Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce the 2 keynote speakers for the 2020 conference, Professor Deborah Ashby and Simon Singh MBE.


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Professor Deborah Ashby is Director of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London where she holds the Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials and was Founding Co-Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit. She is currently President of the Royal Statistical Society. She has sat on the UK Commission on Human Medicines and acts as an adviser to the European Medicines Agency. Deborah was awarded the OBE for services to medicine in 2009, appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010, and elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012. Deborah’s talk will pay tribute to Florence Nightingale, as 2020 has been deemed the Year of the Nurse, in honour of the bicentenary of her birth and she was the first female member of the RSS as well as one of the world’s most prominent statisticians.


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Simon Singh MBE is an author, scientist and TV journalist. After completing a PhD in particle physics, Simon joined the BBC and worked as a director and producer on programmes such as Tomorrow’s World​ and ​Horizon​. He has also presented programmes on Radio 4, BBC4 and Channel 4. He is best known as the author of ​Fermat’s Last Theorem​, ​The Code Book​, ​Big Bang,​ ​Trick or Treatment?​ and​ The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets​. Simon will talk about his most recent book, “The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets”, which reveals how the world’s most successful TV show is full of mathematics, ranging from Euler’s identity to Fermat’s last theorem, from Mersenne primes to infinity.

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