Possible cooperation with the EIB to promote high-tech Made in Austria

EIB support for projects in China

Photo: Logo of EIB

05 April 2019 – Director of OSTA Beijing, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, meets with Mr. Alain Nadeau, Head of the EIB Representation to China and Mongolia.

Purpose of this visit was to elaborate possible ways of collaboration in the implementation of Austrian technology projects in China. Nadeau explained that the EIB acts as a non-commercial bank since 1958 and operates around 50 regional offices in Europe and beyond, since 2016 in China. With its main focus in Europe, the EIB supports projects of European interest also in China, mainly aiming at contributing to the fulfilment of the COP21 Climate targets. EIB has three stands of activity: (1) lending as its main purpose, (2) funding, (3) being the major contributor to the EIF (European Investment Funds) to support SMEs

Agathonos presented the focus of Austrian technology cooperation with China and the role of OSTA Beijing. The Austrian projects described are in the thematic interest of the activities of the EIB in China but are relatively short term R&D-related projects, while the EIB aims at larger longer-term investments. However, promising ways of collaboration could be identified: (1) OSTA to flag promising Austrian projects to EIB that could be further developed; (2) EIB to explain EIB-processes and contributes with its expertise in project implementation; (3) the ongoing Austrian collaboration with NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China), could be utilized to promote the implementation of Austrian projects.



Ambassador Stift meets the District Government Gulou, Nanjing

Paving the way for STI cooperation between Austria and Nanjing

Photo: Group photo with Ambassador Stift

April 03, 2019 – Accompanied by OSTA, Ambassador Friedrich Stift met representatives from the People’s Government of Gulou District, Nanjing.

The delegation of the Gulou district was headed by Chief Executive Mr WU Wei, who informed the ambassador about his plans to pay a visit to Austria at the end of the month, with the purpose to facilitate science and innovation cooperation between Nanjing and Austria. He pointed out that half of Nanjings Universities and academic scholars are based in the Gulou district. Ambassador Stift and Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, emphasized the importance of the ongoing bilateral cooperation between Austria and China and assured Mr Wu that the embassy and OSTA in particular will provide the necessary support. Ambassador Stift and Mr Agathonos were also invited to attend the Nanjing Innovation Week, which will take place from June 26 – 30 in Nanjing.

Both sides expressed their interest in establishing a cooperation mechanism between Austria and Nanjing in the future. Further work arrangements in detail will be carried out by OSTA.



1. Joint Call: Zhejiang – Austria Research Initiative

Launch of the Collaboration 

The 1st Joint Call of the Zhejiang Province – Austria Research Initiative, which is jointly funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and by the Zhejiang Science and Technology Department of the Provincial Government (ZSTD), was launched on February 25. The call for Cooperative R&D projects aims at supporting jointly identified research topics with mutual interests and scientific excellence based on the cooperation agreement between the ZSTD and FFG signed on April 10, 2018.

This call will facilitate research collaboration between companies and scientific institutions based in Zhejiang and Austria with a focus on tangible and substantial impacts on key areas in the field of Smart Cities Applicants need to refer to at least one of the following topics: 1. ICT for smart cities 2. Green and sustaniable buildings 3. Smart energy systems 4. Smart moblity.

The application deadline is June 14 at 12:00 C.E.T..




Advanced Materials – The 5th bilateral joint call between CAS and FFG started

Fruitful cooperation between the Chinese and the Austrian research institutions

Photo: Logos of BMVIT and CAS

The 5th bilateral joint call between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) was launched on January, 30 2019. The aim of this Austrian-Chinese Cooperative R&D Project is to support jointly identified research topics on advanced materials with mutual interests and scientific excellence based on the existing cooperation agreement between FFG and CAS. The joint research proposal must address at least one of the following topics: 1. Renewable Materials 2. Materials for energy and processing 3. 3D-printing 4. Material characterization 5. Surfaces and coatings 6. Nanomedicine and nanosafety. The application deadline is at 5:00 p.m. 10th May 2019 (Beijing time).



Starting the cooperation with Chengdu in the new year

Photo: Group photo

23 January 2019 – Ms Segree Dai, the president of the EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) Chengdu and her team visited OSTA at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of OSTA, and Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, discussed potential cooperation for the year of 2019 with the representatives of EUPIC. Both sides exchanged the latest information and current plans and expressed the readiness to carry out the preparation in detail as soon as the schedule of upcoming events has been confirmed.

OSTA focuses on the Tech Scale-up Summit and the EU-China Fair in Chengdu and plans to organize workshops or more activities in the margin of the events with Austrian delegations.



OSTA attends the new year reception of WRSA

Networking between alumni from Austria and Germany

Photo: Mr Agathonos held an opening speech at the reception

19 January 2019 – The Sub-Association of Chinese Academics from Germany and Austria of the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) organized its new year reception 2019 with over 150 alumni in Beijing. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of OSTA, attended the reception and gave an opening speech.

WRSA is a national association of returned Chinese students from overseas and has more than 220,000 members. It connects more than 100 associations of Chinese scholars overseas.



OSTA attends the 5th HRH Salon

Promoting healthcare cooperation 

Photo: Group photo

16 January 2019 – The Health Human Resources Development Center (HHRDC) of the National Health Commission and the Chaoyang Health and Family Planning Commission of Beijing Municipality organized the 5th HRH Salon, “Blood Donation and Emergency Aid”. The Chinese representatives lectured on the blood donation and management of Beijing and Chaoyang District.

Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, took part in the event and presented the current system of blood donation and emergency aid in Austria. Representatives of the British, Australian, Dutch, Italian, and Canadian Embassies also introduced related topics.

HRH Salon events are dedicated to global healthcare cooperation.



OSTA’s New Year Reception 2019

Showing our gratitude to Partners and Alumni at the Austrian Embassy

Photo: OSTA´s New Year reception

On 15 January 2019, the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing) successfully held its traditional New Year’s Reception at the Austrian Embassy. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA opened the reception expressing his gratitude to our partners in the public administration, in university and research institutions and leading high-tech companies. He particularly welcomed our alumni, who an important link between Austria and China and the guests, who traveled from Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Chengdu and Shenzhen to spend an evening at the Austrian embassy. All in all over 130 guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality and used the opportunity for some intense networking.


Christmas party in Beijing

Communicating between Alumni from Austria and Germany

Photo: OSTA as Co-Organizer

Photo: Christmas-Party

On 23th Dez.  KayTrip, a Chinese Travel Agency with a growing focus on the (Central) European market, organized its annual Christmas party in Beijing and invited the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy (OSTA Beijing), the German Embassy, the Sub Association of the Western Returned Scholars Association and the Economic Development zone of the city of Xingtai to act as co-organizers. More than 200 Participants came together to enjoy traditional Chinese music and Glühwein served at Christmas markets across Central Europe.



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. 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, Urban 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.