Geological cooperation between AIT and CGS accelerating

Further discussion about the landslide cooperation in the province of Shaanxi


Photo: OSTA meets CGS

25 November 2016 – Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the CGS for the second time this autumn following a meeting and market research trip made by CGS and the Austrian Delegation (AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology and OSTA) in October 2016 to Beijing and Lanzhou. The two sides reviewed during their fruitfull and result-orientated discussions the state of play of their cooperation in the field of Geo-hazards management and agreed to focus their activites in the coming months on Xi’an, in partnership with the Xi’an Center of Geological Survey and to work actively to strengthen the Sino-Austrian geological and scientific and technological cooperation and to promote bilateral exchanges.

In 2017 the Xi’an Center of Geological Survey, CGS will carry out personnel exchanges and joint field visits with the Austrian Institute of Technology, focusing on learning from the Austrian geological disaster management technology and advanced experience. CGS was cordially invited AIT and OSTA to visit their institute in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in the near future.


Meetings with CCUD, NRA and MOT

Deeping the future Cooperation


Photo: Max Pfeiler, Philipp Agathonos, Wang Jin, Qiu Aijun, Zhang Jinjing, Zhu Peiqi

24 November 2016 – Director of Austrian Embassy Science and Technology Section, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, visited the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), National Railway Administration (NRA) and Ministry of Transport (MoT) to discuss future cooperation  in Beijing.

On the meetings Mr. Agathonos gave an overview about his role as the director of the Science and Technology section and a brief introduction of his diplomatic career before taking over the administration of his current office. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of a close relationship between the Chinese and Austrian authorities for successful cooperation. Due to the rapid development in China, more opportunities are given for all global players acting in China. Especially in S&T sector a high percentage of undiscovered potential could be explored in the next years. Mr. Agathonos made suggestions for further cooperation such as building up cooperation platforms, introducing strategic planning, taking part in Science and Technology activities from each other and promoting Science and Technology education by hosting seminars. All three visiting authorities welcomed the ideas of future plans and are open for further meetings.



OSTA presents at China Smart City (International) Innovation Conference

Discussing international smart city development in Shenyang


Photo: Opening ceremony of China Smart City (International) Innovation Conference

12 November 2016 – Within the 3rd China Smart City (International) Innovation Conference in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province in Northeast China, Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, concluded the summit on international smart city development with a comprehensive overview on the concept of smart city and the great international cooperation potential in this field.

The summit was hosted by China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) and Smart City Development Alliance. Qiu Aijun, deputy director general of CCUD and experts from England, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India as well as international organizations attended the meeting and had a fruitful discussion. Afterwards, Philipp Agathonos gave an interview for Xinhuanet in which the Austrian konw-how and interest in a deepened collaboration was emphasized.


Philipp Agathonos is new director at OSTA

The change became effective on 1 November 2016


Photo: Peter Schintlmeister with Philipp Agathonos

1 November 2016 – Today, Peter Schintlmeister handed over the “OSTA keys” to his successor Philipp Agathonos. Peter Schintlmeister has been director of OSTA since May 2016. He is returning to Vienna to continue his work at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) on strategic national projects in life sciences and bioeconomy. It was a great pleasure to having him in Beijing, and we wish him all the best!

Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and new director of OSTA, has been working at the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA) since 2003. From 2004 to 2011, he was at the permanent Representation of Austria to the EU in Brussels, where he acted as head of Parliamentary Affairs Unit, deputy representative to the Political and Security Committee and delegate to the Civilian Crisis Management Committee. Since 2011, Philipp Agathonos has been serving as head of unit for the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) at the Security Policy Directorate in Vienna. Furthermore, within the framework of the European Security and Defense College (ESDC), Philipp Agathonos was director of several courses and seminars, with a focus on strategic planning.

We warmly welcome Philipp Agathonos to Beijing!

OSTA published report on S&T in China

Insight into the Chinese S&T landscape


31 October 2016 – The first OSTA publication about the S&T situation in China is now available online! The report deals with the extensive S&T systems in China and the new innovation strategies of this rapidly developing country. It is expected to be a good overview and source of information for those who has interest in cooperating with China.


BMVIT delegation meets NDRC, CCUD and NRA in Beijing

three meetings in Beijing


Photo: Zhu Peiqi, Liu Yue, Marcus Ullmann, Chen Hongwan, Gernot Grimm, Max Pfeiler, Zhang Jinjing, Pan Yiqing

26 & 27 October 2016 – A BMVIT delegation with Mr. Gernot Grimm and Mr. Marcus Ullmann visited the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and its sub-organisation, the China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD), and the National Railway Administration (NRA). The meetings with the respective authorities were accompanied by intense talks on potential future cooperation and resulted in the identification of possible future common endeavours.

