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

Finnish Lessons Breakfast Seminar Video

If 28 November's Sydney storm prevented you from attending Dr Pasi Sahlberg's fascinating seminar on the challenges facing the Australian education system, you can view the video here.

Next year's breakfast seminar series will kick off on 27 February, with a talk from the 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year, pioneering gut health researcher Laureate Professor Nick Talley. Ticket details will be made available in the new year.

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

Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer to Visit Northern Rivers region

As part of the Independent Review of the Impact of the Bottled Water Industry on Groundwater Resources in the Northern Rivers region, members of the Office will conduct consultation sessions with stakeholders on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 January 2019. Full Story »

Coding Skills Put NSW Students Ahead of Pack

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has presented awards to NSW high school students who successfully participated in the 2018 Premier’s Coding Challenge, a pilot program preparing students for the jobs of the future by giving them hands-on experience in the basics of computer programming. Full Story »

Northern Rivers Bottled Water Under Review

Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair has today announced an independent review into the impacts of the bottled water industry on groundwater sources in the Northern Rivers. Full Story »

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