Austria Online Technology Innovation Showcase

A concentrated display of the high-quality innovation achievements of Austria and Zhejiang Province in the field of smart cities

Foto: Austria Online Technology Innovation Showcase

On August 4, 2020, an Online event “Austria Online Technology Innovation Showcase”  jointly hosted by the Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Cooperation Center and the Austrian StartUp “Silk Road 4.0” kicked off in Hangzhou with the support of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Peking) and the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Science and Technology. Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, Mr. Philipp Agathonos thanked te organizers for the innovative approach to bilateral cooperation to cope with the COVID-19 restrictions at his opening remarks. Ms. Elisabeth Mindlberger from Advantage Austria (Shanghai Office) also addressed the participants.

A total of 7 Austrian and 4 Chinese Projects presented their innovations in the area of “Cyber Security under the background of Industry 4.0” and “Realizing the traceability of the product cycle through digital technology”. The projects promoted in this cloud event coverd among others Artificial intelligence technology, unmanned vehicle applications and urban functions. The event demonstrated the high-quality innovation achievements of Austria and the Province Zhejiang in the field of smart cities and attracted great attention from enterprises, universities and related institutions from China and Austria due to its high innovation and broad industry prospects.

At the meeting, the two parties fully affirmed the scientific and technological innovation cooperation achievements of Zhejiang and Austria since the signing of the memorandum of science and technology cooperation in 2018 in the area of smart cities, and underlined their willingness to continue carrying out in-depth comprehensive cooperation in production, education and research and promoting more cooperation results.


Online Seminar Belt and Road Sustainable Cities

Building Livable Cities in Post-COVID-19 Time

In the afternoon of July 8, 2020, an online seminar on Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Building livable Cities in Post-COVID-19 Time was organized by the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the Chengdu Municipal People´s Government, and the ICLEI- Local Government for Sustainability in cooperation with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Energy Foundation and the City Alliance, led by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). More than 200 people from 7 countries took part in the online seminar. 24 representatives from national and international organizations spoke on various topics at the seminar, one third of them are Chinese government representatives and two thirds representatives of international organizations, foreign cities or organizations. From Austria, Mr. Ernst Woller, President of the Vienna Parliament and Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Director of the Science and Technology Department of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing were invited as speakers at the online seminar. The seminar was an opportunity to take stock of various topics, such as the creation of new development spaces and a livable environment, when expanding cities, building beautiful garden cities and safeguarding a high level of health care.


The next events in this field will be the 4th high-level International forum on sustainable urban development and the Chengdu Initiative on Livable Cities for the Belt and Road Sustainable Cities Alliance, which will take place in Chengdu from November 16 to 18 2020.


China launches international collaborative projects to support research & innovation in response to COVID-19

The fourth Call for proposals on international collaborative projects addressing COVID-19 published by MOST

The Chinese Ministry for Science and Technology (MOST) published its fourth call for proposals to fund international collaborative projects addressing COVID-19. For the first time, the participation of non-Chinese entities based outside of China mainland is allowed, and, even more, constitutes a requirement for project proposals to be eligible for funding. Foreign participants will not be financially supported by MOST and will have to come with their own funding to cover the cost of their participation in the project, with the exception of the purchase of some equipment not available in China.

A maximum of 37 projects covering 11 tasks in the areas of drugs, vaccines, test reagents and TCM can be funded. The total national budget to be allocated to this call is RMB 100 million. The project duration should not exceed two years.

Applicant entities are requested to submit online proposals via the National S&T Information System ( The online submission will remain open until 31 August 2020 16:00.


European Forum Alpbach 2020” Selection-Interviews for Chinese Students in cooperation with the OeAD office in Shanghai

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) 2020 will take place from August 23rd until September 3rd. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most of the sessions will be conducted online. EFA connects since 1945 international decision-makers from all sectors of society with interested experts and committed young people.  The EFA 2020, the 75th Edition of the Forum, is devoted to the social foundations of democracy, cohesion and diversity.

