“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.



OSTA attended the press conference of the 2nd Global Industrial Internet Conference

More opportunities between Austrian and Zhejiang Province

Photo: Mr Agathonos holding a speech

06 December 2019 – Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA, attended the press conference of the 2nd Global Industrial Internet Conference and China International Industrial Internet Expo 2020 (GIIC 2020) in China World Summit Wing in Beijing. Mr Agathonos made a brief invervention as international cooperation partner, in which he underlined the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fields of smart city and ICT between Austria and the Zhejiang Province, as well as friendly relationship with the cities of Jiaxing, Tongxiang and Wuzhen. Mr Agathonos addes that the bilateral cooperation between Austria and China also focuses on new material, nano technology, digital security and safety, as well as startups.

The GIIC 2020 is co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), China Federation of Industrial Economics, Chinese Institute of Electronics, the municipality of the city Tongxiang, and will be held between 16.-18. April 2020 in Wuzhen, the permanent site for the World Internet Conference.



Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) visits UIBE

Exchange on cooperation possibilities between both universities

Photo:MCI visits UIBE

22 November 2019 – The Head of Department and Studies, Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Prof. Dr. Peter J. Mirski, and the Head of Research & Development, Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Prof. Dr. Michael Kraxner visited the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) accompanied by the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Peking). They were warmly welcomed by the Dean of UIBE-Research-Academy Chengdu, Executive Director of the Austrian Cultural Center of the UIBE, Prof. FENG Xiaohu and Ms. XIANG Jie, Deputy Director of International Relations.

After briefings by the two universities, the possibilities of cooperation, especially in the area of student exchange were discussed. Both sides expressed great interest in cooperating at University level and identified the contact persons from both sides for further discussion of the next steps.

Prof. FENG also referred to the Beijing Humboldt Forum, which was hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and co-organized by organizations including the Austrian Embassy Beijing and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OOE) and cordially invited the MCI to attend the next Forum 2020. Prof. FENG will visit Vienna in January 2020. Taking this opportunity he will visit the MCI to have further exchanges on the cooperation matters.


OSTA attends the 1st World 5G Convention in Beijing

Combining 5G-Society and security

Photo: Mr Leopold delivers a keynote speech

21 November 2019 – On behalf of the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift, Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister of Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA, and Mr Helmut Leopold, Head of Center for Digital Safety & Security, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, attended the opening ceremony and the main forum of the 1st World 5G Convention in Beijing Etrong International Exhinition & Convention Center. Mr Leopold also attended the 5G Security Forum in the afternoon and held a keynote speech on „5G and critical infrastructures – a holistic security perspective”.

The World 5G Convention was jointly hosted by People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, National Development of and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The opening session included prominent speaker such as Mr YIN Yong, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and Vice Mayor of Beijing, Mr CAI Qi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Commitee, Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Mr WANG Zhigang, Minister of MOST, Mr MIAO Wei, Minister of MIIT and Mr Nicolas Chapuis, EU ambassador to China. More than 400 delegates from 40 countries and territories participated in the event.



ICT delegation visits China in 2019

Austrian scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of ICT visit China

Photo: Group photo in Hangzhou Dianzi University

17 November 2019 – On behalf of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and in cooperation with AC Shanghai, OSTA organized an ICT delegation trip to Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing from November 17th to 22nd 2019. On the one hand, the trip was to prepare the joint call between the FFG and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which is planned for early 2020, and on the other hand to support the scientific and business exchange of the Austrian delegation with CAS institutes, universities and Chinese entrepreneurs. The delegation was headed by Mr. Alexander Pogany, representative of the BMVIT, and by Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for science and technology and director of OSTA.

Some of the delegation had previously attended the China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) in Shenzhen. On the eve of the official start of the program, the Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU) held a welcome banquet for the delegation as an expression of the university’s close cooperation with Austria, in particular with the company M.U.T, with which the HDU operates a joint research center. The program in Hangzhou started with a seminar on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Economy in the conference room of HDU. Central topics of the seminar were AI, secure data transfer platforms, deep learning, visual computing and autonomous driving technology.

In Jiaxing, the delegation visited the Yangtze Delta Institute of Tsinghua University and Institute 36 of CETC (China Electronics Technology Corporation). Both partners are already cooperating with Austria. CETC 36 is the main operator of CETC Europe based in Graz.

In Shanghai, the delegation visited the USTC Shanghai Institute for Advanced Studie of CAS, which is headed by the former student of Prof. Anton Zeilinger, Prof. PAN Jianwei. The delegation then visited the company Sense Time Shanghai. AC Shanghai held a reception for the delegation and Chinese partners from the Shanghai area. On the next day, the delegation visited the Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology Shanghai (SIMIT), which also belongs to the CAS. Intensive individual B2B, SCI2SCI and SCI2B discussions were held.

The Roundtable in Nanjing was jointly organized with Nanjing University (NJU). Scientists from the NJU reported on their research results in the ICT field and the Austrian delegation also gave presentations on the current state of research, which opened up new collaborations for both sides. This was also followed by SCI2SCI and B2B discussions, enabling a networking opportunity.

