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Taskforce recommends NSW Government take steps to shore up energy security before summer

22 May 2017

 The Taskforce, chaired by Chief Scientist & Engineer Mary O'Kane, found there are emerging risks that require prudent and proactive planning by Government. Full Story »

New taskforce to consult widely on energy security matters

7 Mar 2017

 Community and industry input will be sought as the Taskforce examines the resilience of New South Wales’ energy system. Full Story »

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer to head up new Energy Security Taskforce

22 Feb 2017

source: www.nsw.gov.au It will look at better ways to manage extreme weather impacts on energy security, including readiness, planning, preparation and response capability. Full Story »

Dozens of community events to explore wonders of science

30 Nov 2016

 Families across New South Wales will be wowed by the wonders of science in a diverse range of community-led events in 2017. Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer to provide advice on human health risk assessment for Lord Howe Island rodent eradication program

2 Nov 2016

 The HHRA will be undertaken before the eradication program is rolled out. Full Story »

NSW scoops pool at PM's Prizes for Science

20 Oct 2016

 The State's best and brightest have been recognised with Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching. Full Story »

Toad-fighting scientist Shines at Premier’s Prizes

14 Oct 2016

 University of Sydney ecologist Rick Shine AM has been named the 2016 NSW Scientist of the Year. Full Story »

Four NSW ARC Centres of Excellence announced

29 Sep 2016

 The NSW Government will invest $4 million in the prestigious research hubs to be based at UNSW and the University of Wollongong. Full Story »

NSW Government launches $950,000 Smart Sensing Network to tackle some of society’s biggest problems

29 Sep 2016

 The NSW Smart Sensing Network will bring together experts in chemistry, physics, nanotechnology and ICT to craft cutting-edge solutions to problems in agriculture, the environment, healthcare, minerals and resources, and transport. Full Story »

New South Wales celebrates National Science Week

29 Sep 2016

 There are hundreds of events to celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics across NSW. Full Story »

Australia-Israel collaboration achieves first nanophotonic topological system

3 May 2016

 The research findings are a key advance towards the development of robust optical circuits that have the potential of enabling large-scale optical integration and quantum information processing. Full Story »

Regional Hubs to bring science and technology to life in NSW communities

3 May 2016

 Inspiring Australia has awarded more than $80,000 to nine Hubs to raise awareness about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Full Story »

Australia’s first cellular genomic research facility

20 Apr 2016

 The NSW Government will contribute $5 million towards the new Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics in Sydney. Full Story »

Williamtown Contamination Expert Panel welcomes voluntary Hunter River prawning ban

26 Nov 2015

 The indefinite self-imposed ban on trawlers comes after elevated levels of PFOS were found in prawns. Full Story »

Sydney's best engineers celebrated

10 Nov 2015

 Arup took out the top gong, the Bradfield Award, at Engineers Australia's 2015 NSW Showcase Dinner -- in recognition of its outstanding achievement in Engineering Excellence in NSW. Full Story »

Update from the Williamtown Contamination Expert Panel

4 Nov 2015

 Panel members discussed a wide range of issues, including sampling and timing matters, at their ninth meeting. Full Story »

Expert Panel recommends further eight-month ban on fishing while human health risk assessment undertaken

27 Oct 2015

 The proposed ban on commercial and recreational fishing in the designated area is recommended to remain in place until 30 June 2016. Full Story »

Statement from the Williamtown Contamination Expert Panel

23 Oct 2015

 The Panel continues to examine issues relating to the toxic leak at the local RAAF base. Full Story »

$7 million funding for vital research infrastructure in NSW

23 Oct 2015

 The injection will bolster the State's R&D sector, which is a key driver of innovation in the local economy Full Story »

Newcastle engineer awarded Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation

22 Oct 2015

 Professor Graeme Jameson's mineral-processing technology has revolutionised the mining industry worldwide, and added billions in export dollars to the Australian economy. Full Story »

