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.

2019 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering to be held on 29 October

The awards ceremony for the 2019 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering will be held at Goverment House on Tuesday 29 October. The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW will attend, in the presence of the event's Patron, Her Excellency the Hon. Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW. NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte will act as MC.

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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 »

Innovative Agricultural Robots Inspiring Students and Helping Farmers

Following a pilot launch in October 2018 that saw Digital Farmhand robots introduced to high schools in Orange, Dubbo and Junee, the $1.3 million Ag Robotics STEM Program is now being rolled out across NSW. Full Story »

Nominations for the 2019 Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering are Now Open

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