OSTA accompanies the Vice Mayor of Vienna

Inspiration between Vienna and Beijing

Photo: Vice Mayor of Vienna, Ms Vassilakou and Vice Mayor of Beijing, Mr Sui

06 May 2019 – On request by HE, Ambassador Friedrich Stift, OSTA has accompanied a delegation of the City of Vienna led by Vice Mayor Ms Maria Vassilakou during their stay in Beijing. On the first day of the visit Ms Vassilakou and Ambassadot Stift met with the Vice Mayor of Beijing, Mr Sui Zhenjiang, who attached great importance to the regular exchanges between the two capital cities.

The delegation then met with the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Planning and Natural Resources and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. The two sides exchanged information and views on current development and future plans in the fields of smart city quarters, urban planning and traffic management. They agreed to deepen their collaboration during the upcoming seminar with experts from Beijing during their visit to Vienna in the second half of June.

The delegation paid visits to several sites, including a smart urban quarter, the Jiu Long Community, Shuang Jing subdistrict (13 Community) of Chaoyang District, the Qingtang Wan subsidized housing community in Haidian District, the Beijing Municipal Transportation Operations Coordination Center (TOCC) and the new Shougang High-end Industry Comprehensive Service Parc, previously the main steel production facility in China, which is now serving as the centre for the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics. Ms Vassilakou also visited the Huawei Executive Briefing Center.



Workshop on the cooperation between Austria and the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Photo: Mr. Wang Zhenyu, Deputy Director General of Bureau of International Co-operation Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Photo: signing ceremony (CAS Official Website)

27 April 2019 – On the occasion of the signing ceremony of the „Cooperation Agreement between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Research Cooperation for the duration 2020 – 2025“ between the CAS and FFG during the official visit of chancellor Kurz in China, OSTA organized a workshop for the journalists at the Austrian Embassy. The event began with a presentation from Mr. Philipp Agathonos and was followed with a speech given by Mr. Wang Zhenyu. The audience was comprised of journalists representing different media outlets from Austria.

Mr. Wang Zhenyu gave detailed overview and insight on China as a key player in R&D in several technology fields and on Austrian-Chinese Cooperation on these issues.

After completing his speech, Mr. Wang Zhenyu took ample time to answer several questions asked by the audience.

The workshop was an excellent opportunity for networking and exchanges between the participants.


OSTA meets Sichuan FAO

Inviting Austria as Guest of Honor for the “High-Tech Expo” in Mianyang

Photo: Group photo

25 April 2019 – On behalf of Ambassador Friedrich Stift, Mr Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, received representatives of the Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) of Sichuan Province at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. Mr TANG Rui, Deputy Director General of Sichuan FAO, gave a brief introduction of Mianyang City and the Sichuan Province, and invited Austria to attend the 7th China Science & Technology City International High-Tech Expo in Mianyang as Guest of Honor. As follow-up to the successful state visit by the Austrian Federal President and the Austrian Federal Chancellor to China (including Chengdu) last year and with the perspective of a fruitful cooperation between Austria and Sichuan in various aspects, Mr Pfeiler expressed sincere thanks to the invitation and mentioned the upcoming delegation of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), which will pay a visit to Chengdu and Mianyang on 20 May, 2019. The preparations for this visit are conducted in close collaboration with the commercial section of the Austrian Consulate General in Chengdu. Both sides expected further progress following this visit.

The High-Tech Expo, co-organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST) and the People’s Government of Sichuan Province, will take place from 5th to 8th September 2019 in Mianyang, which is well known as the second largest city and S&T hotspot of the Sichuan Province.



OSTA visited Jiaxing FAO

Preparations for the coming Austrian Technology Day in Jiaxing

Photo: Booklet of the Austrian Technology Day in Jiaxing

22 April 2019 – Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) visited the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Jiaxing Municipal Peoples Government.

Both sides reviewed the ongoing cooperation within the framework of the FFG-Zhejiang Joint Call and the exchange based on the MoU signed between Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) and Nanhu District of Jiaxing. Mr. Agathonos introduced the successful holding of the Austrian Technology Day in Hangzhou last year and its particularly positive influence for the bilateral cooperation between Zhejiang and Austria.  Jiaxing expressed their strong willingness to host an Austrian Technology Day including sites visit on the 22, May in Jiaxing.

During the meeting both sides held fruitful discussion about the preparatory works for the event and agreed on the main topics: Passive Houses and Energy, Quarters & Sound Insulation, Water Quality Measurement and Treatment & Waste Management and Equipment, Smart Traffic Management & VR tools for the Automobile Industry.



Mr. Ernst Woller visited CCUD

Sharing successful experience on social housing in Vienna

Photo: Mr. Woller giving the presentation

16 April 2019 – On the invitation by China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD) of the NDRC, Mr. Ernst Woller, the first President of the Parliament of the Province of Vienna, accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited CCUD. Mr. Woller held a very informative presentation about the social housing system in Vienna. Ms. Qiu Aijun, the deputy director general and more than 20 researchers of CCUD participated at the workshop. Ms. Qiu thanked Mr. Woller for his presentation and said, that the long history of social housing and valuable experience of the City of Vienna is an excellent example, which can serve an a reference for the Chinese cities in exploring and developing new method to improve the living conditions for their citizens.