Hunter geotechnical engineer awarded top gong at inaugural Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering

7 Oct 2015

 Laureate Professor Scott Sloan from the University of Newcastle has been named 2015 NSW Scientist of the Year. Full Story »

Expert Panel recommends oyster ban end, further fish testing

2 Oct 2015

 Oysters pose no food safety risk; however, early test results reveal some fish species contain PFOS at levels which cause some concern. Full Story »

New Prizes to honour State's best scientists and engineers

13 Aug 2015

 The NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering reflect the Government's strong enthusiasm and support for the state's R&D community. Full Story »

Galaxy of events across New South Wales for National Science Week

13 Aug 2015

 Now in its 19th year, the annual celebration of science and technology runs from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 August 2015. Full Story »

UNSW wins back-to-back RoboCup world championships

7 Aug 2015

Sourced: UNSW Australia The competition involves fully-autonomous robots competing against each other in 5-on-5 soccer. Full Story »

It's National ICT Careers Week

29 Jul 2015

 The Week comprises many activities and events to encourage young people to study after their schooling, and consider a career in the exciting field. Full Story »

A smorgasbord of science at inaugural Sydney Science Festival

23 Jul 2015

 The line-up for the inaugural festival in 2015 is astronomical! Full Story »

Sax Institute launches inaugural Research Action Awards

22 Jul 2015

 The Awards recognise research that has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery. Full Story »

Lots on in Sydney for Australian Engineering Week

10 Jul 2015

 AEW celebrates the important contribution engineers make to our daily lives. Full Story »

NSW leads the way in EA’s list of Top 100 Most Influential Engineers

8 Jul 2015

 Four-in-10 of the country's leading engineers are based here. Full Story »

Commonwealth announces next round of Australia-China Joint Research Centres

3 Jul 2015

 It's expected six new centres will be supported from the Australia-China Science and Research Fund. Full Story »

Nominations open for ATSE's Batterham Medal for early career research

29 Jun 2015

 The award will be presented to a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for their work in the past five years. Full Story »

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer congratulates winners of ATSE Clunies Ross Awards

9 Jun 2015

 Three leading NSW scientists were honoured at the gala awards dinner in May. Full Story »

Engineers Australia College and Technical Society Awards now open

9 Jun 2015

 Nominations are now being sought in a range of categories. Full Story »

Geoscience Australia launches competition for Rock Star photographers

11 May 2015

 Entries are now open in three competition categories. The competition closes on 1 September 2015. Full Story »

Former NSW Governor, leading researchers honoured by Royal Society of NSW

8 May 2015

 Professor The Hon. Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO and three other leading NSW researchers have been presented Society medals. Full Story »

Funding boost for community-driven science engagement

7 May 2015

 Science activities and events coming to a town near you! Full Story »

University of Newcastle professor elected to prestigious Royal Society

7 May 2015

 Geotechnical engineer Scott Sloan pioneered new methods to predict the ultimate limit states of geostructures such as tunnels, dams, highways and foundations. Full Story »

Leading Australian psycholinguist named Fellow of Royal Society

4 May 2015

 Professor Anne Cutler, from the MARCS Institute at the University of Western Sydney, was among 57 outstanding scientists elected to the Fellowship. Full Story »

NSW Regional Science Grants program now open

16 Mar 2015

 Funding of up to $10,000 is available for science outreach activities across New South Wales. Full Story »

Grants offered for science, engineering students entering research competitions

11 Mar 2015

 NSW university teams can seek funding to attend STEM competitions here and abroad. Full Story »

AusSMC launches new interactive website for breaking science news

5 Mar 2015

 Scimex portal will be a valuable tool for journalists and scientists across Australia and New Zealand. Full Story »

Conference Sponsorship Round opens

10 Feb 2015

 Grants of up to $10,000 are available for research conferences to be held in NSW. Full Story »

