“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 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.



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.



Austrian Alumni Session at the Beijing Humboldt Forum 2019

Stretching the Austrian Alumni network through exchange of experiences between the Chinese and Austrian Alumni

Foto: Panel discussion

22 September 2019 –the Beijing Humboldt Forum (BHF) was held for the seventh time since its establishment in 2013. From 19th to 25th of September 2019 the BHF organized sessions under the general theme “Green Economy, Cultural Heritage and Artificial Intelligence” in Jinan, Beijing and Chengdu. Ministry Plenipotentiary and Director of the Section for Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing) Mr. Philipp Agathonos attended the opening ceremony of the forum in Beijing and delivered a speech on behalf of the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift.

On Sunday, 22 September OSTA Beijing organized for the fifth time one of the parallel sessions at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. The session was opened and moderated by Mr. Philipp Agathonos. It covered a broad range of topics ranging from medicine and geology over arts and culture to training, AI, and innovation and was split into two parts.

Following a welcoming speech by China National Opera House (CNOH) soprano soloist, Ms. LI Jingjing, an Alumni of the University for Music and performing Arts Vienna, participants received three presentations in the field of medicine: Mr. Wolf Dieter RAUSCH, president of the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU) and Ms. WANG Feixue, EPU-Alumni, currently working at the Xuanwu Hospital, talked about Sino-Austrian cooperation in the field of TCM and TCM Therapies for aging diseases, while Prof. GAO Juntao, an alumni and leading researcher at the renowned Tsinghua University spoke about his research on Intelligent Imaging for Life Sciences. The session continued with a speech by Mr. LIU Yan from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences on the findings of the comprehensive investigations at the Tibetan plateau regarding the effects of huge anthropogenic carbon emissions, an introduction on the activities of the Office of the Austrian Exchange Organisation (ÖAD) and its office in Shanghai by Ms FU Xiaoyan and a report on this year’s European Forum Alpbach by Chen Jiamiao, Chinese students selected jointly by OSTA and ÖAD.

The second part of the session was organised jointly with the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FHOÖ). It started with a presentation by Mr. Alexander G. WELZL, lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and Member of the Expert Advisory Board, 42.cx Center of Excellence for AI on  Artificial Intelligence and Innovation in China. It was followed by a speech by Mr. ZHANG Yu, Alumni and Founder of the Qingdao Children’s Art Theater on Sino-European drama culture exchange and a presentation by Ms. Karin PALMETSHOFER-HÖRSCHINGER from the Rosenbauer International AG respective the experience of her company with E-Learning tools. The Session was concluded by the panel discussion looking into “What do young talents need to sustainably perform in China?” The panel was composed by an equal number of Alumni, Company and academic representatives.



OSTA attends the Micius Quantum Prize Ceremony at the USTC

Three Austrian quantum experts winning the prize

Photo: Prof. Zeilinger as one of the laureates

18 September 2019 – The International Conference on Emerging Quantum Technology (ICEQT 2019) was held from 15 to 20 September at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), in the city of Hefei. At the afternoon on 18 September, the Micius Quantum Prize for promoting emerging quantum technologies, recognizing significant science advance ranging from the early conceptual contributions to the recent experimental breakthroughs, was awarded to the laureates, including three Austrian scientists, Prof. Rainer Blatt, Prof. Peter Zoller, Prof. Anton Zeilinger and Austrian alumni Prof. Jianwei Pan. Max Pfeiler, deputy director of OSTA, attended the prize ceremony at invitation of the local organizing committee.

The Micius Quantum Prize’s laureates 2018 and 2019 were announced at the same time. The 2018 laureates for theory category included Prof. Peter Zoller for the outstanding theoretical contributions that enabled the scalable implementations of quantum information processing, such as quantum computation with trapped ions, quantum simulation with ultracold atoms, and quantum repeaters; Prof. Rainer Blatt won the experimental category prizes 2018 for his pioneering experimental work on the realizations of quantum logic gates, multiparticle entanglement, quantum simulation and quantum computing algorithms using trapped ions. The experimental category prize 2019 went to Prof. Anton Zeilinger and Prof. Jianwei Pan for their groundbreaking experiments in multi-photon interferometry and free-space quantum transmission that enabled practically secure and large-scale quantum communications.

The excellent results of awarding the prize show the outstanding development of Austria in the field of quantum technologies. OSTA has built up a fruitful science communication relationship with the USTC.



topics and details of arrangements for the 7th JWG between BMVIT and NDRC

Photo: Mr. WU Hongyan and Mr. MAO Kejun visited the Austrian Embassy Beijing 

17.09.2019, a preparatory meeting for the next Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) was held at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. NDRC was represented by the Head of General Affairs, Mr. WU Hongyuan, and Senior Officer, Mr. MAO Kejun. Mr. Philipp Agathonos and Mr. Max Pfeiler, Director and Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA), welcomed Mr. Wu and Mr. Mao.

The NDRC proposed five topics for the next JWG and emphasized the importance of the concrete realization of projects. To ensure a successful preparation of the JWG, OSTA Beijing will pay a re-visit to NDRC and discuss further details regarding the topics and arrangements. Both sides expect fruitful results at the JWG.