Smart City Workshop

Intensive Exchange of views in the area of Smart City between Austria and China


Photo: Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift, Mr. Ernst Woller


Photo: Panel Discussion at the 2018 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation

On Tuesday, the December 11th a Smart City Workshop was hosted at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing by the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy (OSTA Beijing) and opened by the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift.

Mr. Ernst Woller, first President of the Parliament of the Province of Vienna was invited by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the OSTA Beijing to attend the Workshop and deliver a key note speech on the City of Vienna’s remarkable evolution over the last 100 years. Vienna now ranks first in various international ranking systems measuring quality of life and level of digitalization.

Mr. Mr. Bernhard Müller, Secretary General of the Urban Forum and former mayor of the City Wiener Neustadt also attended the event an presented his organization as well as the Agency for European Integration, a Vienna-based governmental agency set-up to manage large transnational projects.

The AIT- Austrian Institute of Technology, the largest Austrian applied research organization and the Austrian companies Swarco, Doppelmayr and Neubau, which are all present in China for several years as well as representatives from the China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD) of the NDRC, the China Academy for Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) of MoHURD and the Telekom-Giant Huawei gave informative Show-Case Presentations in the area of Smart City including cyber security, smart buildings, smart traffic and digitization.

On Wednesday 12 December, Mr. Ernst Woller, accompanied by Ambassador Stift, OSTA, AIT, Orban Forum, a representative of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and of the Research Promotion Agency participated at the 2018 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation dedicated on the planning of the Xiong’an New Area, organised by CAUPD and joined a Panel Discussion at the opening session of the event.

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Austrian delegation on Advanced Materials successfully visited China

Intensive exchange with Chinese scientists and entrepreneurs in different cities

Photo: Roundtable in TIPCCAS

Photo: Visit to the Shanghai University

A delegation with 18 Austrian experts on advanced materials from excellent Austrian universities and representatives from Austrian companies successfully visited China from 11-16 November 2018. The visit was organized by the Office of Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing (OSAT) in collaboration with Advantage Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). The main purpose of the delegation visit was identifying additional potential cooperation partners and preparing for the upcoming joint calls: the fifth joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and the fourth joint call between FFG and the Shanghai University.

During the visit, Sino-Austrian Roundtables on Advanced Materials, lab visits and individual science to science and business to business meetings were arranged with Chinese researchers from different renowned CAS institutes: the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science (IMRCAS) in Shenyang, the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) in Beijing, the Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology of the Chinese Academy of Science (CNITECH) in Ningbo, the Shanghai University and the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) as well as numerous Chinese companies.

The visit offered an excellent opportunity for the Austrian participants to exchange information with their potential cooperation partners, to gain deeper insights into their research areas and to get closer contact with each other.

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Minister Schramböck attends the first China International Import Expo

Deepening the pragmatic cooperation with China


Photo: Minister Schramböck and Minister Miao

04-07 November 2018 – The Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), Dr. Margarete Schramböck led an Austrian delegation to participate in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai and was accompanied among others by Dr. Friedrich Stift, Austrian Ambassador to China, Consul General Ms Brigitte Robinson-Seyrlehner and Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of Office of Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA).

Minister Schramböck attended the Opening Ceremony of CIIE and opened the Austrian National Pavilion, organized by Advantage Austria and paid a visit to individual company pavilions to explore the business investment situation of Austrian enterprises in China.

In the margings of the CIIE Minister Schramböck met with Mr Miao Wei, Minister of Industry and Information Technology of China. Minister Schramböck underlined the importance the Austrian side attaches to strengthening cooperation with China in particular in the areas of trade, innovation and digital economy. The CIIE presents an opportunity to Austrian companies to offer more products and services in the Chinese market. Both sides also exchanged views on the “Belt & Road” initiative and e-commerce cooperation.

 

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MIIT (CN)
CIIE

The Second Part of the Austrian Technology Day: Hangzhou

“Tecxport” Initiative in Hangzhou


Photo: Mr Philipp Agathonos, Director of OSTA, opened the event

07 November 2018 – The second part of the Austrian Technology Day took place at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Hangzhou. The event was hosted by the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). Furthermore, the Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province (ZJST), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Office of Science and Technology (OSTA), the Commercial Section of the Austrian Consulate General Shanghai and the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) acted as co-organisers for the Austrian Technology Day.

The Austrian Technology Day was opened by Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing and Director of OSTA, Mr Song Zhiheng, Deputy Director General of the (ZJST), Mr Alexander Unkart, BMVIT, Ms Lisa Kronreif, Austrian Vice Consul for Commercial Affairs in Shanghai and Mr Christian Frey, Head of Tecxport Initiative of FFG.

