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

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 »

Newcastle Researcher Named NSW Scientist of the Year

Distinguished neurogastroenterologist Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC from the University of Newcastle has been named NSW Scientist of the Year. Full Story »

Robots Put to Work in Rural Schools

Regional NSW students are learning how to program and operate Digital Farmhand Robots in a new program aimed at closing the digital divide between the city and the bush. Full Story »

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