The 1st EU-China Tech Scale-up Summit opens in Chengdu

OSTA participates in this event

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Photo: Company presentation on the summit 

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Photo: Mr Agathonos, President Segree Dai and Ms Lara Zheng on discussion

Following an invitation by the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC), Minister Plenipotentiary Agathonos attended the 1st EU-China Tech Scale-up Summit in Chengdu, which was organized with the support of the management committee of Chengdu High-tech Zone (CDHT) at the Headquarters of EUPIC. Other Co-organizer included Tech Tour, the International Venture Club and the European Network of Research and Innovation Centers and Hubs (ENRICH), China. This event attracted numerous CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors on the Networking Night on May 19. More than 20 companies gave presentations in the fields of Sustainability and Health on the Innovation Project Roadshow on May 19. B2B Matchmaking meetings were subsequently held.

On the margins of the event, Mr Agathonos met with Ms Segree Dai, the President of EUPIC (Chengdu) to discuss the preparation of the upcoming visit by a EUPIC-led delegation to Vienna on 8 June 2018, the possible assistance by EUPIC to boost the smart-city cooperation between Austria and the Tianfu New Area, the Austrian participation at the EU-CN Business and Technology Cooperation Fair to be held in Qingdao and Chengdu in September 2018 and the next edition of the Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu. Mr Agathonos also met Ms CHEN Xiaolin, Director of the publicity department of Youxian District committee, Mianyang and invited companies from Mianyang to participate at the next Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu. The possible site visits in Mianyang in the margins of the Technology Day will be further explored at a later stage.

 

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2018 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Fruitful participation and information exchange of the BMVIT with Chinese city representatives

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Photo: Inaugural ceremony of the “Horizon 2020” EU-China Sustainable Urbanization Pairing Cities

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Photo: bilateral meeting between BMVIT and chinese city representatives

18 Mai 2018 – The fourth EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development & EU-China Intelligent Technology Innovation Summit organized by the China Center of Urban Development (CCUD) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) took place in Tianjin. More than 300 city representatives, experts, high-tech corporate leaders and media elites both from China and Europe participated at the forum and exchanged ideas on technological innovation, smart cities and related topics.

Mr. Gernot Grimm, Head for Technology Transfer and Security Research, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Director for the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing participated in thematic panel discussions. The Austrian Institute of Technology – AIT and the Austrian Technology Corporation – ATC were also present at the event and were asked to hold presentations.

During the forum BMVIT also held several bilateral meetings with the vice mayor of Jiaxing Nanhu New Area, the Chief Ingenieur of the Construction Committee of City of Huangshi, the vice director of the Changde Administrative Committee and the vice mayor of the Changbaishan Chibei Area and discussed opportunities for cooperation.

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BMVIT visits Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Information exchange about joint programs in the framework of bilateral cooperation agreement

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Photo: Mr. DONG Keqin, Mr. JIANG Xiaowei, Mr. Alexander Unkart, Mr. Philipp Agathonos

16 Mai 2018 – A delegation of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology represented by Mr. Alexander Unkart who was accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the Ministry of Science and Technology and met Mr. JIANG Xiaowei, Consultant of the MOST and Mr. DONG Keqin, Director at the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) and other representatives of MOST and CSTEC. Main topic of the fruitful discussions was the implementation of the cooperation agreement between MOST and BMVIT signed on 8 April 2018 and the definition of a roadmap for the first call for joint projects due in the first half of 2019. Both sides were confident, that their cooperation will be successful.

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Cultural and scientific delegation visited China

Enhancing dialogues and exchanges between Austria and China

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Photo: the reception at the Austrian Embassy

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Photo: Planting Ceremony during visit in Zhige

Austrian Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen with a 250-person-strong delegation has paid a state visit to China from 7 to 12 April 2018. The delegation also included a cultural and scientific delegation with more than 30 high-ranking members from distinguished Austrian universities and organizations. The Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Beijing accompanied the delegation during their visits in Beijing and in Province Sichuan.

In Beijing, the delegation visited sites and monuments, like the Great Wall and the Lama Temple, as well as contemporary art clusters like the 798 Art Zone. They also visited the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, where the delegation got an overview of the long history, the current developments and future planning of the city Beijing.

On the 9th April, OSTA and the Austrian Cultural Forum co-hosted a reception at the Austrian Embassy for the cultural and scientific delegation. More than 50 Chinese officials, professors and representatives from renowned research and cultural organizations and universities also participated in the special event, which provided excellent networking opportunities for the Chinese and the Austrian guests.

A highlight of the visit in Province Sichuan was the visit to the China Zhige Peace Culture International Exchange Center (ZPCC), where the delegation got an understanding of peace culture in the region and discussed about the cooperation opportunity with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR). After this visit, the delegation attended the opening ceremony of the new Austrian consulate general in Chengdu.

In Chengdu, the delegation also accompanied the President Mr Van der Bellen and witnessed the launch of the China-Europe freight train service linking Chengdu with Austria’s capital Vienna.

