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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Prospects of academic cooperation between Austria and China

Informal Exchange in Vienna

On Monday 22 January, the director of OSTA (Office of Science and Technology Austria), Mr Philipp Agathonos met the Rector of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Ms Elisabeth Freismuth, who coordinates the China activities of the Conference of Austrian Universities, at OeAD (Austrian Exchange Service) Office in Vienna. After having exchanged prospects on a more active participation of the leadership of Austrian Universities in academic cooperation between Austria and China, they both joined the informal meeting at the same venue with the visiting president of Fudan University Shanghai, Ningsheng Xu, the OeAD’s director general Stefan Zotti, and the head of the OeAD Cooperation Office in Shanghai, Alexandra Wagner.

 

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OSTA’s new year reception

2018 starts with large gathering at the Austrian embassy

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos gave an opening speech on the new year reception

On 16 January 2018, OSTA (Office of Science and Technology) successfully held the new year reception at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. The reception was opened by the host Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology, director of OSTA and HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift with sincere greetings to over 100 guests from EU Delegation, other EU-Embassies and partners from near and far such as CCUD (China Center of Urban Development), MOT (Ministry of Transport), CGS (China Geological Survey), EUPIC (EU Project Innovation Centre) Chengdu and Qingdao, ZJST (Science and Technology Department of Province Zhejiang),  representives from Tsinghua University, Peking University etc. and many Alumni of Austrian academic institutions.

All guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality and the networking opportunities offered by the great variety of experts present.

 

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“Digital Creativity Prints the Future” – 3D Printing Forum opens

Austria is setting targets with „production of the future“

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a presentation on 3D Printing Forum

On 22 December 2017, “Digital Creativity Prints the Future” – Forum on 3D Printing Industrial Innovation and Development opened in Beijing. Following the invitation of the Fengtai Science Park 3D Printing Digital Innovation Center, Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos attended the Summit and held a presentation on “Strategies for innovative Technology and Enterprises in Austria”. Mr Agathonos presented the RTI-Initiative, “products of the future” of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and introduced leading 3D Printing companies from Austria, such as Cubicure and Lithoz.

The 2017 “Digital Creativity Prints the Future” Summit Forum on 3D Printing Industrial Innovation and Development is co-hosted by the Administrative Committee of Zhongguancun Fengtai Science Park and the Beijing Fengtai Science Park Development Ltd. Top experts, such as Mr HE Jingtang, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Mr ZHANG Haiou, Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) etc. attended the forum and held speeches not only to present the current achievements in 3D printing, but also explore in depth the potentiality of 3D printing for aerospace, health care, manufacturing, architecture, cultural and military industry.

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2017 Austrian Alumni Christmas Event in Shanghai

 

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Photo: An Austrian Alumnus sharing his experiences

On 9 December 2017, the Austrian Alumni Christmas Event was held at Intercontinental Shanghai Expo Hotel. Hosted by the Austrian Center Shanghai and co-sponsored by OSTA, this event has gathered over 80 guests with Austrian affiliations and experiences. OSTA Director Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr Philipp Agathonos, attended the event with a short speech on the current as well as the future role of OSTA in strengthening the Austrian Alumni network in China.

The event was moderated by Alexandra Wagner, the head of the Austrian Center Shanghai, and opened by Mrs Brigitte Seyrlehner, Consul-General of Austria in Shanghai. After speeches of the sponsoring parties and one alumna, all presenting alumni were engaged into conversation and the prize-drawing of a round-trip ticket to Vienna. The event ended with promises to tightening the Alumni bond, as well as networking measures, such as an updated WeChat group for the Austrian Alumni.

EU-China Research and Innovation Tour comes successfully in Suzhou to an end

Further opportunities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a speech about the current and potential cooperation with Austria in Hefei

After the launch of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour at the Italian Embassy on 27th October 2017 in Beijing and the station on 1st November 2017 in Hangzhou, the Tour continued its track further to Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan, Hefei, Shanghai and ended on 1st December successfully in Suzhou. Representatives from the EU Delegation, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Croatia attended the events. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.

In Hefei station Austria was represented by OSTA Director Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr Philipp Agathonos. Max Pfeiler covered all other stations. They held speeches presenting the current and potential S&T cooperation between China and Austria. In Hefei Prof. Kai CHEN, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), a collaborator of Austria’s most prominent Chinese alumnus, Prof. Jianwei PAN, gave a testimonial on cooperation in field of quantum communication following the speech of Mr Agathonos.

The EU-China Research and Innovation Tour received great responses from local S&T departments and created more opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with a variety of covering areas in the promising future.

