Chief Scientist & Engineer

Final Report Published

Professor Mary O'Kane published the Final Report from her Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in New South Wales in September 2014. It followed a 19-month examination of human health and environmental impacts. More info »

Professor Mary O'Kane

About the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer

Professor O'Kane consults widely with academia, industry and government to ensure scientific knowledge and research can be adapted and used to benefit NSW.

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Highlighted Events

NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering

The Prizes recognise and reward researchers whose cutting-edge work has generated economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits for NSW. Read more »

Australian Engineering Week

Australian Engineering Week (AEW) is a chance to celebrate the engineering achievements and profession around the country. Read more »

National Science Week

National Science Week is an annual celebration of science in Australia and an opportunity to join together to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of science. Read more »

Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series

The Chief Scientist & Engineer hosts regular seminars to showcase the state's best and brightest, and highlight areas of research strength in NSW. Read more »

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Latest news

High hopes for hemp seed solution to firefighting foam contamination

University of Newcastle researchers believe hemp seed might provide a real solution to the Williamtown contamination crisis. Full Story »

NSW Government backs UNSW with $8.7 million for Quantum Computing

The funding will ensure NSW remains a global leader in the race to develop a silicon-based quantum computer. Full Story »

Bumper program of National Science Week events to inspire families about wonders of STEM

There will be 2000 fun, family-friendly events across Australia, almost 600 of those right here in NSW. Full Story »

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