Advanced Materials – The 5th bilateral joint call between CAS and FFG started

Fruitful cooperation between the Chinese and the Austrian research institutions

Photo: Logos of BMVIT and CAS

The 5th bilateral joint call between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) was launched on January, 30 2019. The aim of this Austrian-Chinese Cooperative R&D Project is to support jointly identified research topics on advanced materials with mutual interests and scientific excellence based on the existing cooperation agreement between FFG and CAS. The joint research proposal must address at least one of the following topics: 1. Renewable Materials 2. Materials for energy and processing 3. 3D-printing 4. Material characterization 5. Surfaces and coatings 6. Nanomedicine and nanosafety. The application deadline is at 5:00 p.m. 10th May 2019 (Beijing time).


starting the cooperation with Chengdu in the new year

Photo: Group photo

23 January 2019 – Ms Segree Dai, the president of the EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) Chengdu and her team visited OSTA at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of OSTA, and Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, discussed potential cooperation for the year of 2019 with the representatives of EUPIC. Both sides exchanged the latest information and current plans and expressed the readiness to carry out the preparation in detail as soon as the schedule of upcoming events has been confirmed.

OSTA focuses on the Tech Scale-up Summit and the EU-China Fair in Chengdu and plans to organize workshops or more activities in the margin of the events with Austrian delegations.




OSTA attends the new year reception of WRSA

networking between alumni from Austria and Germany

Photo: Mr Agathonos held an opening speech at the reception

19 January 2019 – The Sub-Association of Chinese Academics from Germany and Austria of the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) organized its new year reception 2019 with over 150 alumni in Beijing. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of OSTA, attended the reception and gave an opening speech.

WRSA is a national association of returned Chinese students from overseas and has more than 220,000 members. It connects more than 100 associations of Chinese scholars overseas.



OSTA attends the 5th HRH Salon

promoting healthcare cooperation 

Photo: Group photo

16 January 2019 – The Health Human Resources Development Center (HHRDC) of the National Health Commission and the Chaoyang Health and Family Planning Commission of Beijing Municipality organized the 5th HRH Salon, “Blood Donation and Emergency Aid”. The Chinese representatives lectured on the blood donation and management of Beijing and Chaoyang District.

Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, took part in the event and presented the current system of blood donation and emergency aid in Austria. Representatives of the British, Australian, Dutch, Italian, and Canadian Embassies also introduced related topics.

HRH Salon events are dedicated to global healthcare cooperation.



OSTA’s New Year Reception 2019

Showing our gratitude to Partners and Alumni at the Austrian Embassy

Photo: OSTA´s New Year reception

On 15 January 2019, the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing) successfully held its traditional New Year’s Reception at the Austrian Embassy. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA opened the reception expressing his gratitude to our partners in the public administration, in university and research institutions and leading high-tech companies. He particularly welcomed our alumni, who an important link between Austria and China and the guests, who traveled from Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Chengdu and Shenzhen to spend an evening at the Austrian embassy. All in all over 130 guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality and used the opportunity for some intense networking.


Christmas party in Beijing

Communicating between Alumni from Austria and Germany

Photo: OSTA as Co-Organizer

Photo: Christmas-Party

On 23th Dez.  KayTrip, a Chinese Travel Agency with a growing focus on the (Central) European market, organized its annual Christmas party in Beijing and invited the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy (OSTA Beijing), the German Embassy, the Sub Association of the Western Returned Scholars Association and the Economic Development zone of the city of Xingtai to act as co-organizers. More than 200 Participants came together to enjoy traditional Chinese music and Glühwein served at Christmas markets across Central Europe.


Smart City Workshop

Intensive Exchange of views in the area of Smart City between Austria and China

Photo: Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift, Mr. Ernst Woller

Photo: Panel Discussion at the 2018 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation

On Tuesday, the December 11th a Smart City Workshop was hosted at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing by the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy (OSTA Beijing) and opened by the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift.

Mr. Ernst Woller, first President of the Parliament of the Province of Vienna was invited by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the OSTA Beijing to attend the Workshop and deliver a key note speech on the City of Vienna’s remarkable evolution over the last 100 years. Vienna now ranks first in various international ranking systems measuring quality of life and level of digitalization.

Mr. Bernhard Müller, Secretary General of the Urban Forum and former mayor of the City Wiener Neustadt also attended the event an presented his organization as well as the Agency for European Integration, a Vienna-based governmental agency set-up to manage large transnational projects.

The AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, the largest Austrian applied research organization and the Austrian companies Swarco, Doppelmayr and Neubau, which are all present in China for several years as well as representatives from the China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD) of the NDRC, the China Academy for Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) of MoHURD and the Telekom-Giant Huawei gave informative Show-Case Presentations in the area of Smart City including cyber security, smart buildings, smart traffic and digitization.

On Wednesday 12 December, Mr. Ernst Woller, accompanied by Ambassador Stift, OSTA, AIT, Urban Forum, a representative of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and of the Research Promotion Agency participated at the 2018 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation dedicated on the planning of the Xiong’an New Area, organised by CAUPD and joined a Panel Discussion at the opening session of the event.




Austrian delegation on Advanced Materials successfully visited China

Intensive exchange with Chinese scientists and entrepreneurs in different cities

Photo: Roundtable in TIPCCAS

Photo: Visit to the Shanghai University

A delegation with 18 Austrian experts on advanced materials from excellent Austrian universities and representatives from Austrian companies successfully visited China from 11-16 November 2018. The visit was organized by the Office of Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing (OSAT) in collaboration with Advantage Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). The main purpose of the delegation visit was identifying additional potential cooperation partners and preparing for the upcoming joint calls: the fifth joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and the fourth joint call between FFG and the Shanghai University.

During the visit, Sino-Austrian Roundtables on Advanced Materials, lab visits and individual science to science and business to business meetings were arranged with Chinese researchers from different renowned CAS institutes: the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science (IMRCAS) in Shenyang, the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) in Beijing, the Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology of the Chinese Academy of Science (CNITECH) in Ningbo, the Shanghai University and the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) as well as numerous Chinese companies.

The visit offered an excellent opportunity for the Austrian participants to exchange information with their potential cooperation partners, to gain deeper insights into their research areas and to get closer contact with each other.


Minister Schramböck attends the first China International Import Expo

Deepening the pragmatic cooperation with China

Photo: Minister Schramböck and Minister Miao

04-07 November 2018 – The Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), Dr. Margarete Schramböck led an Austrian delegation to participate in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai and was accompanied among others by Dr. Friedrich Stift, Austrian Ambassador to China, Consul General Ms Brigitte Robinson-Seyrlehner and Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of Office of Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA).

Minister Schramböck attended the Opening Ceremony of CIIE and opened the Austrian National Pavilion, organized by Advantage Austria and paid a visit to individual company pavilions to explore the business investment situation of Austrian enterprises in China.

In the margings of the CIIE Minister Schramböck met with Mr Miao Wei, Minister of Industry and Information Technology of China. Minister Schramböck underlined the importance the Austrian side attaches to strengthening cooperation with China in particular in the areas of trade, innovation and digital economy. The CIIE presents an opportunity to Austrian companies to offer more products and services in the Chinese market. Both sides also exchanged views on the “Belt & Road” initiative and e-commerce cooperation.




The Second Part of the Austrian Technology Day: Hangzhou

“Tecxport” Initiative in Hangzhou

Photo: Mr Philipp Agathonos, Director of OSTA, opened the event

07 November 2018 – The second part of the Austrian Technology Day took place at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Hangzhou. The event was hosted by the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). Furthermore, the Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province (ZJST), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Office of Science and Technology (OSTA), the Commercial Section of the Austrian Consulate General Shanghai and the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) acted as co-organisers for the Austrian Technology Day.

The Austrian Technology Day was opened by Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing and Director of OSTA, Mr Song Zhiheng, Deputy Director General of the (ZJST), Mr Alexander Unkart, BMVIT, Ms Lisa Kronreif, Austrian Vice Consul for Commercial Affairs in Shanghai and Mr Christian Frey, Head of Tecxport Initiative of FFG.

The event gathered over 160 participants from Austria and China exchanging their experiences and identifying potential cooperations in the fields of Smart Urban Development, Digital Economy and Intelligent Manufacturing, Environment, Energy, Life Science and Other. The Austrian Representatives consisted of 12 Austrian technology-oriented companies and research organisations (ATC, BT Seals Austria, Getzner, GWT, Lumitech, Neubau, M-U-T, Austrian State Printing Office, S::CAN, Geodata, AIT and FFG) and presented various state-of-the-art Austrian technologies, products and services. 6 Chinese companies also held topic-specific presentations. Participants from the Chinese side came from local government, S&T organizations and over 80 enterprises. At the end of the event, participants of both sides were given the opportunity to find potential partners at networking tea break and lunch buffet.

The Austrian Technology Day in Hangzhou is the next step of a successful cooperation with Chinese stakeholders and highlighted the appreciation of both countries for each other.



Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province (CN)