The 10th China Energy & Environment Summit opens

Cyber security meets critical energy infrastructure

Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a presentation on CEES

On the 1st of December 2017, the 10th China Energy & Environment Summit (CEES) opened at the Lecture Hall of University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). Following the invitation of CEES, Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos attended the Summit and held a presentation on “Cyber Security and Critical Energy Infrastructure”.

As one of the five keynote speakers on the opening, Mr Agathonos emphasized the necessity and requirement of cyber security and introduced capacity building and successful established R&D competences in the field of digital safety and security in Austria, and in particular of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. He underlined the linkages between cyber security, energy and infrastructure. Mr Agathonos also mentioned the National Cyber-Exercise for critical infrastructure operators in Austria, which took place on 6-7th of November 2017 and the Vienna Cyber Security Week, which will take place from 29th of January to 2nd February 2018 and will focus on the Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure and the Security of Smart Cities and Energing Technologies.
CEES is organized by the China Energy and Environment Research Center and China’s Economic Trends Research Institute of Economic Daily News. Supporting Organizations include the NDRC, the National Energy Administration (NEA), the Institute of International Economy of UIBE and CCUD. Mr. Shifang SUN, president of China’s Economic Trends Research Institute of Economic Daily; Mr. Zhiqin LIN, deputy chairman of CEES, Director of China Energy and Environment Research Center, Prof. of UIBE etc. participated in the summit.



2017 China-Europe Research and Innovation Tour in Hangzhou

Presenting possibilities for science and technology cooperation with Austria


Photo: Max Pfeiler held a speech about the potential cooperation with Austria

On 1 November 2017, the second station of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour 2017 was held at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Hangzhou, Province Zhejiang. Staff of OSTA, Mr Max Pfeiler, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain attended the event. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.

Chinese representatives, such as Mr. WANG Jian, Deputy Director of Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department, Mr. DONG Keqin, Director of the Division for European Affairs of MOST, Mr. ZHU Zefei, President of Hangzhou Dianzi University, participated actively in the event and announced their willingness to accelerate the EU-China cooperation activities.



Visit of CETC in Beijing

Fruitful talks about cyber security between AIT and CETC


Photo: Philipp Agathonos, Lin MA, Helmut Leopold, Haizhen WEI, Christof Tatschl, Caiyi LOU, Wen YANG.

On 30th October, following the invitation of China Electronics Technology Group Coorperation (CETC) Mr Helmut Leopold, Head of the Center for Digital Safety & Security, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), visited the CETC in Beijing. Mr Leopold was accompanied by Philipp Agathonos (Minister Plenipotentiary, director of OSTA), Colonel Christof W. Tatschl (Defence Attaché of Austria) and Lingzhi Huang (Science and Technology Officer of OSTA). Lin MA (President of Information Science Academy, CETC), Caiyi LOU (Deputy Director of the 36th Research Institute of CETC), Haizhen WEI (General Manager of CETC Europe Innovation Industry & Technology GmbH) and twenty representatives of other ten institutes of CETC, CAEIT, CETCi, CETC-ISA und China Cyber Security attended the meeting.

Helmut Leopold gave an overview of AIT, especially presenting the research achievements in the field of cyber security and existing cooperation of AIT in the framework of EU programmes . He subsequently answered questions and discussed technical difficulties and solutions with the attending experts of CETC. Mr. Agathonos gave a brief information about the Vienna Cyber Security Week, which will take place from 29th January to 2nd February 2018 at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and invited CETC representatives sincerely to this event. Mr. Ma provided constructive opinions and suggestions for the potential cooperation in related fields in the future, which was agreed and confirmed by the Austrian side.





Visit of CAS Quantum Network in Beijing

The start of commercial quantum network in China

Gruop photo

Photo: Group photo

On 27th October, Mr. Helmut Leopold, Head of Center, Digital Safety & Security, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology visited CAS Quantum Network in Beijing, which hosted the worldwide first quantum-safe video conference on September 29, 2017. Accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, director of OSTA, Mr. Leopold learned about the latest developments and achievements in the construction and operation of the quantum network in China.

