Preparing the 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University
A workshop on Graphene will be held on 20 June 2016 at the Vienna University of Technology to present Austrian and Chinese expertise and to discuss joint research projects for the 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University. Mr Alexander Pogany at the BMVIT is responsible for the workshop. For further information please contact OSTA.
Foundations of Data Science with focus on Big Data Management
The Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at Graz University of Technology is seeking applications for the position of a professorship for Foundations of Data Science with focus on Big Data Management at the Institute of Knowledge Technologies. The successful candidate will hold a §98 UG professorship with a duration of 5 years. After a successful evaluation an unlimited contract is foreseen. The chosen application domain for this professorship is Smart Production / Industry 4.0.
Preparing a visit to Austrian research institutes
Photo: Julia Wang, Yan Kai, Peter Schintlmeister, Li Qiyue, Lu Yunfan
9 May 2016 – A delegation of Invest Shenzhen visited OSTA in preparation of their journey to Vienna later this month. Invest Shenzhen intends to visit Austrian research institutes and companies mainly in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and nanotechnology, who are interested in a cooperation with Shenzhen.
The 3rd phase of Sino-Austrian cooperation on Traditional Chinese Medicine starts
6 May 2016 – Nine joint research projects in the field of “Quality assessment, as well as metabolic, immune related, and neuromodulatory effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbs” were selected for three years (2016-2019) to be funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWFW) and the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS), in the framework of the cooperation between the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU) and CACMS. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Bauer from the TCM Research Center Graz of University of Graz coordinates the projects, which involve ten Chinese universities and research institutes and principal investigators from seven Austrian universities.
The TCM Research Cluster Austria and the Sino-Austrian Collaborating Centre for Chinese Medicine have already performed joint research projects on “TCM and Age-related diseases” (2008-2011) and on “Prevention and early intervention of chronic diseases by TCM” (2013-2015).
The change became effective on 1 May
Photo: Peter Schintlmeister, Helmut Spitzl
We warmly welcome back Peter Schintlmeister to Beijing. On 29 April 2016, Helmut Spitzl, who has been director since January 2015, handed over the “keys” of OSTA office to his successor.
Peter Schintlmeister, senior expert for life sciences in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), has more than 15 years of experience in the Austrian science and technology system. Beyond his responsibilities on national level, he enjoyed chairmanship at international entities such as the OECD Working Party on Bio- Nano- and Converging Technologies, the European Commission’s Advisory Group on bio-based products and the ERA-NET EuroTransBio. In 2013, he already has been contributing to the establishment of OSTA as a deputy director. Peter Schintlmeister has returned to Beijing, where he will be Counsellor for Science and Technology and director of OSTA ad interim.
Taking steps towards a joint Lymphedema Therapist vocational training program
Photo: Helmut Spitzl at the opening ceremony at Longhua Hospital of Shanghai University of TCM
On 19 April 2016, the acting director of OSTA, Helmut Spitzl, represented the Austrian Embassy at the opening ceremony for a cooperation between the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) and the Longhua Hospital of SHUTCM with Lohmann & Rauscher and the Institute for technology-based Education in Health, Management and social Services International (IHM). The cooperation aims at establishing a joint “Lymphedema Therapist” vocational training program. In Austria, the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum cooperates with IHM, Lohmann & Rauscher and the Center for Lymphology at the LKH Hospital Wolfsberg on complex decongestive therapy. The SHUTCM is one of China’s oldest and highest ranking universities for Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In 2008, the first phase of the TCM Research Cluster Austria, an interdisciplinary TCM research platform of Austrian universities based on a Memorandum between the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet and the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, was launched. Ever since, TCM has become an increasingly important topic in Sino-Austrian cooperation.
Discussing future cooperation on smart cities
Photo: Helmut Spitzl, Dorothee Jokiel, Karen Jiang
On 14 April 2016, acting director of OSTA, Mr Helmut Spitzl, met with Ms Karen JIANG, Assistant Director of the Innovation and Technology Development Office, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Beijing to explore existing funding possibilities and academic networks as well as to define possible next steps towards a cooperation in the field of smart cities.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is strong in areas such as aviation engineering, safety monitoring for railways, smart cities and food safety. It ranked 9th in the world and 1st in Hong Kong in engineering research disciplines, according to the Best Global Universities Rankings 2015 by the U.S. News and World Report.
Intensifying long-standing university cooperation
Photo (by TU Graz): TU Graz Rector Harald Kainz, head of liaison office Clara Fischer, Senate President Yang Xianjin of Tongji University
On 12 April 2016, the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) opened a liaison office at its strategic partner, Tongji University, in Shanghai. Besides promoting exchange among students and staff, TU Graz aims at starting new cooperation projects and strengthening technical collaboration. The ongoing cooperation between the two universities covers fields such as architecture and planning, engineering, automotive engineering and railway engineering.
Tongji University is one of China’s TOP 30 universities. It has also established S&T cooperation with other Austrian universities, such as Vienna University of Technology in the field of architecture and planning.
Giving insight into science and technology in China
Photo: Students with Ursula Pregernig (right) and Helmut Spitzl (middle) at OSTA Beijing
On 23 March 2016, acting director of OSTA, Mr Helmut Spitzl, welcomed 14 students from Vienna University of Economics and Business at the OSTA office in Beijing. The students, led by research and teaching assistant at the Institute for International Business, Ms Ursula Pregernig, are on a two-week study visit in cooperation with Tsinghua University. Helmut Spitzl shared his experience and presented key facts and figures on S&T in China.
The event marks a first highlight on the occasion of the anniversary
Photo: Former Chinese Ambassadors to Austria Liu Changye, Yang Chengxu, Lu Yonghua, Hu Benyao (from left to right) and Helmut Spitzl (middle)
On March 22, the acting director of OSTA Beijing, Mr Helmut Spitzl, attended the reception to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic ties between Austria and China, which was hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in Beijing.