 

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The 10th China Energy & Environment Summit opens

Cyber security meets critical energy infrastructure  

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a presentation on CEES

On the 1st of December 2017, the 10th China Energy & Environment Summit (CEES) opened at the Lecture Hall of University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). Following the invitation of CEES, Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos attended the Summit and held a presentation on “Cyber Security and Critical Energy Infrastructure”.

As one of the five keynote speakers on the opening, Mr Agathonos emphasized the necessity and requirement of cyber security and introduced capacity building and successful established R&D competences in the field of digital safety and security in Austria, and in particular of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. He underlined the linkages between cyber security, energy and infrastructure. Mr Agathonos also mentioned the National Cyber-Exercise for critical infrastructure operators in Austria, which took place on 6-7th of November 2017 and the Vienna Cyber Security Week, which will take place from 29th of January to 2nd February 2018 and will focus on the Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure and the Security of Smart Cities and Energing Technologies.

CEES is organized by the China Energy and Environment Research Center and China’s Economic Trends Research Institute of Economic Daily News. Supporting Organizations include the NDRC, the National Energy Administration (NEA), the Institute of International Economy of UIBE and CCUD. Mr. Shifang SUN, president of China’s Economic Trends Research Institute of Economic Daily; Mr. Zhiqin LIN, deputy chairman of CEES, Director of China Energy and Environment Research Center, Prof. of UIBE etc. participated in the summit.

 

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2017 China-Europe Research and Innovation Tour in Hangzhou

Presenting possibilities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

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Photo: Max Pfeiler held a speech about the potential cooperation with Austria

On 1 November 2017, the second station of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour 2017 was held at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Hangzhou, Province Zhejiang. Staff of OSTA, Mr Max Pfeiler, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain attended the event. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.

Chinese representatives, such as Mr. WANG Jian, Deputy Director of Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department, Mr. DONG Keqin, Director of the Division for European Affairs of MOST, Mr. ZHU Zefei, President of Hangzhou Dianzi University, participated actively in the event and announced their willingness to accelerate the EU-China cooperation activities.

 

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Visit of CETC in Beijing

Fruitful talks about cyber security between AIT and CETC

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos, Lin MA, Helmut Leopold, Haizhen WEI, Christof Tatschl, Caiyi LOU, Wen YANG.

On 30th October, following the invitation of China Electronics Technology Group Coorperation (CETC) Mr Helmut Leopold, Head of the Center for Digital Safety & Security, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), visited the CETC in Beijing. Mr Leopold was accompanied by Philipp Agathonos (Minister Plenipotentiary, director of OSTA), Colonel Christof W. Tatschl (Defence Attaché of Austria) and Lingzhi Huang (Science and Technology Officer of OSTA). Lin MA (President of Information Science Academy, CETC), Caiyi LOU (Deputy Director of the 36th Research Institute of CETC), Haizhen WEI (General Manager of CETC Europe Innovation Industry & Technology GmbH) and twenty representatives of other ten institutes of CETC, CAEIT, CETCi, CETC-ISA und China Cyber Security attended the meeting.

Helmut Leopold gave an overview of AIT, especially presenting the research achievements in the field of cyber security and existing cooperation of AIT in the framework of EU programmes . He subsequently answered questions and discussed technical difficulties and solutions with the attending experts of CETC. Mr. Agathonos gave a brief information about the Vienna Cyber Security Week, which will take place from 29th January to 2nd February 2018 at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and invited CETC representatives sincerely to this event. Mr. Ma provided constructive opinions and suggestions for the potential cooperation in related fields in the future, which was agreed and confirmed by the Austrian side.

 

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Visit of CAS Quantum Network in Beijing

The start of commercial quantum network in China

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Photo: Group photo

On 27th October, Mr. Helmut Leopold, Head of Center, Digital Safety & Security, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology visited CAS Quantum Network in Beijing, which hosted the worldwide first quantum-safe video conference on September 29, 2017. Accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, director of OSTA, Mr. Leopold learned about the latest developments and achievements in the construction and operation of the quantum network in China.

The “Beijing-Shanghai backbone network”, a quantum communication network stretching over more than 2,000-kilometer from Beijing to Shanghai and connecting quantum networks in four cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and Hefei), has been officially in operation since September 2017. Currently, the quantum communication network connects government departments and banks. Mr. Shen Guofeng, the general manager of CAS Quantum Network in Beijing, also demonstrated the key devices used in the network like optical-interference device and quantum router, which were fully designed and manufactured by Chinese teams.

Mr. Leopold congratulated Mr. Shen and emphasized that international cooperation especially the exemplary cooperation between Austria and China in this field could furthermore contribute to the success of the research and commercialization of quantum communication in China.

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