Students from Upper Austria visit The Austrian Embassy in Beijing

Discussion and Exchange about the relationships between Austria, Europe and China


Photo: Margarethe Überwimmer, Philipp Agathonos with the students

16 October 2018 – Almost 35 students of global sales and marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OÖ) visited Beijing from 14-20 October 2018. On October 16th the students were warmly welcomed at the residence of the Austrian Embassy Beijing by Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA), who gave them insights on the S&T landscape of China and the Sino-Austrian S&T cooperation. Following the presentation Mr Agathonos had a long discussion with the students about the relationships between Austria, Europe and China.

OSTA also arranged on the following day a field trip for the students to Huawei, the well-known leading enterprise in the field of information and communication in China.

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Silk Road 4.0

A promotional private initiative where adventure meets technology


Photo: Philipe Reinisch, Philipp Agathonos, Emanuel Lehner-Telič

Mr. Philipe Reinisch, Co-founder of the Austrian Internet of Things Network and initiator of the Project “Silk Road 4.0” was invited by Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) and Mr Emanuel Lehner-Telic, Asia regional manager of Austrian Tourism  on October 12th to the residence of The Austrian Embassy in Beijing to report from his travel on a motorcycle along the Silk Road from Vienna to China as part of his Silk Road 4.0 Project.

With Silkroad 4.0, Philipe Reinisch carried out a 10,000-kilometre journey by motorbike along the Silk Road from Austria to China during the summer months of 2018. The tour started in April 2018 in Vienna. In the summer of 2017, a pre-tour took place in Europe, where he traveled 6000 kilometer through 15 European countries in two months. The mission of the project Silk Road 4.0 was to “bring technology from all over Europe, give it a stage and show what is already possible” and to show when and where the latest technology is already being featured.

The impressing presentation was followed by a lively discussion and exchange of views. Mr Reinisch also gave an extensive Interview to Guangming Daily.

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Meeting with the Chengdu DRC and S&T Department

Preparing Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu 

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Photo:Bilateral talks with Chengdu DRC and S&T Department 

20 September 2018 – An Austrian Delegation, headed by Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA, accompanied by Mr Martin Allgäuer, Consul General of Austria in Chengdu, met representatives of the Chengdu Municipal Development and Reform Commission and the Chengdu Municipal Science and Technology Department. Both sides exchanged opinions regarding specific cooperation fields and possibility of co-hosting the event Austrian Technology Day, which will presumably take place on 05 November in Chengdu.

Focused on the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport and actual urban development of Chengdu, Mr Agathonos “offered” „Aeropolis“ (border control, crowd-management), environmental technologies (drinking water management, wastewater management, CO² conversion technology, passive house), mobility (smart transport system) and disaster management (Geo-mapping) etc. as possible cooperation fields between Austria and Chengdu.

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Meeting with the Sichuan S&T Department

Exploring further cooperation fields and preparing Austrian Technology Day

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Photo: Lin, Thenmayer, Zanetta, Agathonos, Liu, Allgäuer, Zhao in front of Austrian booth on WCIF

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Photo: Bilateral talks on margin of WCIF

20 September 2018 – In the margin of WCIF – Western China International Fair, Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA and Mr Martin Allgäuer, Consul General of Austria in Chengdu met the Director General of Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province, Mr LIU Dong. Mr Agathonos firstly presented the Austrian booth to DG Liu and both sides subsequently held fruitful talks regarding the possible fields for bilateral cooperation and the preparation of Austrian Technology Day, which will presumably take place on 05 November in Chengdu.

Focused on the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport and actual urban development of Chengdu, Mr Agathonos “offered” „Aeropolis“ (border control, crowd-management), environmental technologies (drinking water management, wastewater management, CO² conversion technology, passive house), mobility (smart transport system) and disaster management (Geo-mapping) etc. as possible cooperation fields between Austria and Chengdu. DG Liu agreed with the proposal and ensured the support pf his Department  for the Austrian Technology Day event.