Through a big variety of cultural and scientific activities in Beijing and Chengdu the delegation gained a better understanding of China’s cultural and scientific developments over the past years. The successful visit of the delegation will further intensify the scientific cooperation and cultural exchanges between Austria and China.

 

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Austrian Technology Day in Beijing

pilot initiative “Tecxport” of BMVIT promotes bilateral cooperation

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Photo: FFG signed MoU with Zhejiang Science and Technology Department (ZSTD)

On the occasion of the state visit of Austrian Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, the Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce co-organized the Austrian Technology Day in Beijing, on 10th April 2018.

Mr Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Ms Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digitalisation and Economy, Mr Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Mr Fan Hengshan, Deputy Secretary General of the National Development and Reform Commission attended the opening ceremony and witnessed the signing of eight cooperation agreements between Austria and China. During the opening session, FFG signed an MoU with the Zhejiang Science and Technology Department (ZSTD). This agreement will be an important cornerstone for the future cooperation in the field of research and development between companies and research institutions in Austria and the province Zhejiang.

The Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the FFG in cooperation with Advantage Austria has launched the pilot initiative “Tecxport” (TEChnology and eXPORT) last year. The initiative aims to facilitate the establishment of business relationships and the transfer of technology. During the Austrian Technology Day, more than 80 well-known Austrian and Chinese companies attended the event and listened to 41 company presentations on latest technologies, products and services. The topics of the presentations covered subjects from mobility technologies, over smart city technologies and green energy to production technologies.

The Austrian Technology Day was an outstanding opportunity for Austrian companies to present their technologies and find potential Chinese partners.

 

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Report of the Austrian Technology Day (German)

Federal Minister Schramböck visits Beijing

Tighter economic relationship between Austria and China


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Photo: Minister Schramböck visits Huawei Exhibition Center in Beijing

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Photo: Minister Schramböck meets Vice Minister of MIIT, CHEN Zhaoxiong

During the state visit of Austrian Federal President Van der Bellen and Federal Counsellor Sebastian Kurz to China, the Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, Dr. Margarete Schramböck visited the Huawei Beijing Exhibition Center, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Alibaba Group on Monday, 9th of April 2018. Both sides emphasized the importance of maintaining a functioning multilateral trade system and exploring the potential provided by the increase in the volume of E-Commerce.

On Tuesday, 10th of April, Minister Schramböck participated at the opening and the signing ceremony of the Austrian Technology Day co-organized by OSTA (on behalf of FFG) and Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ). She subsequently attended a bilateral meeting with representatives of the China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) and paid a visit to the Jingdong (JD) Technology Co. Ltd., where a strategic cooperation agreement was signed. During the subsequent bilateral meeting at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) she had an exchange of views on Austrian-Chinese cooperation in the field of electronic industry.

Minister Schramböck concluded her visit at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing, where she co-signed an MoU concluded between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) and attended a reception organized by OSTA with more than 40 Chinese and Austrian representatives from renowned IT-related companies, universities and institutes.

 

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Infrastructure Minister Norbert Hofer visits Beijing

More matching points in fields of infrastructure, transport, innovation and technology


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Photo: OSTA Director Philipp Agathonos, Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with MoST

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Photo: Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with CR

The Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Mr Norbert Hofer, who the accompanied the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen during his state visit to China held a series of successful bilateral meetings in Beijing. OSTA prepared and assisted Minister Hofer during his stay.

On Monday, 9 April, Minister Hofer met the President of Huawei Europe and other senior representative of the company and discussed the potential arising from the application of new technologies, in particular 5G, in the field of telecommunication as well as the Cyber Security challenges linked to technological advancement.

Minister Hofer subsequently paid a visit to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and had a frank exchange of views with the newly appointed S&T Minister Mr Zhigang WANG on how to fully exploit the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BMVIT and MoST signed in front of the Presidents of the two countries on the previous day as well as cooperation strategies in the fields of smart city, energy buildings, green technology as well as infrastructure against natural disasters. Minister Hofer also signed with Mr WANG an MoU on the mobility of researchers on behalf of the Minister for Education, Science and Research, Mr Heinz Fassmann.

Accompanied by key representatives of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Minister Hofer also paid a visit to the CRRC Corporation Limited and to China Rail (CR).  The focus of the talks lay on railway cooperation in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative and on rolling stock cooperation on freight corridors between China and Europe. Two MoUs between the ÖBB and the CRRC as well as the ÖBB and the China Railway Group (CRECG) were signed in the presence of Minister Hofer.

Minister Hofer finally visited the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and met his counterpart, minister Xiaopeng Li. Both ministers underlined the importance of transportation and logistics for today’s global economy, and emphasized the need for a coordinated and balanced development in this sector.

On Tuesday, the 10th of April, Minister Hofer opened the Austrian Technology Day, which was organized by OSTA (on behalf of the FFG) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and witnessed the signing of eight agreements between Austrian and Chinese partners.