In cooperation with the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) and annually nominated universities in China the EFA Foundation will invite 22 students from China to attend the EFA 2020. Having received more than 70 applications, forwarded by different top universities, Ms.Alexandra Wagner, Head of Office Austrian Center Shanghai and Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) jointly conducted 65online selection interviews during the first part of June 2020 and forwarded the results to the EFA foundations, which makes the final selection of scholarship allocation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful candidates will be attending EFA 2020 online and will take part in the Forum in Alpbach next year provide that EFA 2021 will be allowed to invite international students.


“European Forum Alpbach 2020” in cooperation with OeAD Shanghai

Supported by OSTA

European Forum Alpbach 2020 – China Scholarship Programme “Fundamentals”

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture since 1945, held in Alpbach. The annual Forum has been addressing the relevant social-political questions. Every year, over 650 young people from about 100 nationalities can attend this leading interdisciplinary conference and a variety of academic seminars.

In cooperation with the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH) in Shanghai and the partner universities in China, supported by OSTA, the European Forum Alpbach Foundation invites around 25 students from China to Alpbach. The main goal is to reach out to highly talented young people, who will make the Chinese perspective visible in Alpbach and who are interested in becoming part of an international network dedicated to fostering regional and international dialogue and cooperation.

Eligible applicants are required to first submit their application to the Foreign Affairs Office of their universities by March 31.



OSTA’s New Year Reception 2020

Photo: Opening Remarks by Philipp Agathonos and Max Pfeiler

Photo: Mezzo-Soprano Ms. Anna Agathonos

On 17 January 2020, the traditional New Year’s Reception was jointly held by the Science and Technology Section (OSTA Beijing) and the Technology Office of the Austrian Embassy at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA and Mr. Max Pfeiler, Head of Technology Office jointly opened the reception and welcomed partners from the public administration, universities, research institutions, leading high-tech companies, the diplomatic corps and particularly our alumni, who are an important link between Austria and China and guests, who traveled from Chengdu, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong to join us at the Austrian embassy. Special thanks was given to the leading Austrian applied research organization, the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, which is a close partner of OSTA.

After the opening remarks, Ms. Anna Agathonos, a Mezzo-Soprano working in Germany, gave a 30-minutes recital with popular Austrian melodies and received a warm applause at the end, which triggered an encore from her native Greece. All 100 guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality in a wonderful atmosphere and used the opportunity for some intense networking.



OSTA attended the press conference of the 2nd Global Industrial Internet Conference

More opportunities between Austrian and Zhejiang Province

Photo: Mr Agathonos holding a speech

06 December 2019 – Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA, attended the press conference of the 2nd Global Industrial Internet Conference and China International Industrial Internet Expo 2020 (GIIC 2020) in China World Summit Wing in Beijing. Mr Agathonos made a brief invervention as international cooperation partner, in which he underlined the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fields of smart city and ICT between Austria and the Zhejiang Province, as well as friendly relationship with the cities of Jiaxing, Tongxiang and Wuzhen. Mr Agathonos addes that the bilateral cooperation between Austria and China also focuses on new material, nano technology, digital security and safety, as well as startups.

The GIIC 2020 is co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), China Federation of Industrial Economics, Chinese Institute of Electronics, the municipality of the city Tongxiang, and will be held between 16.-18. April 2020 in Wuzhen, the permanent site for the World Internet Conference.



Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) visits UIBE

Exchange on cooperation possibilities between both universities

Photo:MCI visits UIBE

22 November 2019 – The Head of Department and Studies, Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Prof. Dr. Peter J. Mirski, and the Head of Research & Development, Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Prof. Dr. Michael Kraxner visited the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) accompanied by the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Peking). They were warmly welcomed by the Dean of UIBE-Research-Academy Chengdu, Executive Director of the Austrian Cultural Center of the UIBE, Prof. FENG Xiaohu and Ms. XIANG Jie, Deputy Director of International Relations.

After briefings by the two universities, the possibilities of cooperation, especially in the area of student exchange were discussed. Both sides expressed great interest in cooperating at University level and identified the contact persons from both sides for further discussion of the next steps.