NSW Medical Devices Fund applications open

15 Dec 2014

 The Health Minister is encouraging innovators to apply for grants to develop groundbreaking medical technologies. Full Story »

State’s leading scientists, engineers honoured at prestigious awards

20 Oct 2014

 Macquarie University's Professor Mark Westoby named Scientist of the Year at 2014 NSW Science & Engineering Awards Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer releases final report from Independent CSG Review

30 Sep 2014

 The report presents the findings of Professor Mary O'Kane's independent Review, as well as 16 recommendations to Government. Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer delivers Chaikin Oration

25 Sep 2014

 Mary O'Kane suggests we are focusing in least in part on the wrong issues when seeking to redress Australia's productivity growth problem. Full Story »

NSW Government signs historic agreement with prestigious Japanese research institute

17 Sep 2014

 The Memorandum of Understanding will enable greater collaboration between NSW universities and Japan's National Institute for Materials Science. Full Story »

Saving the Tassie Devil from Extinction

20 Aug 2014

 Professor Kathy Belov spoke about her research into Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a rare contagious cancer, at the recent Science & Research Breakfast Seminar, hosted by the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer. Full Story »

Hundreds of NSW events to inspire next generation of scientists: National Science Week

14 Aug 2014

 The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer hopes the annual celebration will excite a new generation to get involved in science, maths, engineering and research. Full Story »

Advisory Committee on Tunnel Air Quality releases initial report

7 Aug 2014

source: rms.nsw.gov.au The NSW Government's Advisory Committee on Tunnel Air Quality released its 'Initial report on tunnel air quality' on Wednesday 6 August 2014. Full Story »

INVITATION: The strategic importance of Antarctica

6 Aug 2014

Source: Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC acecrc.org.au Full Story »

Global Innovation Index 2014 launched in Sydney

25 Jul 2014

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NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer launches new version of data repository for human communications

2 Jul 2014

 New repository provides on-line access to a wide range of previously disparate data sets. Full Story »

Independent CSG Review recommends comprehensive process to monitor impacts on water

1 Jul 2014

 Data from monitors to be used to reduce the uncertainty associated with the potential impacts of various extractive industries Full Story »

Australian Museum researchers to lead fight against Crown of Thorns Starfish

16 Jun 2014

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Chief Scientist & Engineer releases Catchment cumulative impact study

30 May 2014

 Professor Mary O'Kane has released a report addressing cumulative impacts of activities in the Sydney Water Catchment. Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer calls for tougher insurance regime for CSG industry

30 May 2014

 Professor Mary O'Kane recommends Government strengthen industry requirements, create environmental rehabilitation fund Full Story »

Newcastle engineer recognised with respected prize for global breakthrough in mineral processing

21 May 2014

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Top gong for engineer who oversaw construction of Sydney icon, revolutionised industry

21 May 2014

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Small-scale hydropower under the microscope at Sydney workshop

14 May 2014

 Experts consider suitability of small-scale hydropower projects as energy source, the cost, and possible environmental impacts. Full Story »

Partial Solar Eclipse

29 Apr 2014

 Sydney will see the Moon take a bite out of the Sun in a partial eclipse this afternoon. Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer hosts robust discussion on CSG water

16 Apr 2014

 Professor Mary O’Kane has hosted a technical workshop on coal seam gas water as part of her independent review of the extractive industry in New South Wales. Full Story »

Full lunar eclipse tonight

9 Apr 2014

Lunar eclipse. Source: sydneyobervatory.com.au Overcast skies over much of NSW might obscure the rare spectacle.  Full Story »

The Jameson Cell: How it revolutionised mineral processing

9 Apr 2014

 Graeme Jameson discusses how his invention changed the face of mineral processing. Full Story »

Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards 2014: CALL FOR ENTRIES

24 Feb 2014

 The Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards recognise the contribution engineers make to the community through their innovations, teamwork, ingenuity and creativity. Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer meets with CWA about coal seam gas

