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 was previously Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Ministry of Defence, commenced on 3 September.

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Highlighted Events

Final 2019 Seminar: Light, Sound and the Magic of the Fourier Transform on 3 December

Professor Geordie Williams, Director of the Mathematical Research Institute at The University of Sydney, explains why musical instruments sound different and what music would look like if we could see it. Tickets are available here.

The 2019 seminar calendar can be found here.

2020 Conference Sponsorship Program Now Open

The NSW Government, through the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, offers grants to support research conferences held in New South Wales. The current round of the Conference Sponsorship Program is open to individuals or organisations hosting a research conference in NSW during 2020. Successful applicants are awarded funding of up to $10,000 each, depending on the overall quantity and quality of grant applications received. Applications close 15 November 2019. More information can be found here.


Regular updates on grants, reviews, events and other Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer activities can be found here.

Latest news

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Pioneering chemical engineer Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC from UNSW Sydney was named 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year at Government House tonight. Full Story »

New Network to Deliver More Jobs, Less Waste

More jobs and less waste will be the key outcomes of a new Circular Economy Innovation Network launched today by the NSW Government. Full Story »

2019/20 Supporting Young Scientists Program Now Open

The 2019/20 Supporting Young Scientists Program offers grants to NSW high school students participating in competitions, events or courses, either domestically or internationally, which offer the potential for significant educational advancement in an area related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Full Story »

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