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

19 August Breakfast Seminar - Senior Professor Ross Bradstock presents The Science of Bushfire Risk

An update will be made in late July on whether this seminar can be held at Parliament House. The seminar will also be presented via live stream. The live-stream link can be found here.

The 2020 NSW Science & Research Breakfast Calendar can be found here.

Successful Physical Sciences Fund Grand Recipients Announced

The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Honourable Rob Stokes MP, has congratulated the applicants who have been successful in receiving funding in the inaugural Physical Sciences Fund. More information on the Fund 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

Professor Ross Bradstock's 19 August Seminar Live Stream Only

Due to ongoing COVID-19 social-distancing requirements, Parliament House remains closed. This seminar will be live stream only. Full Story »

Science Week In NSW Goes Online

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, National Science Week takes an innovative twist this year, delivering a wide range of online events from 15-23 August 2020. Full Story »

$1.5 Million for World-First Quantum Science and Technology Research Projects

Two cutting-edge research projects in the field of quantum science and technology will share in $1.5 million of funding through the Defence Industry Quantum Research Consortium, an initiative of the NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN). Full Story »

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