The following keynote and invited speakers are confirmed for the meeting:


Keynote speakers


Hongzhe Li is a Professor in biostatistics, epidemiology, and informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He is the head of the Statistical Genetics and Genomics Laboratory. His research is mostly motivated by problems in statistical genetics and genomics, including methods for family-based genetic linkage and association analysis, methods for admixture mapping, methods for genome-wide association analysis, methods for analysis of microarray time course gene expression data, high dimensional regression analysis for genomic data, methods for copy number variation analysis, and methods for analysis of next generation sequence data. He has extensively published in both statistical methodological research in top statistics/biostatistics journals (JASA, AOS, AOAS, Biometrika, Biometrics, Biostatistics etc) and in top genetics journals (AJHG, Plos Genetics, etc) and collaborative research in top scientific journals (Science, NEJM, Nature, Nature Genetics, PNAS, Developmental Cell etc).


Mark Girolami is an academic statistician who was elected to the Sir Kirby Laing Professorship of Civil Engineering (1965) within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he also holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Data Centric Engineering. He was one of the original founding Executive Directors of the Alan Turing Institute – the UK’s national institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence – after which he was appointed as Strategic Programme Director at Turing, where he established and continues to lead the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Programme on Data Centric Engineering. An internationally leading researcher in statistical sciences, Professor Girolami has had a broad career including 10 years as an engineer at IBM. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of “Statistics and Computing” and the new open access journal “Data Centric Engineering”. The research of Professor Girolami lies at the intersection of the statistical, mathematical, and computing sciences, where he has made contributions to the development of Bayesian statistics, machine learning and applications in the engineering and natural sciences.


Janice Scealy is a senior lecturer of statistics at the Australian National University and a 2018 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow. She was awarded a prominent research recognition – the Moran Medal in 2021 by the Australian Academy of Science for her substantial contributions to statistical science. Her research interests include: compositional data analysis; directional statistics, shape analysis and statistics for manifold valued data; robust statistics; model selection in linear mixed models; analysis of sample survey data; geostatistics; and analysis of spatial data.  Her work has been funded by multiple Australian Research Council programs. She has published in leading academic journals including Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, Statistics and Computing, and Statistical Science. She is currently a chief investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project entitled A New Generation of Palaeomagnetic Statistics.


van duijnCornelia van Duijn is a Professor of epidemiology at Nuffield Department of Population Health and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Her research within the Oxford Big Data Institute focuses on large-scale –omics studies of neurodegenerative disorders. She also studies systemic vascular, endocrine and gastrointestinal pathology that is relevant for brain and ocular function. Her current research portfolio includes cross-omics research integrating (epi)genetic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic and microbiome data of epidemiological cohorts with state of the art brain imaging and cellular model systems. Over the  years,  she has been a leading figure in  several  international consortia  including  ENGAGE, CHARGE ,  IGAP,  ADSP  and  IGGC . At present, she is the leader of two major consortia: the Horizon2020 CoSTREAM consortium aiming to understand the link between stroke and Alzheimer disease and the MEMORABEL Gut-Brain consortium aiming to unravel the role of the gut microbiome in Alzheimer disease and brain pathology. She further leads the human proteomics and metabolomics discovery research in the Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) ADAPTED program, which aims to identify new Alzheimer medicines through understanding the function of the APOE gene.


Invited speakers

Linda Chaba, Strathmore University, Kenya

Ian Dryden, University of Nottingham, UK

Said el Bouhaddani, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands

Thomas Hamelryck, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Peter Jupp, University of St Andrews, UK

John Kent, University of Leeds, UK

Lucija Klarić, University of Edinburgh, UK


More speakers will be added in due course.