Minister Hofer concluded his stay in Beijing at the Beijing Air Traffic Control Centre further expanding the transport cooperation from railways to aerospace.

Minister Hofer’s high-level talks in Beijing underlined that Transport, Innovation and Technology are a key element of Austria’s strategy for a closer relationship and deepened cooperation between Austria and China.

*The MoUs, which was signed by Minster Hofer in the Great Hall of the People in presence of the Austrian President Van der Bellen and the Chinese President XI Jinping, included:

(1) A Joint Declaration on the deepening of cooperation in the field of applied research and innovation between BMVIT and MoST;
(2) An Action Plan for the period 2018-2020 between BMVIT and MoT;
(3) A Common Declaration on future cooperation within regard to the silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road initiative between BMVIT and NDRC;
(4) A Memorandum of Understanding between BMVIT and SIPO.

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The sixth Joint Working Group Meeting between BMVIT and NDRC

Further enhance cooperation in the field of infrastructure technology

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Photo: The 6th Joint Working Group meeting between BMVIT and NDRC

The sixth Joint Working Group meeting between the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria (BMVIT) and the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC) was held in Beijing on the 16 March 2018. The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr. ZHENG Jian. The Austrian delegation was headed by Mr. Gernot GRIMM, Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, BMVIT.

Both sides held in-depth discussions regarding the cooperation in the field of infrastructure technology, especially focusing on Infrastructure and Urbanization, Railways & rail bound urban transport systems, Water Management, E-mobility and autonomous driving. As a special feature of this year’s Joint Working Group Meeting, representatives from nearly 20 renowned Chinese and Austrian technology companies and research institutions attended the meeting and presented their latest technologies, products and ideas for cooperation. Both sides highly esteemed the participation of representatives from companies, which will to a large extent accelerate the implementation of future cooperation projects.

The meeting featured presentations among others by the Austrian Railway Group (ÖBB), Austria Rail Engineering (ARE), the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Austrian Research Promoting Agency (FFG).

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BMVIT-Delegation visits Chengdu, Jiaxing, Hangzhou and Beijing

Preparing the state visit to China

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Photo: Ambassador Stift and the delegation at the Jiaxing Administration Center

From 5 to 17 March 2018, a delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) visited Hongkong, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Jiaxing and Beijing. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Director of the Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) accompanied the delegation in mainland China.

On 9 March, the delegation visited the Development and Reform Commission (DRC) of Chengdu, the S&T Department of the Chengdu High-Tech Zone (CDHT), the Chengdu International Railway Service Co., LTD (CDiRS) and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs (FAO). Both sides held fruitful talks about further cooperation between Austria and Chengdu in the fields of smart city, logistics, transportation and green technologies. The first direct freight train between Chengdu and Vienna will be opened to traffic during the state visit.

Ambassador Friedrich Stift and the commercial counsellor at the Austrian Consulate General in Shanghai Ms Christina Schösser attended the bilateral meetings on 12 in the city of Jiaxing. Ambassador Stift discussed with representatives of the Jiaxing Municipal Government, the local DRC, FAO and S&T departments, the potentials of collaboration and emphasized the strength of Austrian technologies in areas such as woodworking, chemical industry, advanced manufacturing and environmental technologies. More exchanges in business, talents, culture and technology, as well as education and tourism are to be expected. Jiaxing is actively looking for a twinning partner in Austria.

The delegation subsequently visited the Zhejiang Institute of Advanced Technology (ZIAT), China Academy of Science and the 36th Institute of the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC). Collaboration with these Institutes focuses on smart city, Nano technology, ICT and new materials.

On 13 of March, the delegation visited the Science and Technology Department of the Zhejiang Province (ZSTD) and the Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission in Hangzhou. BMVIT and ZSTD will promote a close applied research cooperation in fields such as information and communication technologies, smart city and environmental protection. An Memorandum of Understanding between the Austrian Promotion Agency (FFG) and ZSTD will be signed during the upcoming state visit.

In Beijing, the delegation visited the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), in order to prepare for the upcoming state visit of the Austrian President in April. The delegation also attended the 6th Joint Working Group meeting between BMVIT and NDRC, which was held in Beijing on the 16th of March 2018.

 

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OSTA attends StartmeupHK Festival in the presence of former Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy

Participating to Pitch and Share Event
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Photo: Alexander Unkart, Max Pfeiler, Harald Mahrer

01 February 2018 OSTA took part at the StartmeupHK Festival 2018 in Hongkong. Austria actively contributed by the startup “Pitch and Share Event” to the festival and was represented by a prominent guest, Mr. Harald Mahrer, former Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy. That Event was hosted by Advantage Austria in cooperation with the Austrian Global Incubator Network (GIN).

Five days, six different verticals and a major venue for Asia’s startup ecosystem: The StartmeupHK Festival 2018 brought together startups, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, incubators and tech-innovators from all around the world.

Austrian companies participated to the flagship conference Venture Forum, exchanged latest FinTech innovations at the FinTech Finals and pitched at the HealthTech Summit.

 

 

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