The “Beijing-Shanghai backbone network”, a quantum communication network stretching over more than 2,000-kilometer from Beijing to Shanghai and connecting quantum networks in four cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and Hefei), has been officially in operation since September 2017. Currently, the quantum communication network connects government departments and banks. Mr. Shen Guofeng, the general manager of CAS Quantum Network in Beijing, also demonstrated the key devices used in the network like optical-interference device and quantum router, which were fully designed and manufactured by Chinese teams.

Mr. Leopold congratulated Mr. Shen and emphasized that international cooperation especially the exemplary cooperation between Austria and China in this field could furthermore contribute to the success of the research and commercialization of quantum communication in China.


Launch of the 2017 EU-China Research and Innovation Tour

Start of the Tour at the Italian Embassy in Beijing  


Photo: EU-China Cooperation

Beijing Event was the inaugural meeting of the “2017 EU-China Research and Innovation Tour “. It took place on 27 October 2017 in the Embassy of Italy, bringing together an audience of over 100 people. The seminar was also special because of the presence of a delegation from Brussels, led by Mr. Philippe Vialatte, acting Head of Unit at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The Austrian delegation was composed by participants both from Beijing (OSTA-Director Philipp Agathonos and Science Officers Max Pfeiler and Lothar Hahn) and Vienna (Helmut Leopold, Austrian Institute of Technology, Stefanie Nagel, Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy as well as Ralf König and Elli Tzatzanis-Stepanovic, from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

Mr. ZHU Xuehua, Deputy Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, gave a testimonial about his experience in EU-China R&I Cooperation and talked about the new Co-funding Mechanism for Chinese Participants in Horizon 2020.



ÖBB Delegation visits China

Opening new opportunities of railway cooperation between Austria and China


Photo: Thomas Kargl, Walter Ruck, Andreas Matthä, Zhenfang LIU, Friedrich Stift, Philipp Agathonos, etc.

A Delegation of the Austrian Federal Railways – ÖBB -, composed by Mr Andreas Matthä (CEO of ÖBB), Ms Bettina Gusenbauer (Head of the Office of the CEO of ÖBB), Mr Thomas Kargl (Board Member, Rail Cargo), Mr Erik Regter (Board Member, Rail Cargo) and Ms Cornelia Scherhaufer (Board Member Assistant, Rail Cargo) paid a visit to China from 23th to 26th of October 2017.

On the 23th of October the ÖBB-Delegation visited the China Railway Corporation (CRC) and the National Railway Administration (NRA) in Beijing, accompanied by HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift and the OSTA Team headed by Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos. The President of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, Mr Walter Ruck, attended the first meeting as well. The visits laid the foundation for a deeper cooperation between Austria and China in the field of railway transportation.

The ÖBB-Delegation participated on October the 24tth at the China (Hunan Province) International Rail Transit Industrial Expo & High-level Forum 2017 in Zhuzhou. CEO Matthä held a presentation on the „ÖBB and its part in international cooperation and exchanges in rail transit industry within the framework of China’s Belt and Road Initiative”. Following the presentation the ÖBB-Delegation, accompanied by OSTA, visited production sites of the CRRC.

CEO Matthä also held a presentation on the 25th of October at the EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair in Chengdu, where the ÖBB-Delegation held interesting B2B meetings, i.a. with the Chengdu Investment Group regarding the export of goods from Austria and Central Europe by railway transport to western China. In parallel, Mr Thomas Kargl gave a brief introduction of ÖBB and Rail Cargo at the Southwest University of Transportation.

On 26th of October the ÖBB-Delegation held meetings with representatives of the Shenyang and Yingkou Ports in Shanghai.



Austrian Science and Technology Days in Chengdu 2017

Photo: Group Photo

OSTA organized on October 11 and 12 the Austrian Science & Technology Days in Chengdu. The days, which were organized with the support of the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC) for the first time within the framework of the Tecxport programme of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in collaboration with the city of Chengdu and the Province of Sichuan, were opened by the Ambassador of Austria to China Mr Friedrich Stift.

