CCUD holds cities diagnosis seminar

Taking the EU-China urbanisation demonstration zone in Foshan as an example

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister, Li Tie

16 July 2016 – During a half day seminar at the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) in Beijing, academic and corporate experts on urban planning took a deep look into a special urbanisation project in South China: the “Foshan Demonstration Zone of EU-China Urbanisation Cooperation”, which was established in Foshan New City, Guangdong province, in 2014 with the support of CCUD and the management committee of the Sino-German Industrial Service Zone. The standards and principles applied by Foshan Demonstration Zone, drawing reference from Sino-European green cities, Industry 4.0 and Internet+, were thoroughly examined and discussed. The “Country Garden’s ECO-2 City” model, for example, is based on Southern China’s hot and rainy climate conditions and adopts solar panels, rainwater recycling and stack effect to reduce carbon emissions, building a low-carbon city with lush greeneries. Other concepts create public open spaces to meet the demands of an ever growing city population. All measures are developed as a cure for common urban diseases such as traffic jam and heavy pollution of air and water.

The experts were warmly welcomed by Li Tie, director general of CCUD and the fruitful workshop was moderated by Qiu Aijun, deputy director general of CCUD. Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA and Cecilia Rovelli, business manager at the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, also joined the seminar and contributed their views from an Austrian and European perspective.

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Talking science

Fruitful exchange on science communication with EURAXESS China

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Photo: Halldor Berg, Peter Schintlmeister, Andrea Strelcova, Julia Wang

15 July 2016 – OSTA met with representatives from EURAXESS China, Andrea Strelcova and Halldor Berg, to exchange experience on citizen science and science communication and to discuss options for future cooperation. EURAXESS China organizes outreach events like researchers’ nights and an annual science slam in China.

A science slam is a scientific talk where researchers compete to present their work in front of a non-expert audience. Such a slam is a way to familiarize a broader public with the engaging and fascinating side of research.

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7th EU-China policy dialogue on ICT

Coming together to develop and improve cooperation strategies

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Photo: Chen Yin, vice minister Huai Jinpeng, Xie Shaofeng (all MIIT)

14 July 2016 – High-ranking representatives of the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT) and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) came together in Beijing for the 7th EU-China policy dialogue on ICT. OSTA, together with diplomats from other EU member states such as Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom, joined the meeting as an observer.

Agenda items inter alia contained topics of special interest to Austria like urbanisation and R&D on ICT. ICT will be the topic of the third joint call between FFG and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). The call and a preceding visit of experts on ICT from Austria to China are scheduled for early 2017.

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JPI Urban Europe and CCUD signed an agreement in the presence of Li Keqiang and Jean-Claude Juncker

The signing ceremony took place in the Great Hall of the People

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Photo: Jean-Claude Juncker, Li Keqiang, Hans-Guenther Schwarz, Li Tie

13 July 2016 – JPI Urban Europe (JPI UE) and China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) signed a memorandum of understanding to intensify the partnership in the field of urbanisation. The formal ceremony took place during the 18th EU-China Summit in the presence of China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The agreement was signed by Mr. Li Tie, director general of CCUD and Mr. Hans-Guenther Schwarz, BMVIT, policy coordinator of JPI UE on behalf of Mr. Ingolf Schaedler, BMVIT, chair of the Governing Board of JPI UE.

The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe was set up in 2010 to strengthen European research and innovation in the field of urban development.

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Ecoforum in Guiyang 2016 – a new era of Eco-Civilization

Advancing green development, unifying knowledge and action

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Photo: Irene Giner-Reichl, Chen Yongfeng, Elisabeth Rysanek, Peter Schintlmeister, Hans Friederich, Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, Hermann Maier, Ralf Bredl

10 July 2016 – This year’s Eco Forum Global Annual Conference was held in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in Southwest China, from 9-10 July. Under the heading “Embracing a new era of Eco-Civilization: advancing green development, unifying knowledge and action”, China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) gave a keynote at the opening ceremony. He stressed China’s determination to work with other countries to achieve the UN sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Leaders from countries like Switzerland, Kenya and Papua New Guinea also shared their views on ecological issues.

At the Austrian subforum “Promoting resource efficiency through regulation and sustainable technologies”, former Austrian Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament, Maria Rauch-Kallat, delivered a speech about environmental legislation and related policy in Austria. During the following discussion, which was moderated by the Austrian Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl, the panelists Ralf Bredl, UNIDO Country Director China, Chen Yongfeng from the Austrian Consulate General in Guangzhou, Dr. Hermann Maier, CEO of gridlab, Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, chairman of ICLEI Urban Agendas, Dr. Hans Friederich, director general of INBAR, Peter Schintlmeister, Counsellor for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, and Elisabeth Rysanek, Attachée for Agriculture and Environment, talked about possible Sino-Austrian cooperation on green development and climate change. The discussion was enriched by statements of Prof. Cao Jianhua, Director of the Institute of Energy Economics of the Shanghai University of Finance, Prof. Fei Zhibing, Vice President of Shangdong Yongtai and a representative of Geely Auto Group. High ranking local officials such as Zhang Yingwei from the Guizhou Development and Reform Commission and Yuan Zhou from the Standing Committee of Guizhou Provincial People’s Congress attended the Austrian subforum.

