Kickoff Event SILKROAD 4.0 Emerging Technology Tour

A virtual delegation from the SILKROAD 4.0 technology network left Vienna on September 24th to travel the world as part of the Emerging Tech Tour 2020.

Philipp Agathonos, Director of the Office for Science and Technology at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing opened the event. The further keynotes were held by Ludovit Garzik, Managing Director, Austrian Council for Technology and Research, Francisco Webber, CEO and Rafael Vartian, Head of Business Development at Medicus AI Group.

For a video on the venue klick here.

The aim of the SILKROAD 4.0 networking initiative is to explore the latest technologies and visit the pioneers of the future on site. Supported by the OSTA Beijing, an online series of networking events will take place every two weeks from now on. The programme will cover the latest developments and trends in the area of ​​emerging technologies.

A virtual campus was chosen as the meeting point for the delegation’s trip with the local experts. Within this campus, participants can move around freely with their avatar and visit the technology partners’ exhibition stands.

The goal is to bring together the leading emerging technology experts and companies from around the world, to provide an opportunity to share their knowledge – and to build collaboration within the group of thought leaders of the future: Connect, Share and Collaborate.

The next event will take place on October, 22nd 18:00-21:00 CEST.

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Beijing Humboldt Forum 2020

OSTA supports the CDA Session

Photo: Mr. Philipp Agathonos speaks on the CDA Session of the BHF 2020.

Since its establishment in 2013 by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing Humboldt Forum (BHF) has been dedicated to setting up science, technology and human cultural exchange platforms for academic researches, industrial cooperation and policy makers between China, Europe and other countries. Due to the global COVID-19 crisis this year´s 8th Beijing Humboldt Forum, which looks at “Green Economy, Cultural Heritage, Global Governance” was organised as a series of online meetings on September 17, 20, 22 and 23. More than thousand participants joined the different sessions of the BHF.

Mr. Philipp Agathonos, outgoing Ministry Plenipotentiary and Director of the Section for Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing), addressed the opening session of the BHF with a short video and participated in one of the eight parallel sessions under the general theme “The Challenge of COVID-19 to Domestic Politics & International Order”. In his speech Mr Agathonos looked at international and domestic challenges under the Covid-19 from a European perspective. “The COVID crisis has speeded up behavioural changes across the globe. The use of digital communication in schools, universities, academic exchanges and business relations, teleworking, the increase swift to local and regional products or the expansion of the list of key strategic commodities, which need to be available at short notice, to include medical supplies and the role that governments play in economic life are likely to stay beyond COVID.”

As part of the Beijing Humboldt Forum, the newly established Vienna-based China Data Analysis and Research Hub (CDA)and the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) jointly organised the two-day online conference “Metropolitan Innovation Systems (MIS) on the Eurasian Continent in the 21st Century”. The conference, which was supported by OSTA Beijing, took place on 22nd and 23rd September 2020 and included three tracks covering specific aspects of MIS: “Steps Towards Cultivating Innovation Ecosystems in Metropolises on the Eurasian Continent”, “Healthcare Development” and “Digital Transformation”. The conference aimed at exploring the developing opportunities of metropolitan innovation ecosystems in a national and international context and facilitating the emergence of new insights on how to unleash and nurture the hidden innovation potential.

Mr. Philipp Agathonos attended Track I of CDA Conference and gave a speech on “Smart City Vienna – Further enhancing Quality of Life through comprehensive innovation”. He underlined that “Vienna tops the ranks of several indexes (most liveable city in the world, most digital city in Europe, best smart city strategy) for the simple reason that it has been pursuing a policy of inclusion in all fields since more than 100 years, aiming at meeting the needs of all of its present citizens without compromising the  ability  for future generations to meet their needs.”


Digital Silk Road tour from Vienna to Beijing starts on September 24th, 2020

OSTA Beijing supports the ambitious low budget project of the Viennese startup Silkroad4.0

Photo: Network Europe

The ancient Silk Road spirit was all about exchange of innovation and ideas. After more than 2000 years, the Austrian start-up SILKROAD 4.0 is now planning to bring these old ideas of global networking into the digital age.