In Beijing, a seminar was organized in cooperation with the Institute of Computing Technology, CAS (ICT CAS). In addition to the presentations by the Austrian delegation, scientists from the ICT, CAS also reported on their research areas, in which they would like to cooperate with Austrian scientists. The seminar opened an intensive exchange between the Austrian and Chinese scientists and showed good opportunities for cooperation. During the evening reception, which was held at the Austrian embassy, the Austrian and Chinese partners could continue to discuss about their cooperation projects.

The whole delegation trip offered an excellent platform for Austrian and Chinese companies and research institutions to make new contacts and intensify existing collaborations. There was also a good opportunity for Austrian companies to get to know new business partners. The scientific exchange was also intensified.



OSTA brings Austrian start-ups delegation to CHTF 2019

More potential business relationships between Austrian and Chinese companies

The own Austrian booth on the fair

12 November 2019 – The China Hi-Tech fair (CHTF) 2019 took place from November 12th to 17th in Shenzhen and offered its own platform for Austrian and state-owned companies and research institutes to make new contacts and to intensify cooperation. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) and in cooperation with the Global Incubator Network (GIN), the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and AC Guangzhou, OSTA organized an Austrian delegation consisting of startups for the CHTF in Shenzhen and operated its own booth in the Belt & Road part of the event. The delegation was headed by Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for science and technology and director of OSTA. Dr. Philipe Reinisch, CEO of StartUp Silkroad 4.0, who also works for AIT, provided full support to the delegation.

OSTA also organized an own B2B networking seminar “Innovative Austria” at the international conference hall of the CHTF, in which the Austrian companies were able to present their products and research results. The Austrian participants also paid a visit to three Chinese technology institutions: Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the China Academy of Sciences, CETC Smart City Research Institute and the Shenzhen branch of the Harbin Institute of Advanced Technology (HIAT).

On the margin of the event, there were interesting discussions between Austrian and Chinese participants, which offered an excellent networking opportunity for everyone involved. The participants used this opportunity to maintain existing contacts with their Chinese partners, as well as to establish new contacts and potential business relationships.



OSTA attends the 2019 ANSO Young Scientists Forum and Zhejiang International Science and Technology Cooperation Conference

Photo: Dr. Philipe Reinisch, Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer, Mr. Philipp Agathonos,Dr. Guodong Wang

09 November 2019 – Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the Section for Science and Technology in the Austrian Embassy Beijing led a delegation composed by Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer, Member of the Austrian Academy of Science, Dr. Philipe Reinisch, CEO of Silkroad 4.0 and Dr. Guodong Wang, TU Vienna, to the „2019 ANSO Young Scientists Forum and Zhejiang International Science and Technology Cooperation Conference“ in Hangzhou, which was hosted by the CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences), jointly organized by the ZSTD (Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department), ANSO (Alliance of International Science Organizations), Innovation Cooperation Center by the CAS (Bankok), Hangzhou Qiantang New Area Management Committee and the CSTEC in Zhejiang (Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Exchange Center with Foreign Countries).

On the evening before Mr. Agathonos and Prof. Schmiedmayer participated in a Banquet given by the Governor of Zhejiang Province and the President of the CAS Prof. BAI Chunli. Among the participants were Barry Sharpless, Nobel Laureate in 2001, Professor in Scripps Rresearch Institute, Whitfield Diffie, A.M. Turing Award Laureate in 2015, David Y.H. Pui, Academician of the National Academy of Engineering, Professor of the University of Minnesota, USA, Zabta Khan Shinwari, Principal, Qarshi University Pakistan, Former secretary general of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Jörg Schmiedmayer, Academican, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor of Uusimaa, Finland, Ivashkevich Aleh, Vice Rector Belarusian State University, Koichi Oguro, President, Tochigi Prefecture Technicians Association and Schellenberg Lukas, Principal Partner, HIEC.


Prof. Andreas Breinbauer visits OSTA

Information Exchange on large range of Topics

Foto: Mr. Philipp AGATHONOS, Mr. Andreas Breinbauer

7 November 2019 – The Rector of the University of Applied Sciences (FH) BFI Vienna and Director of the Programme “Logistics and Transport Management” Prof. Andreas Breinbauer visited OSTA in Beijing and had a thorough exchange of views with Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology. Prof. Breinbauer, who is also Head of the Supervisory Council of all Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences was impressed by the wide variety of potential partners for Austrian FHs in China.


OSTA visits the Beijing Economic Technological Development Area

Exploring more cooperation opportunities

Photo: Group photo with the officials of E-Town Co., Ltd.

29 October 2019 – Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA, Mr Guodong Wang, researcher from TU Wien and co-founder of Simple-AI KG Vienna, Mr Philipe Reinisch, CEO of Silkroad 4.0, visited the Beijing Yizhuang Investment Holdings Limited, which is located in the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, and met with Mr YANG Wenliang, President of the Beijing Yizhuang Investment Holdings Limited and Helena, President of the Beijing International Cul-Tech Center of E-Town Co., Ltd. Both sides discussed a smart tech collaboration between Austria and China. The Chinese side is especially interested in the cutting-edge technology of the Austrian Company Doppelmayr to build an entire cable car system in the city, and the establishment of an overseas research center in cooperation with TU Wien.