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Austria as guest of honor for EU-China Fair and WCIF

Leading Austrian technologies become more prominent 

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Photo: Mr Agathonos presenting Austrian technologies in cyber security range on 13th EU-China Fair

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Photo: Allgäuer, Huang, Agathonos, Zanetta, Thenmayer, Austrian booth on WCIF

19 September 2018 – The 13th EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair opened in Chengdu. On invitation of the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC Chengdu), Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA attended this significant event. Following a VIP meeting with the Chengdu Municipal Government and the opening ceremony, Mr Agathonos held a keynote presentation regarding “Technological Innovation – Enabling Security and Sustainability” at the EU-China New Economy Forum. On behalf of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, He introduced OSTA and presented selected Austrian technologies portfolio in the field of digital safety and cyber security and green environmental technologies, such as the state-of-the-art digital identity border management for airport security, Blockchain forensic and DMC production based on CO², which caught great attention from attending partners. Mr Agathonos also noted, that Chengdu was the final station of the SilkRoad4.0 trip by Mr Philipe Reinisch, who traveled with a motorbike from Europe to Asia along the silk road.

On the following day, 20 September, the 17th WCIF – Western China International Fair also opened in Chengdu. Austrian booth within the EU exhibition hall, provided and set up by EUPIC free of charge gave us the chance to present OSTA, the AIT the SilkRoad4.0 project as well as the (governmental) Agency for European Integration (AEI), which signed an MoU with EUPIC. It attracted many visitors.

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Austrian Alumni Session at the Beijing Humboldt Forum 2018

Building a coherent Alumni network through exchange of experiences between the Chinese and Austrian Alumni

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The Beijing Humboldt Forum 2018 hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and co-organized with partners including the Austrian Embassy Beijing and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OOE) was held from 15. to 16. September at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. At the opening ceremony Mr. Friedrich Stift, Austrian Ambassador to China and Mongolia gave an opening speech. After his speech Ambassador Stift was appointed as Honorary Professor and Co-Director of Austrian Cultural Center at the UIBE.

On Sunday, September 16th numerous parallel sessions were held. The Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) organized for the fifth time an Austrian Alumni Session.  The international chair Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology at the Austrian Embassy Beijing, and the national chair Ms. LI Xiaoxin, Vice Director of WRSA & Director, Sub-Association of Chinese Academics from Germany and Austria of WRSA opened the Alumni Session.

More than thirty Alumni from various areas participated at the Austrian Alumni Session. Under the topic „ Science and Technology as a link between Green Economy, Cultural Heritage and Life Science“ the Alumni Session was composed of three parts. Twelve Alumni, six Chinese and six Austrian, gave presentations. The Austrian Speakers were Mr. Martin Thenmayer, Head of Unit for Liaison Services and Coordination, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Mr. Arnold Obermayr, Cultural Counsellor of Austrian Embassy Beijing, Ms. Alexandra Wagner, Head of the Austrian Center Shanghai, Mr. Wolf-Dieter Rausch, President of the Eurasia Pacific Uninet, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Mr. Dieter Hopf, director of Large Hydro Andritz and Mr. Andreas Zehetner, Vice President International Affairs, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. The Chinese Speakers were Mr. Zhao Tuanjie, Doctor in the Beijing Erlonglu Hospital, Ms. Lin Yihui, CEO of Yozao Education, Mr. Wang Likun, director assistant of Kaytrip, Mr. Liu Guangzhe, office Manager, Sino-Austrian Research Center for Environmental Protection in North West University of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr. Lin Qunhan from the Beijing Jiulong Shangyuan Health Technology Co. Ltd. and Ms. Gu Wenyan, a Ph.D candidate at Fudan University who gave a reading of an Excerpt from her newly published novella “Dimu”.

The Austrian Alumni Session at the Beijing Humboldt Forum provided a platform for Alumni to socialize and strengthen contacts and was unanimously recognized and applauded by all participants

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OSTA visits TIPCCAS in Beijing

Discussion of opportunities for further cooperation

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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.

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The Austrian Federal Chancellor visited Hong Kong

Intensifying bilateral relations in many fields

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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.

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First visit to the Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province

Brighter sights for S&T cooperations with Western China

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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.

 

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