The event gathered over 160 participants from Austria and China exchanging their experiences and identifying potential cooperations in the fields of Smart Urban Development, Digital Economy and Intelligent Manufacturing, Environment, Energy, Life Science and Other. The Austrian Representatives consisted of 12 Austrian technology-oriented companies and research organisations (ATC, BT Seals Austria, Getzner, GWT, Lumitech, Neubau, M-U-T, Austrian State Printing Office, S::CAN, Geodata, AIT and FFG) and presented various state-of-the-art Austrian technologies, products and services. 6 Chinese companies also held topic-specific presentations. Participants from the Chinese side came from local government, S&T organizations and over 80 enterprises. At the end of the event, participants of both sides were given the opportunity to find potential partners at networking tea break and lunch buffet.

The Austrian Technology Day in Hangzhou is the next step of a successful cooperation with Chinese stakeholders and highlighted the appreciation of both countries for each other.

 

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BMVIT
FFG
ATC
AIT
Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province (CN)

A partner agreement between GIN and Chinaccelerator was signed

New opportunities for start-ups, investors and accelerators


Photo: Minister Schramböck, Agathonos and GIN and China Accelerator representatives after the Signing Ceremony

06 November 2018 – To strengthen the cooperation between Austria and China, a partnership agreement between Global Incubator Network (GIN) Austria with Chinaccelerator, one of the country’s most successful startup accelerators, was signed in Shanghai on the margins of the CIIE in the presence of Austrian Ambassador to China, Dr. Friedrich Stift. Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), Dr. Margarete Schramböck and Philipp Agathonos, Director of OSTA congratulated the signatories.

The agreement aims to support innovative start-ups and investors on both sides and marks the extension of the GIN-programme, which until now covered Israel, Singapore, Hongkong, the Republic of Korea and Japan to mainland China.

 

 

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BMDW
GIN
CIIE

The first Joint Working Group Meeting between ATC and Jiaxing Nanhu District

Further enhance cooperation in the field of smart city 


Photo: The first Joint Working Group Meeting between ATC and Jiaxing Nanhu District

06 November 2018 – The first Joint Working Group Meeting between the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) and the Nanhu District of Jiaxing City was successfully held in Jiaxing Science City. The Austrian delegation was headed by Mr Alexander Unkart, from the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria (BMVIT). The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr CAO Jiandi, Director of Development and Reform Bureau (DRC) of Nanhu District and Mr ZHOU Chuangen, Deputy Director of DRC Nanhu and included representatives from urban planning organisations.

Both sides held in-depth discussions regarding the cooperation in the field of smart city. Following a general introduction of Nanhu District and Jiaxing Science City, Mr Tino Terraneo, CEO of ATC held an informative presentation on smart city solutions, focusing on urban planning, smart mobility, smart energy, urban farming, green city, urban environment, E-Government, E-Health, safety and security, etc. Ms Sandra Schneider from the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) also introduced a new generation of urban planning tools and methods, such as rapid prototyping of cities, infrastructure and districts. Active and constructive talks were held after the presentations.

 

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BMVIT
ATC
AIT
Jiaxing Science City (CN)

Austrian Technology Day 2018 finished the first stop in Chengdu

“Tecxport” achieved a futher step


Photo: Mr Martin Allgäuer, Austrian Consul General in Chengdu opened the event

05 November 2018 – The Austrian Technology Day 2018 (Chengdu), which was organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province, co-organized by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Office of Science and Technology (OSTA), Austrian Consulate General Chengdu Commercial Section and Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC), was successfully held at the Centre for China-Europe Cooperation (CCEC) managed by the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC).

The Austrian Technology Day (Chengdu) was opened by Mr Martin Allgäuer, Austrian Consul General in Chengdu; Mr JING Shigang, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province; Mr Alexander Unkart, BMVIT; Ms Segree Dai, President of EUPIC and Ms Birgit Murr, Austrian Consul for Commercial Affairs in Chengdu. Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, moderated the event.

This event gathered over 120 participants from both Austria and China, who discussed the following areas of possible cooperation: “Aeropolis” (Chengdu Tianfu International Airport), Environment & Energy and Urban Development & Disaster prevention. Representatives from 12 Austrian technology-oriented companies and research organisations (ATC, BT Seals Austria, Getzner, GWT, Lumitech, Neubau, M-U-T, Austrian State Printing Office, RISE, Geodata, AIT and FFG), held interesting presentations during the event, presenting various state-of-the-art Austrian technologies, products and services. Participants from the Chinese side came from local government, S&T organizations and over 40 companies. 6 Chinese companies also held presentations at each topic. On the margin of the event, participants of both sides were able to find potential partners at networking tea break and lunch buffet.

The Austrian Technology Day 2018 in Chengdu offered another outstanding opportunity for information exchange and further technology cooperation between Austria and Sichuan.

 

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BMVIT
FFG
ATC
AIT
Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province (CN)
EUPIC

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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