Thursday 26 Nov 2020 | 01:15 | SYDNEY
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Lord May to deliver annual Lowy Lecture today


Sam Roggeveen


19 November 2007 08:28

This evening Lord Robert May, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and Head of the UK Office of Science and Technology, will deliver the annual Lowy Lecture, the highlight of the institute’s calendar. His topic will be relations among nations on a finite planet.

Last Tuesday, we took the opportunity of Lord May’s visit to record a short interview previewing his speech. Before clicking on the clip, a little background: when Lord May arrived for the interview, he whispered that ‘we might have a problem’. Yes, whispered. Lord May had lost his voice. Knowing he had other media commitments, we offered to postpone our interview, but Lord May was both determined and gracious, so we struggled on. The resulting footage, with Lord May getting very close to the camera in a struggle to be heard, is quite compelling.

If you're attending the lecture today, get there early, as it will be a packed house. And yes, Lord May has recovered and should be in full voice.