Chief Scientist & Engineer

Supporting Young Scientists Program

If you're a NSW high school student looking to participate in a domestic or overseas STEM-related competition, event or course, our program offers funding to eligible individuals or teams. A team of NSW students recently competed at ISEF in Phoenix, Arizona and told us about the experience upon their return. More info »

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

Next Breakfast Seminar: The Co-Evolution of AI and Humanity on 16 October

Liesl Yearsley, CEO and co-founder of artificial intelligence company a·kin, looks at the evolution of AI, what is coming next and the opportunity Australia has, if it moves fast enough. Tickets are available here.
If you missed Dr Cathy Foley's seminar, Future Science 2040, the video can be viewed 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.


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

Latest news

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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Laureate Professor Scott Sloan AO 1954 - 2019

Laureate Professor Scott Sloan AO, FRS FREng FAA FTSE has died aged 64. Full Story »

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