultants
  • nature Conservation - Voluntary sector

register your interest here online, so we can fix a date.

Course delivery

The course includes two short pre-course videos which we will make available online This will include some theory of ES. It will be essential that you look at this material in your own time.

Training will be interactive and focus on skills development to provide the learners with insights into the value of ERs and how to conduct an ER. We will tailor courses so that attendees can apply these skills to their own research.

We encourage you to conduct your own full Evidence Review exercise in your own time once the training has completed.

We will encourage you to evaluate your learning and to give us feedback throughout the training. 

Relevant links and key publications