After the workshop Mr. Agathonos and Ms. Qiu held an informal exchange of views on the current cooperation projects between Austria and China in the field of urban development. Ms. Qiu also invited Mr. Agathonos and the Ambassador Stift to the upcoming fifth EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovative Industry Development in Tianjin.


OSTA visits the Windoor City in Gaobeidian

Preparation for the 23rd International Passive House Conference

Photo: Group photo

16 April 2019 – Mr Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, and Ms Weiss, Senior Technology Adviser, visited the Windoor City in Gaobeidian, Province Hebei, where the 23rd International Passive House Conference will take place in September this year. OSTA was welcomed by Mr NI Haiqiong, CEO of Orient Sundar Group, Chairman of Shunda Moser Window&Door Co, Ltd., and Mr LIU Guanghui, Deputy Secretary of the Working Committee and Administrative Committee of Gaobeidian Economic Development Zone, and visited the Window and Door Museum, the production sites and the Eco-City (Passive House Museum). OSTA held fruitful talks with the representatives and will make efforts to support the Passive House Conference 2019.



Possible cooperation with the EIB to promote high-tech Made in Austria

EIB support for projects in China

Photo: Logo of EIB

05 April 2019 – Director of OSTA Beijing, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, meets with Mr. Alain Nadeau, Head of the EIB Representation to China and Mongolia.

Purpose of this visit was to elaborate possible ways of collaboration in the implementation of Austrian technology projects in China. Nadeau explained that the EIB acts as a non-commercial bank since 1958 and operates around 50 regional offices in Europe and beyond, since 2016 in China. With its main focus in Europe, the EIB supports projects of European interest also in China, mainly aiming at contributing to the fulfilment of the COP21 Climate targets. EIB has three stands of activity: (1) lending as its main purpose, (2) funding, (3) being the major contributor to the EIF (European Investment Funds) to support SMEs

Agathonos presented the focus of Austrian technology cooperation with China and the role of OSTA Beijing. The Austrian projects described are in the thematic interest of the activities of the EIB in China but are relatively short term R&D-related projects, while the EIB aims at larger longer-term investments. However, promising ways of collaboration could be identified: (1) OSTA to flag promising Austrian projects to EIB that could be further developed; (2) EIB to explain EIB-processes and contributes with its expertise in project implementation; (3) the ongoing Austrian collaboration with NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China), could be utilized to promote the implementation of Austrian projects.



Ambassador Stift meets the District Government Gulou, Nanjing

Paving the way for STI cooperation between Austria and Nanjing

Photo: Group photo with Ambassador Stift

April 03, 2019 – Accompanied by OSTA, Ambassador Friedrich Stift met representatives from the People’s Government of Gulou District, Nanjing.

The delegation of the Gulou district was headed by Chief Executive Mr WU Wei, who informed the ambassador about his plans to pay a visit to Austria at the end of the month, with the purpose to facilitate science and innovation cooperation between Nanjing and Austria. He pointed out that half of Nanjings Universities and academic scholars are based in the Gulou district. Ambassador Stift and Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, emphasized the importance of the ongoing bilateral cooperation between Austria and China and assured Mr Wu that the embassy and OSTA in particular will provide the necessary support. Ambassador Stift and Mr Agathonos were also invited to attend the Nanjing Innovation Week, which will take place from June 26 – 30 in Nanjing.

Both sides expressed their interest in establishing a cooperation mechanism between Austria and Nanjing in the future. Further work arrangements in detail will be carried out by OSTA.



The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 continues to Wuhan and Chongqing

Identifying new STI collaborations with China

Photo: Group photo in Chongqing

March 26, 2019 – The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 continues to its second cluster, Wuhan and Chongqing. In Wuhan, the event was opened by Dr. Philippe Vialatte, Minister Counsellor, Head of the Science and Technology Section, Delegation of the European Union to China, Mr. DU Yun, Deputy Director General of Hubei Provincial S&T Department, and Mr. XIE Xiaolin, Vice President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, the Nederlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and EURAXESS participated in this event. They introduced their current collaboration status quo on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for EU and bilateral cooperation with China. During the training session of Horizon 2020, the MSCA – Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – was introduced by Mr Matteo Sabini, that Chinese institution can act as non-funded partner organisations to establish and strengthen collaborations with European partners. Representatives of the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC), affiliate to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), also gave an overview of new opportunities of China-EU STI cooperation as well as policies and application rules for China-EU CFM projects.

On March 28, the tour continued successfully to Chongqing, where the Chongqing Municipal S&T Bureau cordially granted relief to all tour activities.


The 2019 China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour has been launched

Presenting the Austrian STI collaborations with China

Photo: Group Photo of EU Delegation, EU MS, MOST, CSTEC and Shandong Provincial Government

12 March 2019 – The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 has been launched in Jinan, Shandong Province. The launching event was opened by Mr ZHANG Zhuxiu, Director General of Shandong Provincial Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, and Mr Nicolas Chapius, the EU Ambassador to China. Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, Germany, Latvia, Italy and EURAXESS participated in this event. They introduced their current collaboration status quo on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for EU and bilateral cooperation with China. Chinese representatives of the Ministry of Science and Technology and its affiliated China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) also gave an overview of China-EU cooperation policies and further opportunities.

On the following day, the event continued successfully to Qingdao where the local S&T authorities and the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (Chiniese Academy of Sciences) cordially granted relief to all tour activities.