Chief Scientist & Engineer

$1.3 million Ag Robotics STEM Program launched

Ten regional high schools will participate in a new program which is teaching students how to code and operate Farmhand robots. Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair launched the program at Orange's Canobolas Rural Technology High School. More info »

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte

About the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer consults widely with academia, industry and government to ensure scientific knowledge and research can be adapted and used to benefit NSW.

The appointment of world-renowned robotics expert Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte (right) as the new NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer was announced on Monday 28 May 2018, by Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Professor Durrant-Whyte, who was previously Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Ministry of Defence, commenced on 3 September.

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Highlighted Events

2019 Breakfast Seminar Series

This year's Science & Research Breakfast Seminar series commences on 27 February, when the 2018 NSW Scientist of the Year, Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC, presents 'Uncovering the Secrets of Serious Gut Disorders'. Tickets are available here.

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer is now on Twitter

The Office will now issue regular updates on events, grant rounds, science outreach activities and more on Twitter. Follow us here »

2019 Conference Sponsorship Program Now Closed

The application window has now closed for grants to support research conferences held in NSW between January and December 2019. Applications for the 2020 Program will open in October 2019. Information about the program may be found here »

Latest news

New Physical Sciences Fund to Fast-Track NSW Tech Innovations

The NSW Government has committed $5 million in funding to a program supporting the development and commercialisation of promising new NSW technologies. Full Story »

NSW to Lead Nation in Synthetic Biology Research

Research into new technologies that could pioneer breakthroughs in the biomedical and agriculture sectors has received a significant boost, with the NSW Government investing $2.5 million to support the establishment of a synthetic biology ‘Biofoundry’ at Macquarie University. Full Story »

Bottled Water Initial Report Released

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer’s Initial Report on the Independent Review of the Impacts of the Bottled Water Industry on Groundwater Resources in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW has been released. Full Story »

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