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

$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 »

NSW Circular Caps Off Successful First Year with Appointment of Circular Economy and Zero-Carbon Expert Lisa McLean as CEO

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Call for Nominations Now Open for 2020 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering

The NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering recognise research excellence and reward our best and brightest for cutting-edge work that has generated economic, environmental, health, social and technological benefits for New South Wales. Full Story »

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