Prof. FENG also referred to the Beijing Humboldt Forum, which was hosted by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and co-organized by organizations including the Austrian Embassy Beijing and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OOE) and cordially invited the MCI to attend the next Forum 2020. Prof. FENG will visit Vienna in January 2020. Taking this opportunity he will visit the MCI to have further exchanges on the cooperation matters.


OSTA attends the 1st World 5G Convention in Beijing

Combining 5G-Society and security

Photo: Mr Leopold delivers a keynote speech

21 November 2019 – On behalf of the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift, Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister of Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA, and Mr Helmut Leopold, Head of Center for Digital Safety & Security, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, attended the opening ceremony and the main forum of the 1st World 5G Convention in Beijing Etrong International Exhinition & Convention Center. Mr Leopold also attended the 5G Security Forum in the afternoon and held a keynote speech on „5G and critical infrastructures – a holistic security perspective”.

The World 5G Convention was jointly hosted by People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, National Development of and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The opening session included prominent speaker such as Mr YIN Yong, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and Vice Mayor of Beijing, Mr CAI Qi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Commitee, Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Mr WANG Zhigang, Minister of MOST, Mr MIAO Wei, Minister of MIIT and Mr Nicolas Chapuis, EU ambassador to China. More than 400 delegates from 40 countries and territories participated in the event.



ICT delegation visits China in 2019

Austrian scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of ICT visit China

Photo: Group photo in Hangzhou Dianzi University

17 November 2019 – On behalf of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and in cooperation with AC Shanghai, OSTA organized an ICT delegation trip to Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing from November 17th to 22nd 2019. On the one hand, the trip was to prepare the joint call between the FFG and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which is planned for early 2020, and on the other hand to support the scientific and business exchange of the Austrian delegation with CAS institutes, universities and Chinese entrepreneurs. The delegation was headed by Mr. Alexander Pogany, representative of the BMVIT, and by Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for science and technology and director of OSTA.

Some of the delegation had previously attended the China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) in Shenzhen. On the eve of the official start of the program, the Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU) held a welcome banquet for the delegation as an expression of the university’s close cooperation with Austria, in particular with the company M.U.T, with which the HDU operates a joint research center. The program in Hangzhou started with a seminar on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Economy in the conference room of HDU. Central topics of the seminar were AI, secure data transfer platforms, deep learning, visual computing and autonomous driving technology.

In Jiaxing, the delegation visited the Yangtze Delta Institute of Tsinghua University and Institute 36 of CETC (China Electronics Technology Corporation). Both partners are already cooperating with Austria. CETC 36 is the main operator of CETC Europe based in Graz.

In Shanghai, the delegation visited the USTC Shanghai Institute for Advanced Studie of CAS, which is headed by the former student of Prof. Anton Zeilinger, Prof. PAN Jianwei. The delegation then visited the company Sense Time Shanghai. AC Shanghai held a reception for the delegation and Chinese partners from the Shanghai area. On the next day, the delegation visited the Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology Shanghai (SIMIT), which also belongs to the CAS. Intensive individual B2B, SCI2SCI and SCI2B discussions were held.

The Roundtable in Nanjing was jointly organized with Nanjing University (NJU). Scientists from the NJU reported on their research results in the ICT field and the Austrian delegation also gave presentations on the current state of research, which opened up new collaborations for both sides. This was also followed by SCI2SCI and B2B discussions, enabling a networking opportunity.

In Beijing, a seminar was organized in cooperation with the Institute of Computing Technology, CAS (ICT CAS). In addition to the presentations by the Austrian delegation, scientists from the ICT, CAS also reported on their research areas, in which they would like to cooperate with Austrian scientists. The seminar opened an intensive exchange between the Austrian and Chinese scientists and showed good opportunities for cooperation. During the evening reception, which was held at the Austrian embassy, the Austrian and Chinese partners could continue to discuss about their cooperation projects.

The whole delegation trip offered an excellent platform for Austrian and Chinese companies and research institutions to make new contacts and intensify existing collaborations. There was also a good opportunity for Austrian companies to get to know new business partners. The scientific exchange was also intensified.