Chief Scientist & Engineer

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 is currently Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Ministry of Defence, will commence on 3 September.

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Highlighted Events

Next Science & Research Breakfast Seminar: 10 October

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer hosts regular breakfast seminars to showcase the state's best and brightest. On 10 October, Associate Professor Muireann Irish, School of Psychology, the University of Sydney, presents Memory in Dementia - Past, Present and Future. Book your tickets here »

To view previous Seminars click here »

2018 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering: Nominations Closed

The Premier's Prizes recognise and reward researchers whose cutting-edge work has generated economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits for NSW. The Prizes will be announced at Government House on Tuesday, 30 October 2018. More here »


Part of National Science Week 2018, this city-wide celebration of science is on from August 7-19, allowing people of all ages to watch (and participate in) science and technology at work, in a series of fun, creative displays and exhibitions. Highlights and full details of this year's line-up of events can be found here »

Latest news

Illawarra Grammar Student First in State to Receive New Young Scientists Grant

Illawarra Grammar School student and young inventor, Macinley Butson (17), has been named the first high school student in the State to receive a grant from the NSW Government’s new Supporting Young Scientists Program. Full Story »

New NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer appointed

The NSW Government has appointed world-renowned robotics expert Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte the next NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer. Full Story »

National call for new technology ideas to support action on NSW water reforms

The NSW Government is inviting industry, researchers and academics to apply for a share of $500,000 in funding for new technology solutions to support best practice management and monitoring of water in NSW. Full Story »

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