Keynote Speakers

PhUSE are pleased to welcome three inspirational keynote speakers to the PhUSE Annual Conference in Vienna.

Alex Flynn

Previously a Lawyer, after being diagnosed with the degenerative disease Parkinson's in 2008, Alex Flynn set himself a '10MillionMetres' challenge. He completed the gruelling Marathon des Sables (250km race across the Sahara Desert), ran in excess of 135 miles across  the Bavarian Alps and ran from London to Rome in 30 days to meet the Pope.

On completion of the challenge, Alex had travelled 6,200 miles around the world, running, cycling, swimming and walking, encompassing some of the world's more interesting and dangerous races, to raise more than £1 million for Parkinson's research. For more information of Alex's achievements click here.


John Sall

John Sall is co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS, leading the development of JMP, serving scientists and engineers with an easy-to-use graphically interactive statistical software. John is a fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

John will address the topic of Big Data at PhUSE 2015 - When Big Data is wide data, there are too many things to look at, so we need to look at it in new ways. When we screen for just big effects, we need to adjust for selection bias. When we graph p-values, all the good ones bunch together near zero. With tall data, everything is significant, but many effects are too small to care about. When there are holes and bumps all over our data, we need something automatic to adapt to them. All this needs to be resolved in a Big Statistics analytical work flow.



Simon Weston

Simon Weston headed out to the Falklands War in 1982 unknown, and returned following the bombing of the Sir Galahad recognised by the world, not for the 46% burns he endured, but for the optimism he radiates. Simon's message is one of single-minded determination to not only accept what is but to turn that to your advantage, his own career demonstrating how a positive mental attitude can achieve great business goals.

Following the Falklands, Simon established 'The Weston Spirit', a Liverpool-based young people's charity, and remains a tireless worker for the Royal British Legion and the Royal Star and Garter Home, supporting members of the Armed Forces. Following Simon's charitable work, he received an OBE from the Queen in 1992.

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