A virtual delegation will travel around the world as part of the SILKROAD 4.0 Emerging Tech Tour 2020 to explore and get to know the latest technologies. Supported by the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing), a series of online events will take place every two weeks at which the latest developments and trends in the field of emerging technologies are discussed. A virtual campus is chosen as the meeting point for the delegation and local experts. Within this campus, participants can move freely and visit the technology partners’ exhibition stands.

The “SILKROAD 4.0 Emerging Tech Tour 2020” conference series will connect these leading emerging tech experts from all over the world and help them share their wisdom and visit innovation leaders.

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The First Global 5G Industrial Innovation Summit in Chengdu

Building 5G exchange platform and deepening international cooperation

Foto: Mr. Philipp Agathonos

The First Global 5G Industrial Innovation Summit and Junction X took place from August 27th to 30th, 2020 in Chengdu. The three-day summit, with the theme of “Intelligent technology everywhere, Intelligent technology connects everything”, included extensive discussions conducted under such themes as release of 5G index, centralized contract signing of important projects of 5G industry,”5G + transportation”, “5G + health care” and “5G + education”.

During the event 26,483 participants from all walks of life were present, while 186,035 participants joined the meeting online through live video and photo live cloud. Mr. Philipp Agathons, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Peking), was invited on behalf of the Austrian Embassy to give an informative speech on 5G and Education in Vienna. In addition, Mr. Philipe Reinisch, CEO of StartUp Silkroad 4.0 and Mr. Helmut Leopold, Head of Center for Digital Safety & Security, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, also made an online speech around 5G Technologies.

The Finnish Junction X was one of the important activities of the summit. Participants from more than 20 countries gathered together to jointly develop innovative applications. This is also the first time the event took place in China. At this summit, the country’s first provincial-level 5G development blue book was also released.


Austria Online Technology Innovation Showcase

A concentrated display of the high-quality innovation achievements of Austria and Zhejiang Province in the field of smart cities

Foto: Austria Online Technology Innovation Showcase

On August 4, 2020, an Online event “Austria Online Technology Innovation Showcase”  jointly hosted by the Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Cooperation Center and the Austrian StartUp “Silk Road 4.0” kicked off in Hangzhou with the support of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Peking) and the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology. Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, Mr. Philipp Agathonos thanked te organizers for the innovative approach to bilateral cooperation to cope with the COVID-19 restrictions at his opening remarks. Ms. Elisabeth Mindlberger from Advantage Austria (Shanghai Office) also addressed the participants.

A total of 7 Austrian and 4 Chinese Projects presented their innovations in the area of “Cyber Security under the background of Industry 4.0” and “Realizing the traceability of the product cycle through digital technology”. The projects promoted in this cloud event coverd among others Artificial intelligence technology, unmanned vehicle applications and urban functions. The event demonstrated the high-quality innovation achievements of Austria and the Province Zhejiang in the field of smart cities and attracted great attention from enterprises, universities and related institutions from China and Austria due to its high innovation and broad industry prospects.

At the meeting, the two parties fully affirmed the scientific and technological innovation cooperation achievements of Zhejiang and Austria since the signing of the memorandum of science and technology cooperation in 2018 in the area of smart cities, and underlined their willingness to continue carrying out in-depth comprehensive cooperation in production, education and research and promoting more cooperation results.


Online Seminar Belt and Road Sustainable Cities

Building Livable Cities in Post-COVID-19 Time

In the afternoon of July 8, 2020, an online seminar on Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Building livable Cities in Post-COVID-19 Time was organized by the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the Chengdu Municipal People´s Government, and the ICLEI- Local Government for Sustainability in cooperation with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Energy Foundation and the City Alliance, led by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). More than 200 people from 7 countries took part in the online seminar. 24 representatives from national and international organizations spoke on various topics at the seminar, one third of them are Chinese government representatives and two thirds representatives of international organizations, foreign cities or organizations. From Austria, Mr. Ernst Woller, President of the Vienna Parliament and Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Director of the Science and Technology Department of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing were invited as speakers at the online seminar. The seminar was an opportunity to take stock of various topics, such as the creation of new development spaces and a livable environment, when expanding cities, building beautiful garden cities and safeguarding a high level of health care.


