Discussion of opportunities for further cooperation
In preparation for the Austrian delegation trip in the field of Advanced Materials which will take place in November 2018 in close cooperation with CAS, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) on 12. September and had an exchange of views with Deputy Director Mr. WANG Xuesong. Both sides reviewed the successful Chinese-Austrian round table on advanced materials in 2016 and agreed to co-organize a one-day event including lab visit, science-to-science talks and B2B meetings this year.
Intensifying bilateral relations in many fields
Photo: Minister Hofer visiting HKSTP
The Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visited Hong Kong from 31. August to 2. September 2018. He was accompanied by Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Heinz Faßmann, Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Margarete Schramböck, Minister of Digitalisation and Economics and the President of the Austrian Economic Chamber, Harald Mahrer. The visit aimed at deepening the bilateral cooperation in particular in the areas of education, scientific research and technological innovation. On August 31, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, met with Chancellor Kurz and the three Federal Ministers at the Government House of Hong Kong. Following that meeting the three ministers had a frank exchange of views with the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr. Nicholas YANG. Ms Schramböck and Mr Faßmann also had meetings with their counterparts, Mr Bernard CHAN, Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, Secretary for Education. On September 1, the delegation visited i.a. Cyberport, the Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and the Application Innovation Center of Lenzing in Hong Kong. The office for Science and Technology in Beijing supported the Austrian General Consulate in Hongkong in preparation of the visit.
Brighter sights for S&T cooperations with Western China
Photo: Meeting between BMVIT and SCST
02 August 2018 – Mr. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Innovation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Dr. Margit Noll, Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe, and Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, paid a first visit to the Science and Technology Department of the Sichuan Province (SCST) in Chengdu. Both sides held fruitful talks and reached a deeper understanding during their meeting. Mr Schädler held a presentation on Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) in Austria by introducing the state-of-the-art examples on smart city and emphasized the important role of BMVIT and FFG. Mr. Chen Xuehua, Deputy Director General of SCST presented the S&T achievements and developments as well as current international cooperations of the Province Sichuan. Both sides discussed the common interests on potential cooperation fields. Mr. Pfeiler reported on the next Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu scheduled for the autumn and SCST expressed its readiness to support this project.
Austria as an Innovation Leader in Sustainable Urban Development
Photo: HE Ambassador Dr. Stift held a presentation on the forum
01 August 2018 – The 2nd High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development, organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), was opened in Chengdu. HE Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift held a presentation on Austrian cases of sustainable urban development with the example of the Smart City of Vienna. Mr. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Innovation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, delivered a speech at the event and introduced the EU – Joint Programming Initiative URBAN EUROPE, underlying that new ways of citizens participation in urban development will be needed in order to tap the full potential of technology driven innovation within cities. Dr. Margit Noll, Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe, also held a presentation on Sustainable Urban Development. Deputy Director of OSTA, Mr. Max Pfeiler also attended the Forum and assisted the representatives from Austria.
Determing the potential topics for the Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong
Photo: Jack Lui, Franz Rößler, Max Pfeiler and Wynne Wong
12 July 2018 – After the visit of a Delegation from the Austrian Region of Burgenland led by Governor Hans Niessl in June, Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied by Mr. Franz Roessler, Austrian Trade Commissioner in Hongkong, paid another visit to the Hongkong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Ms Karen Jiang, Assistant Director of Innovation and Technology Development, Innovation and Technology Development Office (ITDO), Ms Sini Liu, Manager of ITDO and Ms Wynne Wong, Senior Manager of International Affairs Office (IAO), greeted the Austrian Delegation at the meeting.
PolyU presented the current cooperation with Burgenland, other European universities and research organisations. OSTA introduced and outlined the intended Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong, which will be hosted by the Austrian Promotion Agency and co-hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and OSTA. PolyU kindly provided suggestions and expressed its interest to the coming event. Furthermore, the student exchange program was also a main topic of the meeting.
Presenting seven innovative tech-startups from Austria
Photo: Startup company Artivive presents AR solution
11 July 2018 – Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, took part in the Austrian Startup Nite 2018 in Hongkong, which was hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Hongkong in cooperation with the Austrian Global Incubator Network (GIN).
The Program Managers of GIN, Ms Annamaria Andres and Ms Carina Margreiter, introduced the startup ecosystem of Austria as well as the GoAustria Program and GoAsia Initiative. Seven highly innovative tech-startups of Austria – Artivive, Connect, Insider Navigation, Prewave, SCIO, SIMAX and Visual Vertigo – represented technologies in various fields during the Pitch and Switch event.
The Startup Nite goHongKong 2018 brought together startups, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, incubators and tech-innovators from all around the world and enabled the experience exchange of the masterminds.
Understanding the software industry development in China
Photo: Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing, held welcoming speech
On the 29 of June 2018, the 22nd China International Software Expo was opened at Beijing Exhibition Center. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology attended the global summit forum of software industry development.
The Expo was hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Beijing Municipal People’s Government. Miao Wei, Minister of MIIT and Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing delivered welcoming speeches. The forum gathered representatives from nearly 400 companies, officials from 18 Chinese local administrations and 11 foreign embassies, discussing software development, big data and information technology.
deeping the strategic partnership between Burgenland and Hunan Province
Photo: Hans Niessl, XU Dazhe
10 June 2018 – A Delegation of the Province of Burgenland and BMVIT, composed by Mr Hans Niessl (Governor), Mr Christian Illedits (President of the Provincial Parliament), Mr Alexander Petschnig (Vice Governor), Mr Gernot Grimm (Head of the Staff Group Technology Transfer) and other officials paid a visit to China from 10th to 17th of June 2018. The delegation stopped at first in Hongkong and Jieyang in order to meet several high level officials and take part in commercial forums.
On the 13th of June the Burgenland Delegation met Mr XU Dazhe (Governor of Hunan Province) accompanied by OSTA and Cultural Section of the Austrian Embassy, in Changsha and had fruitful talks about the long term established partnership of both sides. On the next day companies from Burgenland attended a business forum and promoted their advantageous technologies in the fields of energy efficiency and water treatment.
On the following days the Delegation made stops in the cities of Zhangjiajie and Shanghai. In Zhangjiajie the Mayor of the city of Mörbisch in Burgenland signed a partnership agreement with the Mayor of Zhangjiajie.
Moderating the S&T Forum
Photo: Philipp Agathonos
08 June 2018 – A delegation led by the Chengdu Hi-tech Zone and EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) visited Austria and participated at the Austrian-China S&T Cooperation Forum which was hosted by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and the Austrian Promotion Agency. A group of Chinese officials also used this opportunity to meet representatives of several Austrian Ministries (BMVIT, BMDW and BMBWF) and the Global Incubator Network, which supports international Start-up cooperation. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), supported the delegation in terms of moderating the event and facilitating the visit of the delegation to the AIT and the ÖBB Open Innovation Centre.