Michael RussellThe Michael Russell Oration is an annual event, delivered to honour the work and memory of Professor Michael Russell, one of the pioneers in the study of smoking behaviour, clinical interventions and public policy action, who died in 2009. A psychiatrist and research scientist, he was a pioneer in the study of tobacco dependence and the development of treatments to help smokers quit. The enduring impact of his work places him among the foremost clinical public health scientists of the twentieth century. Read More

Each year the oration is delivered by a leading researcher, practitioner or commentator in the field of nicotine use.

The 2017 Oration will be delivered by Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance.

Previous orators:


Professor Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary College, University of London (watch MRO 2014)


Professor Derek Yach, former head of development for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Global Strategy on Diet and Physical Activity, and currently lead for the Vitality Group, South Africa (watch MRO 2016)


Professor Marewa Glover, Massey University, School of Public Health, New Zealand (watch MRO 2016)