The next events in this field will be the 4th high-level International forum on sustainable urban development and the Chengdu Initiative on Livable Cities for the Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance, which will take place in Chengdu from November 16 to 18 2020.


China launches international collaborative projects to support research & innovation in response to COVID-19

The fourth Call for proposals on international collaborative projects addressing COVID-19 published by MOST

The Chinese Ministry for Science and Technology (MOST) published its fourth call for proposals to fund international collaborative projects addressing COVID-19. For the first time, the participation of non-Chinese entities based outside of China mainland is allowed, and, even more, constitutes a requirement for project proposals to be eligible for funding. Foreign participants will not be financially supported by MOST and will have to come with their own funding to cover the cost of their participation in the project, with the exception of the purchase of some equipment not available in China.

A maximum of 37 projects covering 11 tasks in the areas of drugs, vaccines, test reagents and TCM can be funded. The total national budget to be allocated to this call is RMB 100 million. The project duration should not exceed two years.

Applicant entities are requested to submit online proposals via the National S&T Information System ( The online submission will remain open until 31 August 2020 16:00.


European Forum Alpbach 2020” Selection-Interviews for Chinese Students in cooperation with the OeAD office in Shanghai

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) 2020 will take place from August 23rd until September 3rd. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most of the sessions will be conducted online. EFA connects since 1945 international decision-makers from all sectors of society with interested experts and committed young people.  The EFA 2020, the 75th Edition of the Forum, is devoted to the social foundations of democracy, cohesion and diversity.

In cooperation with the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) and annually nominated universities in China the EFA Foundation will invite 22 students from China to attend the EFA 2020. Having received more than 70 applications, forwarded by different top universities, Ms.Alexandra Wagner, Head of Office Austrian Center Shanghai and Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) jointly conducted 65online selection interviews during the first part of June 2020 and forwarded the results to the EFA foundations, which makes the final selection of scholarship allocation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful candidates will be attending EFA 2020 online and will take part in the Forum in Alpbach next year provide that EFA 2021 will be allowed to invite international students.


“European Forum Alpbach 2020” in cooperation with OeAD Shanghai

Supported by OSTA

European Forum Alpbach 2020 – China Scholarship Programme “Fundamentals”

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture since 1945, held in Alpbach. The annual Forum has been addressing the relevant social-political questions. Every year, over 650 young people from about 100 nationalities can attend this leading interdisciplinary conference and a variety of academic seminars.

In cooperation with the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH) in Shanghai and the partner universities in China, supported by OSTA, the European Forum Alpbach Foundation invites around 25 students from China to Alpbach. The main goal is to reach out to highly talented young people, who will make the Chinese perspective visible in Alpbach and who are interested in becoming part of an international network dedicated to fostering regional and international dialogue and cooperation.

Eligible applicants are required to first submit their application to the Foreign Affairs Office of their universities by March 31.



OSTA’s New Year Reception 2020

Photo: Opening Remarks by Philipp Agathonos and Max Pfeiler

Photo: Mezzo-Soprano Ms. Anna Agathonos

On 17 January 2020, the traditional New Year’s Reception was jointly held by the Science and Technology Section (OSTA Beijing) and the Technology Office of the Austrian Embassy at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA and Mr. Max Pfeiler, Head of Technology Office jointly opened the reception and welcomed partners from the public administration, universities, research institutions, leading high-tech companies, the diplomatic corps and particularly our alumni, who are an important link between Austria and China and guests, who traveled from Chengdu, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong to join us at the Austrian embassy. Special thanks was given to the leading Austrian applied research organization, the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, which is a close partner of OSTA.

After the opening remarks, Ms. Anna Agathonos, a Mezzo-Soprano working in Germany, gave a 30-minutes recital with popular Austrian melodies and received a warm applause at the end, which triggered an encore from her native Greece. All 100 guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality in a wonderful atmosphere and used the opportunity for some intense networking.