Interested in Speaking?

Do you have recent research, salty business tips, or an inspiring float story that you want to share with the Float Industry? Let us know what you are interested in speaking about!

Because we have a limited amount of stage time, some applicants will be asked to present during Activity times and/or to be included in the attendee’s choice vote. Applications will be accepted until May 31.

2020 Speakers

Dr. Roy Vore

Board Member, Microbiologist, and Recreational Water Illness Expert
Also Guest Instructor for the CPO Training

Dr. Roy Vore is the senior consultant with Vore & Associates LLC, a consulting company specializing in aquatic facility management, operator training, and risk management. He is internationally recognized as the pool and spa sector’s leading authority on recreational water illness. Since 1991 he has been the aquatics industry’s voice, translating the complexity of microbiology into the everyday language of operators. His efforts include drafting portions of the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code, writing the NSPF’s recreational water illness manual, and a variety of fact sheets on microbial issues for APSP. Dr. Vore has over 90 scholarly papers and presentations on the selection and use of industrial biocides, biocide testing methodology, the microbiological of swimming pools and spas, and the governmental regulation of biocides. Roy became interested in floating due to the unique physiology of float tanks and the potential for non-pharmaceutical treatments for our overly stressed society. Roy’s hobbies include making beer and bird watching – which usually includes drinking the beer.

James Nestor

Author and Avid Floater

James Nestor is a science-adventure journalist and frequent Float Conference presenter who has written for Scientific American, Outside Magazine, The New York Times, and more. He is the author of DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (2014) and Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art (May 2020). He has presented talks at the 2014 and 2015 on the effects of water on the human body, and in 2018 about the art and science of breathing.

M. C. Flux

Ph.D. Student Researcher with the Float Clinic and Research Center

Flux has been doing research science for over a decade in about a dozen different labs on topics ranging from biotechnology to mental health. From roots firmly planted in cell and molecular biology, Flux has a B.S. in Biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, an M.S. in Neuroscience from NYU focusing on primate visual perception, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder looking at the mental health effects of social identity formation, and is currently working on a double PhD in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder where his work lies at the intersection of molecular biology, neuroscience, and mental health. His dissertation work primarily focuses on the effects of Floatation REST on anxiety and the immune system, along with several other projects exploring biomarkers of stress in other novel therapeutics and their connection to changes in mental health. He is a graduate student therapist at the Sutherland Bipolar Center, and has previous clinical experience working with underserved populations in the Boulder area. Flux is also very passionate about science communication, and has extensive experience as a graphic designer, which he applies to his presentations and educational illustrations.

Tom Fine

Board Emeritus | One of the original float researchers

Thomas H Fine is a pioneer in the research of Floatation REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy). In 1978 he established, along with John Turner, the Floatation REST research program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Ohio), where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Over a twenty year period, Tom and John published numerous papers and edited several books on the physical and mental effects of floatation therapy. Their work focused on psychophysiological and endocrine changes associated with repeated use of a Floatation Tank, and the effects of floating on various stress related disorders. Tom is currently beginning a collaboration with Justin Feinstein at LIBR examining changes in Heart Rate Variability that occur during the Floatation Tank experience.

Ashkahn Jahromi

Co-Founder of Float On, Float Tank Solutions, & Float Helm | Float Conference Board Member
Also Speaking at the Start a Center Workshop

Ashkahn is one of the founders of Float On, a six tank center in Portland, Oregon that opened its doors in 2010. Since then his life has been one salty adventure after another. After years of running a center, hosting a podcast, working on software, and taking road trips around the country, Ashkahn is happy to finally reveal his master plan: to build a dome over the Pacific Ocean and turn it into a float tank large enough to float the entire human population.

When you see him at the conference you should give him a high-five.

Graham Talley

Co-Founder of Float On, Float Tank Solutions, & Float Helm | Float Conference Board Member
Also Speaking at the Start a Center Workshop

Graham is one of the founders of Float On, a six tank center in Portland, Oregon that opened its doors in 2010. Somewhere between then and now, Float On (with Graham firmly in tow) got itself tangled up in pretty much every aspect of the floatation world – from software and consulting to book publishing and music recording. Outside of his salty endeavors, Graham has a broad range of interests that include experimental theater, philosophical debates, complex systems design, and board games.

Jake Marty

Co-Founder of Float On, Float Tank Solutions, & Float Helm
CPO Instructor and Speaking at the Start a Center Workshop

Jake Marty, another one of the Float On owners, will be speaking at the Start a Center Workshop. He will be sharing experiences from the last several years where he spent countless days (and nights) fighting the good fight against salt damage and defending against rogue sound waves trying to sneak into beautiful, peaceful float rooms.

Jake will also be conducting the PHTA Certified Pool/Spa Operator training course taking place on the Wednesday prior to the Float Conference.

Whichever city Jake is in, he can often be found atop the nearest mountain anticipating the sunrise.

Stephen Johnson

Master of Conference Shenanigans

Through professional athletics and performance, to a decades long practice of meditation, yoga, scientific/philosophical/poetic immersion. Retiring from a 30+ year career as a Psychiatric RN, researcher, educator, therapist and Anatomist. Continuing a private practice of an increasingly simple but deepening somato/spiritual nature. Developing into a ‘Float Contemplative’ in which suspension and immersion dynamics inform a growing intertwinement of science and spirit. Hopefully thinking, moving, communicating from a more interconnected sensibility.

Stephen will serve as the MC for the 2019 Float Conference.

More Speakers to be Announced

Check back in as we continue to add speakers to this year’s line up!