17 Feb 2014

 Mary O'Kane spoke about the independent review and took questions on issues of concern. Full Story »

Funding boost to NSW Science Hubs will deliver educational, entertaining events to more regional areas

12 Feb 2014

 The State Government hopes to inspire and foster a love of science by increasing funding for a host of innovative public events in regional and rural New South Wales. Full Story »

Independent CSG review team inspects water catchment 'Special Areas'

5 Feb 2014

Professor Mary O'Kane inspects the Waratah Rivulet, near Woronora Dam, south of Sydney. The NSW Government has extended the terms of reference of the independent CSG review to "specifically examine the cumulative impact of all activities which impact ground and surface water in the catchment". Full Story »

UoW awarded $25 million for ARC Centre of Excellence

18 Dec 2013

 UoW to lead the way in electromaterials science after grant win Full Story »

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer to hear community concerns about CSG during Taree meetings

13 Dec 2013

 Professor Mary O'Kane to meet civic leaders, residents' groups over coal seam gas worries Full Story »

Pilot NSW–Israel research project could revolutionise computing technologies

5 Dec 2013

 The State Government will contribute $300,000 to a highly-promising photonics research project between New South Wales and Israel. Full Story »

Professor Mary O'Kane addresses Smart Services CRC Annual Research and Innovation Conference

4 Dec 2013

 NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer talks innovation at annual Smart Services CRC conference. Full Story »

Best and brightest recognised at 2013 NSW Science and Engineering Awards

1 Nov 2013

 State's top researchers and innovators honoured at Government House reception. Full Story »

Newcastle pioneer in lucrative mineral processing technology named 2013 NSW Scientist of the Year

1 Nov 2013

 Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson takes out top gong at NSW Science and Engineering Awards. Full Story »

NSW researchers awarded Prime Minister's prizes for science

31 Oct 2013

 Associate Professor Angela Moles and Associate Professor Andrea Morello from UNSW were presented two prestigious awards. Full Story »

DNA-sequencing breakthrough could lead to personally-tailored medicine, says leading Australian scientist

24 Oct 2013

Professor John Mattick of the Garvan Institute. Professor John Mattick discusses the future impact of genomics on medicine and healthcare. Full Story »

Engineering awards highlight industry’s creative and innovative excellence

24 Sep 2013

 Best and brightest engineers recognised at 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney. Full Story »

RAAP funding applications now open for CRCs

20 Sep 2013

 NSW Trade & Investment’s Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP) is now offering funding for Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) applying for the Commonwealth Government’s CRC Round 16 program. Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer opens state-of-the-art robotics lab at UNSW

16 Sep 2013

 Australasia's first cross-disciplinary robotics lab opens in Sydney. Full Story »

Professor John Mattick to deliver next Science & Research Breakfast Seminar: 'The impact of genomics on medicine and healthcare'

14 Aug 2013

 Personalised medicine, where an individual’s genetic makeup would be used by doctors to tailor a health optimisation program for them, is on the horizon, a leading Australian scientist, Professor John Mattick, says. Full Story »

NSW Science & Engineering Awards 2013 to recognise and reward state’s best researchers

8 Aug 2013

 Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane, calls for nominations for the NSW Science & Engineering Awards 2013. Full Story »

Entertaining and educational: 300 NSW events to celebrate National Science Week

8 Aug 2013

 NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane, encourages everyone to get involved in National Science Week celebrations. Full Story »

Pioneering cancer researchers win Premier's 'Big Data, Big Impact' grant

6 Aug 2013

 UNSW team wins Premier's cancer research prize for first data-based genome study. Full Story »

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer releases initial report from independent review of coal seam gas activities

30 Jul 2013

 NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane, releases initial report following her independent review of the state's coal seam gas activities. Full Story »

Transforming research into solutions: The $500million initiative to tackle obesity

