Lanzhou Science and High-Tech Achievement Expo 2016

Meeting to promote “High-Tech Silk Road” in Lanzhou

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Photo: Zamir Awan, Badir Almusharrekh, Peter Schintlmeister, Laurent Bochereau, Hao Yuan

24 September 2016 – Following an invitation of the S&T department of the city of Lanzhou and Gansu province, representatives of the EU delegation, Austria and Sweden, as well as from several non-European countries, attended the Lanzhou Science and High-Tech Achievement Expo 2016. Under the heading of “High-Tech Silk Road”, the representatives were warmly welcomed by the vice governor of Gansu, Prof. HAO Yuan. Peter Schintlmeister presented Sino-Austrian exchange in science and technology.

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OSTA presents at EU Outreach Event in Lanzhou

The EU Info Day attracted more than 200 people

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister presents opportunities for research collaboration with Austria

23 September 2016 – In the frame of an EU Information Day, the workshop “Where Europe and China connect” was held at the UNIDO International Solar Energy Center for Technology Promotion and Transfer (UNIDO-ISEC) in Lanzhou. Representatives of the EU delegation and Austria exchanged information on S&T policies and international cooperation programmes with local S&T authorities.

The seminar included a visit to the renowned Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute (LVRI), which is known for the development of vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease and conducts joint research with EU partners. The event was organized by the EU delegation in cooperation with China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC).

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Austrian Alumni Session at Beijing Humboldt Forum 2016

Nine speakers with manifold professional background delivered inspiring speeches

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister, Li Jingjing, Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl, Andreas Zehetner at the closing ceremony

18 September 2016 – In the framework of the Beijing Humboldt Forum 2016, which was held from 16 to 19 September at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, OSTA had – for the second time already – the honor to organize an Austrian Alumni Session. Under the heading “Fostering Cultural Heritage through S&T Exchange”, 27 experts from China and Austria, who studied or worked in Austria or China, respectively, came together to catch up with other Alumni.

The Alumni were warmly welcomed by Prof. Feng Xiaohu, general secretary of the Beijing Humboldt Forum, Prof. Zhao Zhensheng, vice chairman of the Chinese Overseas-Scholars from Germany and Austria Section of the Western Returned Scholar Association (WRSA) and Peter Schintlmeister. Nine speakers, Arnold Obermayr, Li Jingjing, Prof. Wolf-Dieter Rausch, Prof. Zhao Zhensheng, Prof. Andreas Zehetner, Dr. Jiang Dechun, Prof. Alfred Pitterle, Prof. Zhang Lixiao and Peter Schintlmeister, who looked back on up to 38 years of bilateral cooperation, focused on personal experience, cultural aspects such as opera and music, and environmental protection. After the session, all Alumni were invited to participate in the closing ceremony of the Beijing Humboldt Forum.

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OSTA meets new DDG at CAS

Discussion about the ongoing cooperation between CAS and FFG and the upcoming ICT delegation

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Photo: CAO Dianwen, Peter Schintlmeister

13 September 2016 – Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and was warmly welcomed by Mr. CAO Dianwen, new Deputy Director-General of its Bureau of International Cooperation. In a friendly atmosphere, matters about the cooperation between CAS and FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) were discussed. The ongoing cooperation is deemed to run very smoothly and both sides expressed their interest in a continuation.

Currently a MoU between CAS and FFG is in force, signed in 2015 and agreeing on the implementation of three joint calls. Projects of the first call 2015 in the area of Nanotechnology are already being conducted. Presently projects of the second call in the area of Advanced Materials are being shortlisted for funding and preparations for the third call in the area of ICT are being made.

An Austrian delegation of scientists, researchers and other experts in ICT will come to China in March 2017, visit possible stakeholders and discuss potential cooperation projects. This trip will be realized in close cooperation with CAS, which will also suggest relevant institutes and organisations of interest for the visit.

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UN-MCSR visits OSTA

Linking Austria to the silk road

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister, Omar Abdelrahman, Wu Jianbo

12 September 2016 – UN-Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities Alliance (UN-MCSR) is a platform supported by UN agencies to serve cities and enterprises along the ancient silk roads. Representatives of the Committee of Smart Cities & New Industries met in a fruitful exchange with Peter Schintlmeister, Counsellor for Science and Technology and director of OSTA. UN-MCSR expressed strong interest in cooperation with Austria within its remit. A Vienna-Chongqing Culture Festival will be held in Chongqing from 16 to 19 October 2016, co-organized by UN-MCSR and the Austrian Embassy’s Cultural Forum in Beijing. Moreover a cooperation with the city of Vienna is planned. Discussions with OSTA covered the possibilities to extend the collaboration in scientific and technological areas.

UN MCSR is an initiative of five member organizations of the United Nations (UNDP, UNIDO, UNOSSC, UNESCO and UNWTO) and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). Launched in September 2015, UN MCSR focuses on development projects along the Chinese “One Belt, one Road “strategy.

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EU-China dialogue on migration and mobility support project

Promoting researchers’ mobility between EU and China

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Photo: group photo of Chinese and European participants

8 September 2016 – 64.000 researchers are participating in exchange programs between China and European Union. To better promote researchers’ mobility, a two-day forum was organized by International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Labour Organization. Representatives from EU and related Chinese authorities such as Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration of Ministry of Public Security, State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) and Centre for China & Globalization (CCG) introduced their policy and practical measures facilitating exchange of researchers in detail. Experience and views was shared by both sides. Chinese partners also explained the implication of the new visa reform for researchers and talents. On the second day, the forum was concluded with a visit to Zhongguancun and testimonials of a European and a Chinese researcher.

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Infineon Technologies visits OSTA

Connecting China with Austrian innovative technology

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Photo: Su Hua, Verena Yu, Sabine Herlitschka, Peter Schintlmeister, Liu Jian

5 September 2016 – World-class semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies visited OSTA. Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO & CTO of Infineon Technolgies Austria, Dr. Su Hua, president & managing director of Infineon Technologies China and his colleague Liu Jian, director of department for government relations and public affairs introduced Infineon’s effort in promoting technological innovation as well as providing practical solutions. Working closely with the Chinese academia, Infineon Technologies is now deepening the connection to China. In a cordial atmosphere experiences and views on cooperating with China were exchanged with Peter Schintlmeister, Counsellor for Science and Technology and director of OSTA.

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Austrian delegation on life sciences visits Guangdong

Exploring collaboration with South China

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Photo: Prof. Beatrix Kuen-Krismer, Bernhard Koch, Peter Schintlmeister, Dietmar Schwank, Prof. Georg Dorfner, Jürgen Fuchs, Johannes Sarx

30 August 2016 – An Austrian delegation with experts on life sciences, biotechnology and medical technology arrived in Shenzhen after visiting Taipei and began their trip in Guangdong Province.

On 31 August 2016, the Shenzhen-Austria Life Science & Biotech Forum was held in Shenzhen with distinguished guests from the Chinese and Austrian government, organizations and enterprises. After a comprehensive introduction about the life science industry in Shenzhen and Austria, the Austrian delegation had intensive B2B talks with the Chinese participants. Peter Schintlmeister, Counsellor for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, gave a brief overview on Sino-Austrian science and technology cooperation at the forum. In the afternoon, the delegation members had a visit to BGI Genomics company which is one of the world’s most prestigious centers for genetic analysis. On 1 September 2016, the trip was continued in Guangzhou with visit to Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health (GIBH) and Sun Yat-Sen University. After the fruitful exchange with the Chinese colleagues, the Austrian delegation successfully concluded their visit to Guangdong and left for Shanghai.

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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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