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OSTA visits China Association for Science and Technology

Discussion about the CAST visit to Austria and chance for further cooperation

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Photo: Zhang Jiansheng, Peter Schintlmeister

1 July 2016 – Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and had a fruitful talk with Dr. Zhang Jiansheng, director general of the department of international affairs. In September 2016, a delegation led by Dr. Shang Yong, executive vice president and chief executive secretary of CAST, will visit Austria to get a further understanding of the Austrian science and technology landscape. During the talk, both sides expressed their interest in deepening the Sino-Austrian cooperation.

CAST is an umbrella organization in science and technology of China. It is composed of various academic and professional societies and acts as an important driving force for the development of science and technology. Currently, CAST has more than 200 societies and more than 5 million individual members.

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Final preparations for an agreement between JPI Urban Europe and CCUD

Workshop on urban development in Beijing

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From right to left: Berry Bonenkamp, Liu Yue, Margit Noll, Hans-Guenther Schwarz, Qiu Aijun, Tone Woie Alstadheim, Peter Schintlmeister

30 June 2016 – A delegation of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI UE), led by senior advisor for international STI cooperation, Prof. Manfred Horvat from the Vienna University of Technology, came together with high-ranking officials from the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) in Beijing for a joint workshop on urbanization. During fruitful talks, final strokes were made for a memorandum of understanding, which will be signed in the near future.

Austrian experts are strongly engaged in the work of JPI UE: Margit Noll from FFG, chair of the JPI UE management board, and Hans-Guenther Schwarz from the BMVIT, policy coordinator of JPI UE, were also part of the delegation.

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Delegation of JPI Urban Europe visits China

Deepening EU-China cooperation on urbanisation

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Photo: Berry Bonenkamp, Manfred Horvat, Laurent Bochereau, Margit Noll, Hans-Guenther Schwarz, Peter Schintlmeister

28 June 2016 – During a weeks visit to Beijing and Shanghai, a delegation of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI UE), led by Prof. Manfred Horvat from the Vienna University of Technology, meets with Chinese representatives from ministries, urbanisation departments and research entities such as the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), Shanghai S&T Commission, Tongji University, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), CAS Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (CAS RCEES) and the Development Research Center (DRC).

Laurent Bochereau, minister counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to China and head of Science, Technology and Environment Section, warmly welcomed the experts of JPI UE in Beijing. A discussion was held on how to integrate Chinese partners into future JPI UE joint calls. The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe was set up in 2010 to strengthen European research and innovation in the field of urban development.

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Extending Sino-Austrian cooperation in Lympedema Therapy

The Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in Hangzhou held a seminar together with Lohmann & Rauscher 

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Photo: Georg Votava explains European health care management

25 June 2016 – At the opening ceremony of the two days seminar on lymphedema therapy, organized by the Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in Hangzhou, the general manager of Lohmann & Rauscher China, Mr. Georg Votava, and expert on wound management, Dr. Thomas Eberlein, explained the European university course “complex decongestive therapy” and gave insight into the health care system in Austria. The education and training seminar was attended by medical doctors, nurses and researchers from Chinese hospitals. Within the network of the Institute for technology-based Education in Health, Management and Social Service International (IHM), which combines several Austrian and European ministries, as well as Austrian and international research institutes and universities of applied sciences, Lohmann & Rauscher work together with Chinese partners to establish vocational training courses such as “lymphedema therapist” and “train the trainer” in China. OSTA delivered greetings to the audience.

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Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair

2016 theme: “Innovation Leading to Win-win Cooperation”

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister, Marcus Ullmann, Gernot Grimm

24 June 2016 – The Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair took place from 24-26 June. More than 1.000 participants from China and abroad, including government leaders, representatives from 36 international cities, world-renowned scientists such as Edmund S. Phelps (Nobel Prize for Economics 2006) and Arthur B. McDonald (Nobel Prize for Physics 2015), diplomats, entrepreneurs and investors attended the event.

Dr. Gernot Grimm, head of staff group for technology transfer and security research at the BMVIT, delivered a keynote at the China-Europe Innovation Cooperation Forum. Linz – a sister city of Chengdu – was represented by deputy mayor, Mr. Detlef Wimmer, and further officials, the director of Linz airport, university professors and entrepreneurs of the city of Linz.

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