Now in its 24th year, the conference has a focus on current statistical issues and fosters the exchange of ideas and information. Plenary speakers in 2016 will include Christl Donnelly (Imperial College London), Anne Glover (former Chief Scientific Adviser, European Commission) and Xiao-Li Meng (Harvard University). This annual conference regularly attracts over 450 participants from all over the world, ranging from senior academic statisticians through to new graduates and postgraduate students. The host city is 2016 European City of Science.