International Urban Cooperation Launch Event

Introducing strategies for City to City Cooperations
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Photo: EU Ambassador Mr. Schweisgut

15 March 2017 – Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, participated in the EU-China International Urban Cooperation Launch Event. The IUC programme boosts international urban cooperation with EU partners in Asia. With a budget of over EU 20 million, the IUC effectively supports Habitat III goals as well as the Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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4th Joint Working Group between BMVIT and MoT takes place

Deepening future cooperations

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Photo: Zhao Chongjiu, Gernot Grimm

15 February 2017 – The Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria (BMVIT) and the Ministry of Transport of China (MoT) hold their 4th Joint Working Group in Vienna. During their fruitful and result-orientated discussions the two delegations jointly reviewed projects relating to Road Safety Management and Barriers, Tunnel Operation, Toll System Operation, Crowd Management, Mobility Demand, Aerial Cable Car and Waterway Transportation Security. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, also participated in the Joint Working Group and provided innovative momentum in respect of the discussions.

At the end of the meeting Dr. Gernot Grimm (BMVIT) and Mr. ZHAO Chongjiu (MoT) signed the minutes of the 4th Joint Working Group and confirmed their readiness to swiftly engage in follow-up activities.

 

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FFG-GDST Pre-Call launched

Identifying research collaboration fields

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24 January 2017 – In the framework of the cooperation between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST), a  Pre-Call for identifying project partners is open for submissions.

According to the requirements of the Guangdong Science and Technology Department and the Austrian Research and Promotion Agency, the project partners should have the capability to complete the project. The project is of international excellence and can attract researchers in key research fields.

 

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OSTA relocates to the base of the Austrian Embassy

Moving from Sunflower Tower to Jianguomen 

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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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OSTA meets IS CAS

Deepening the collaboration with CAS

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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.

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Positive information exchange between OSTA and CAS

Talks about the future cooperation possibilities between CAS and Austria

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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.

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OSTA visits Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR)

Fruitful discussion on Sino-Austrian geological and mineral cooperation

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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.

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OSTA establishes contact with ICT CAS

Preparing for the upcoming joint call and exploring new cooperation possibilities

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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.

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FFG signs agreement with GDST

Successful start of a new Sino-Austrian research cooperation

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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.

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EU-China Innovation Policies Roundtable

Discussing how to craft IP innovation policies and laws

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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).

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