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: 28 November

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer hosts regular breakfast seminars to showcase the state's best and brightest. On 28 November, Dr Pasi Sahlberg from the Gonski Institute for Education presents Finnish Lessons: Increasing Equity and Opportunity in Australia's Education System Through Research. Book your tickets here »

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2018 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering: 30 October

The Premier's Prizes recognise and reward researchers and educators 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 »

Latest news

Coding Challenge Gives Students a Head Start

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has launched a new program which will set NSW high school students up for the jobs of future by giving them hands-on experience in the basics of computer programming. Full Story »

NSW Space Research Part of $6.8 Million Infrastructure Boost

The Acting Chief Scientist & Engineer, Dr Chris Armstrong, has today announced a multi-million dollar funding injection for the state’s strategic research infrastructure, including a significant boost for our space research capabilities. Full Story »

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 »

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