Moving from Sunflower Tower to Jianguomen
Photo: OSTA Logo
16 January 2017 – The Office of Science and Technology Austria Beijing (OSTA) is moving from Sunflower Tower to the compound of the Austrian Embassy in Jianguomen after five successful years of operations. During the years at Sunflower OSTA received tremendous support from all Chinese, Austrian and EU stakeholders, that enabled as to perform our tasks as smooth as possible. The relocation marks a new beginning and allows OSTA to better use synergies with the core team of the Austrian Embassy, e.g. in hosting its own events such as workshops, seminars and other meetings in the premises of the Embassy.
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Deepening the collaboration with CAS
Photo: Julia Wang, Wu Bin, Philipp Agathonos, Zhong Hua
22 December 2016 – In preparation for the third joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, came in a friendly atmosphere into contact with the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IS CAS) in Peking. Assistant director of IS CAS, Prof. Zhong Hua, expressed strong interest in cooperating with Austrian universities, research institutes and companies in the field of information and communication technologies. In March 2017, an Austrian delegation led by Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) will visit IS CAS during their trip to China for a one-day event including lab visit and science-to-science talks.
Talks about the future cooperation possibilities between CAS and Austria
Photo: CAO Dianwen, Philipp Agathonos
21 Dezember 2016 – In preparation for the Austrian delegation trip in ICT which will be held in March 2017 in close cooperation with CAS, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the CAS headquarter and had an exchange of views with the Deputy Director-General of the Bureau of International Cooperation Mr. CAO Dianwen. Mr. Agathonos handed over to the CAS an official letter by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) with regard to the cooperation beyond 2018 between the CAS and the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency).
The two sides also had a fruitful exchange on their recent and future activities and looked forward to a closer and more frequent communication. Furthermore they also talked about the engagement of the CAS in Chengdu in order to explore opportunities for cooperation between Austria and the CAS in Chengdu.
Fruitful discussion on Sino-Austrian geological and mineral cooperation
Photo: XU Yongqiang, Verena Yu, JIANG Jianjun, GUAN Fengjun, Philipp Agathonos, TANG Yaming, LI Xiaochun
14 December 2016 – In a very friendly atmosphere Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA was warmly welcomed by the director general of the Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, Dr. JIANG Jianjun, and the director general of the Department of Geological Environment of the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) Dr. GUAN Fengjun. Fruitful talks about the Sino-Austrian cooperation possibilities in the area of geology especially in the field of geological hazards prevention and management and mining were held between the MLR including its subordinate institute, the China Geological Survey (CGS), and OSTA. The Ministry of Land and Resources expressed high interest in exchange with Austria not only at the technical level but also at the management level respectively for the decision makers. Both sides are willing to deepen the existing cooperation and to establish a long-term cooperation through signing cooperation agreements.
Next year the director general Dr. GUAN Fengjun would like to lead a delegation visit to Austria to further discuss the cooperation agreements.
Preparing for the upcoming joint call and exploring new cooperation possibilities
Photo: Bao Yungang, Chen Xilin, Julia Wang, Philipp Agathonos
13 December 2016 – In preparation for the third joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, visited the renowned Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICT CAS) in Beijing and had a fruitful exchange with the vice president Prof. Chen Xilin and researchers of the institute. Both sides expressed strong interest in cooperating in the field of information and communication technology. ICT CAS agreed to welcome the Austrian delegation and co-host the Sino-Austrian Roundtable and Science-2-Science talks in March 2017.
Successful start of a new Sino-Austrian research cooperation
Photo: Huang Ningsheng and Emmanuel Glenck
9 December 2016 – The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST) signed their first bilateral agreement in Dongguan today. The two partners agreed to conduct three joint calls for bilateral research projects on the topic of “Smart Cities” in the coming years. FFG is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria. GDST is in charge of bilateral and multilateral S&T cooperation with governments and international organizations. Dr. Emmanuel Glenck, Robert Schwertner (both FFG), Alexander Unkart (BMVIT) and Max Pfeiler (OSTA) came together with director of GDST, Dr. Huang Ningsheng, and further representatives of GDST for the signing ceremony.
Details of the first joint call will be published in 2017.
Discussing how to craft IP innovation policies and laws
Photo: Seminar at Xiamen University
9 December 2016 – Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, participated in the EU-China Innovation Roundtable at Xiamen University. The roundtable aimed at enabling policymakers and academics from the EU and China to share experience about how to craft optimal intellectual property-related innovation policies and laws. More than 40 experts, including representatives from the Chinese government, European Commission, EU Member States and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, as well as European and Chinese academics, attended the event, organized within the framework the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation between the EU and China on Intellectual Property (IP Key).
The European Commission announced its intention to ensure a smooth transition between the end of the current IP Key mandate in summer 2017 and a follow on project (IP Key II).
Exchanging concepts for smart city development
Photo: Robert Schwertner, Philipp Agathonos, Alexander Unkart, Yang Jun, Zeng Lu, Max Pfeiler, Chen Yongfen at GDST
9 December 2016 – From 5 to 9 December, a delegation led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) met “Smart City”-stakeholders from Chinese universities, research institutes and government agencies. Alexander Unkart (BMVIT), Dr. Emmanuel Glenck and Robert Schwertner (both FFG), as well as representatives from the Austrian Consulate General in Guangzhou and Hong Kong and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), had lively discussions and on-site visits at the Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Guangzhou Smart City Research Institute, Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research Group, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC) and the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation (GIUI).
The delegation visit culminated in the signing of an agreement between FFG and Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST).
Sharing ideas for future Sino-Austrian cooperation
Photo: Wei Yanjie, Philipp Agathonos, Bi Yalei
8 December 2016 – With regard to the third joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, came together with representatives of the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT). He was warmly welcomed by BI Yalei, assistant to the director of SIAT, and had a fruitful discussion about future Sino-Austrian cooperation. SIAT focuses on information technology and biotechnology in emerging industries such as high-end medical imaging, big data and new energy and has established partnership with more than 200 firms, including Baidu, Huawei and Midea.
In March 2017, a delegation of Austrian experts on ICT will visit Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Following the delegation, the third bilateral joint call between FFG and CAS will be open for proposals. This call’s topic will cover joint projects in the field of ICT.
Discussing “Cultural Inheritance and Innovation” and “Interconnectivity and China-Europe Cooperation”
Photo: Young leaders from Austria and China (by CPIFA)
1 December 2016 – After meetings in Beijing with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the Austrian Embassy, the 2nd Young Leaders Programme Austria – China (YLPAC) was officially launched in Guangzhou. This year, ten selected participants aged 25 to 35 from Austria and China respectively, came together for discussions and site visits. Regina Figl, Minister at the Austrian Embassy, and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, also participated in the forum.
The YLPAC was initiated in 2014 by Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration, Sebastian Kurz, and YANG Wenchang, former president of the Chinese People´s Institute for Foreign Affairs (CPIFA). On the Austrian side, the programme is implemented by the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria (UNA-Austria/ÖGAVN) in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), the Austrian Embassy in Beijing and several business partners.