The meeting with the NDRC was a courtesy visit with the aim of promoting future joined cooperation in third countries.

At the meeting with the NRA, the two delegations signed the minutes of the 5th working group meeting held in Vienna on 25.11.2015 and looked into possible dates for the 6th joint working group.

Finally, the BMVIT Delegation met for the first time with CCUD and had discussions on general topics such as environment, smart cities and tourism with a view to a possible future cooperation between Austria and China.


BMVIT Delegation visits Tianfu New Area in Chengdu

The Project Cooperation between ATC and Tianfu New Area Investment Corporation reaches new level


Photo: Jia Ni, Max Pfeiler, Markus Ullmann, Tino Terraneo, Gernot Grimm, Wang Renfeng

25 October 2016 – A BMVIT delegation composed by Mr. Gernot Grimm, Mr. Marcus Ullmann (BMVIT), Mr. Tino Terraneo (ATC) and Mr. Max Pfeiler (OSTA) visited the Tianfu New Area Investment Corporation. The purpose of the visit was to encourage talks on the cooperation between the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) and the Tianfu New Area Investment Corporation (TFNA).

At this meeting the two delegations discussed proposals for two pilot projects submitted by ATC and the way forward for a possible implementation. Following this very productive meeting both delegations confirmed their readiness to deepen their cooperation as soon as possible.


First HRH Salon was held in Beijing

Initiating an informal information platform for health cooperation with China

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Photo: launching ceremony of HRH Salon

25 October 2016 – At the invitation of the Health Human Resources Development Center (HHRDC), HHRDC together with representatives of eight embassies – Austria, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, UK and US – came together to launch the first Human Resources for Health Salon (HRH Salon). The HRH Salon is an informal information platform in the area of health cooperation. The representatives were warmly welcomed by Dr. Zhang Junhua, deputy director general of HHRDC. HHRDC, founded in 1998 as a public institution under the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC), is responsible for health professional evaluation, healthcare leadership and professional training, social services for the human resources for health and international cooperation. Within the international cooperation, HHRDC has established professional training programs with twenty countries, such as a three weeks training program for Chinese health professionals in Austria. The HRH Salon is open to welcome further members in the future.


Students from Upper Austria visit Partner University in Beijing

A double-degree Master program in “global sales and marketing” between FH OÖ and UIBE was established in 2015


Photo: Robert Füreder, Margarethe Überwimmer, Arnold Obermayr, Peter Schintlmeister and Philipp Agathonos with the students

12 October 2016 – Almost 40 students of global sales and marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OÖ) visited Beijing from 9-15 October 2016. The study trip took place within the framework of the double-degree Master program which was established between FH OÖ and University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing in March 2015.

The students were warmly welcomed at the premises of the Austrian Embassy by Arnold Obermayr, Cultural Counsellor and head of the cultural forum on 12 October. Science Counsellor and director of OSTA, Peter Schintlmeister, provided knowledge and insights into the S&T landscape of China, followed by a lively discussion with the students.


Austrian delegation warmly greeted by Gansu Provincial Sci. &Tech. Department

Discussion about Science and Technology cooperation possibilities between the province of Gansu and Austria


Photo: Director-general LI Wenqing, Peter Schintlmeister

11 October 2016 – On the occasion of the Austrian delegations market exploratory trip for landslide prevention cooperation an official meeting between the Director-general of the Gansu Provincial Science and Technology Department Mr. LI Wenqing and the Austrian delegation consisting of Mr. Peter Schintlmeister, Director of OSTA , Mr. Philippos Agathonos, Head of Unit of Federal Ministry of European and international Affairs (Austria), Mr. Phillip Leopold, Scientist of Austrian Institute of Technology and some Members from the China geological Survey took place in Lanzhou.

On the meeting Director-general LI gave an overview about the situation in Gansu with respect to S&T. He expressed a strong desire for cooperation with Austria and made suggestions for cooperation such as building up cooperation platforms, promoting mobility, taking part in Science and Technology activities from each other, which were responded by Mr. Schintlmeister. Besides Mr. Peter Schintlmeister also introduced the Austrian Institute of Technology and its cooperation with the China Geological Survey and the purpose of the delegation trip in Lanzhou. Both sides are agreed to strengthen the cooperation between the province Gansu and Austrian in the future.