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

2019 NSW Scientist of the Year to deliver first Science & Research Breakfast Seminar

Scientia Professor Rose Amal from UNSW Sydney will deliver 2020's first breakfast seminar on 26 February - Harnessing Solar Energy To Power Our Planet. Tickets are available 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

NSW Research Sector Receives $8 Million Infrastructure Boost

The state’s research sector will benefit from an $8 million funding boost to cutting-edge research and development facilities through the NSW Government’s Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP). Full Story »

$5 Million for Innovative Technologies

The creators of five NSW technologies will share in $5 million from the NSW Government to bring their industry-changing ideas to market, thanks to the NSW Physical Sciences Fund. Full Story »

NSW Northern Rivers Bottled Water Final Report Released

The Final Report from the Independent Review of the Impacts of the Bottled Water Industry on the Groundwater Resources in the Northern Rivers region of NSW has been released. Full Story »

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