24 Jul 2013

 Professor Steve Simpson discusses the role of the new $500m Charles Perkins Centre in the fight against obesity. Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer meets Liverpool Plains landholders ahead of initial CSG report

24 Jul 2013

 Independent CSG Review Team visits Liverpool Plains Full Story »

Independent reviewer of CSG activities inspects Santos' Pilliga sites

11 Jul 2013

Professor O'Kane inspects Santos rehabilitation site in the Pilliga Forest, near Narrabri. Chief Scientist & Engineer to inspect Santos' sites in Pilliga Forest as CSG review continues Full Story »

Chief Scientist & Engineer visits Macarthur region as independent CSG review continues

2 Jul 2013

Professor Mary O'Kane inspects an AGL Camden Gas Project site at Spring Farm. NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane, has visited Sydney's Macarthur region as part of her independent review of the state's coal seam gas activities. Full Story »

NSW researchers receive $27 million boost from ARC Linkage Grants

28 Jun 2013

 NSW researchers receive $27million in funding from ARC Linkage Grants Full Story »

Professor Stephen Simpson to speak at Science & Research Breakfast Seminar

20 Jun 2013

 Professor Steve Simpson will be the guest speaker at the Science & Research Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday 24 July 2013. Full Story »

NSW research and development receives $13 million funding boost

18 Jun 2013

 The NSW Government has committed $13 million in funding to bolster the state's research and development capacity. Full Story »

NSW whiz kids break Australia’s medal drought at Physics Olympiad

29 May 2013

 Three New South Wales schoolboys have broken Australia’s medal drought at the highly-competitive Asian Physics Olympiad in Indonesia. Full Story »

Hugh Durrant-Whyte talks 'Big Data' at Science & Research breakfast seminar

17 May 2013

 As part of the popular breakfast seminar series, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte spoke about 'Big Data' -- focussing on the major advancements taking place in data fusion and analytics, which will fundamentally change the way we understand and manage our world. Full Story »

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer congratulates Sydney-based optical fibre pioneers on Clunies Ross Award

15 May 2013

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane, with 2013 Clunies Ross Award recipients, Dr Simon Poole and Dr Steven Frisken. Two Sydney businessmen, whose breakthrough optical fibre technology helped shaped the internet globally, have received a top gong for innovation. Full Story »

Professor Stephen Simpson to speak at next Science & Research breakfast seminar

10 May 2013

 Professor Stephen Simpson, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre will speak on “Tackling Obesity: Transforming Research into Solutions” at the next breakfast seminar on 24 July. Full Story »

More than 200 public submissions received for CSG review

8 May 2013

 The NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer thanks the community for the more than 200 submissions to the independent review of the state’s coal seam gas (CSG) activities. Full Story »

Call for Public Submissions CSG Review

22 Mar 2013

 The Chief Scientist & Engineer is welcoming public submissions into the review to help inform the development of an initial report to the Premier by July 2013. Full Story »

NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer to review CSG activities in NSW

19 Feb 2013

 On 19 February 2013 the NSW Premier announced that he has requested the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer to conduct an independent review of all coal seam gas (CSG) activities in NSW, with a focus on the impacts of these activities on human health and the environment. Full Story »

Sydney Uni Tassie Devil research in the NY Times

4 Feb 2013

 Professor Katherine Belov from Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, talks to the New York Times about the groundbreaking research underway to save the Tasmanian Devil from the terrible cancer which is ravaging the population. Full Story »

ecomagination Challenge

1 Nov 2012

 NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane says the ecomagination Challenge is a unique opportunity for individuals and businesses to develop innovative ideas for reducing carbon emissions and win a prestigious award. Full Story »

Eureka Science Awards

28 Aug 2012

2012 Eureka awards Professor Mary O'Kane and Geoff McNamara The NSW Government once again supported this year’s Eureka Science Awards, an annual celebration recognising scientific achievement across Australia. Full Story »