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 2018.

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Highlighted Events

Successful Physical Sciences Fund Grand Recipients Announced Tonight

The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Honourable Rob Stokes MP, will tonight congratulate the applicants who have been successful in receiving funding in the inaugural Physical Sciences Fund. More information on the Fund can be found here.

2020 Conference Sponsorship Program Closed

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 have now closed and successful applicants will be notified before the end of 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.

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