Gernot Grimm (General Director in the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology), Philipp Agathonos (Director of OSTA), Christian Frey (Director at the FFG), Xuehua CHEN (Deputy Director-General of the S&T Department of Sichuan Province), Fuyi XU (Vice-Party Secretary of the Chengdu Industrial Hi-Tech Development Zone Work Group) and Tao LIN (Department Manager of the Chengdu Industrial Hi-Tech Development Zone Administrative Committee) played an active role on the first day, which was dedicated to presentations of Austrian technologies by Austrian research institutes and companies (ATC, AIT, SWARCO, MUT and Doppelmayr) in the areas of urban transport, waste management and geological disaster prevention. The presentations were followed by intense discussions between the two sides and marked out the high potential for concrete project-based cooperation.

In the evening the delegation visited the future HQ of EUPIC and attended a reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which was hosting an exhibition by Austrian and Chinese contemporary artists. The event was attended by more than twenty provincial and city government officials of Chengdu and the Province of Sichuan as well as representatives of the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and relevant universities.

On October 12 HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift met with the CPC party leader of the city of Chengdu, Ruiping FAN, and the vice-governor of Sichuan province, Hexin ZHU and had an open and constructive dialogue.


OSTA visits the Xi’an University of Architecture and the Technology and Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an

hoto: OSTA visited the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology

Photo:OSTA visited the Northwestern Polytechnical University

On 10th October 2017 a delegation from OSTA leaded by Philipp Agathonos (Director of OSTA) visited the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology and the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an in preparation for further joint programs and cooperation between them and Austrian higher education institutions.

After a guided tour through the local museum of the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology and the historical collection of construction models OSTA presented the potential of possible cooperation between Austrian and Chinese universities and research facilities. Dean DUAN Degang of the university replied with a presentation of the university, pointing out their importance for Chinese architectural development and their interest into cooperation with foreign Universities.

In the afternoon the delegation accompanied by Dr. Mariella C. Remund, Guest Professor Northwestern Polytechnic University Xian, was cordially welcomed by vice-president Zhang Weihong to the Northwestern Polytechnical University. After a short introduction by Philipp Agathonos about OSTAs tasks and goals the university representatives presented the main research fields of the university pointing out a current cooperation with the Montanuniversität Leoben.


Austrian S & T Days in Xi´an


Photo: Dr. Gernot GRIMM, Ges. Philipp Agathonos, Mr. YANG Guosheng
Photo: Group Photo

As part of the BMVIT delegation trip to China, the Austrian Science & Technology Days were organized for the first time with officials from the city of Xi’an 9th to 10th October 2017 – the Austrian Science & Technology Days were opened by Philipp Agathonos (Director of OSTA), Yang Guosheng (Vice-Secretary General of the City Government Xi’an), Gernot Grimm (General Director from the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology) and Christian Frey (Director of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency – FFG).

The event included sessions on five topics:

  • urban transportation technologies
  • urban waste management
  • retrofitting of old buildings
  • geological prevention of disasters
  • cooperation between Austria and China in the fields of Science and Research.

During every session officials from the city of Xi’an introduced their priorities for the coming years. Austrian Institutes, agencies and companies were thus able to present tailor-made solutions to address these priorities. These were: the Austrian Research Promotion Agency – FFG, the Austrian Institute of Technology – AIT, the Austrian Technology Corporation – ATC and the leading companies SWARCO, Doppelmayr and M.U.T.

The presentations were followed by intense discussions between the two sides and marked out the high potential for concrete project-based cooperation.


Quantum-safe Intercontinental Video Conference Between China and Austria

The first real-world demonstration of intercontinental quantum communication


Photo: President BAI is hosting the video conference in Beijing

On 29th September, the first quantum-safe video conference was successfully held between President BAI Chunli of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and President Anton Zeilinger of the Austria Academy of Sciences in Vienna. President BAI spoke of “a big day for mankind”, President Zeilinger was convinced, that “one day, we will be having quantum internet”.

Ambassador Friedrich Stift and Philipp Agathonos, the Director of OSTA attended the conference and congratulated the outstanding achievement of the long-lasting collaboration between Professor PAN Jianwei, an Austrian alumni, and Professor Anton Zeilinger’s group. Professor PAN recalled having first been to Austria on a scholarship of OEAD and first meeting his mentor, Professor Zeilinger, 20 years ago.

After the video conference, Ambassador Stift discussed with President BAI about the ongoing scientific cooperation between China and Austria and exchanged opinions on how to reinforce the bilateral collaboration in the future.