Graphene Workshop in Vienna

Preparing the 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister welcomes the experts

20 June 2016 – In the framework of the cooperation between FFG and Shanghai University, a delegation of Shanghai University, lead by Prof. Shi Liyi, vice director of the Nanoscience and Technology Research Center at Shanghai University, visits Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), Montan-University Leoben, CTP Air Pollution Control and the Green Tech Cluster in Graz.

In preparation of the upcoming 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University, a workshop on graphene-research was held at TU Vienna to present Austrian and Chinese expertise and to discuss joint research projects. Alexander Pogany, expert for national and international research policy in the area of industrial technologies at the BMVIT, and Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, as well as Prof. Shi warmly welcomed the experts from China and Austria.


Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna visits Beijing

Welcome reception at the Austrian Embassy

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15 June 2016 – Ambassador Mr. Hans Winkler, director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna / Vienna School of International Studies (DA Vienna) since 2009, visited China to discuss future cooperation with Chinese research institutes and universities such as the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) in Beijing. Hans Winkler was warmly welcomed by the Austrian Ambassador to China, Mrs. Irene Giner-Reichl, at the Austrian Embassy. Alumni of DA Vienna and high-ranking representatives of universities and research institutes in Beijing also attended the reception. The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna is a postgraduate professional school, dedicated to preparing talented university and college graduates for international careers and positions of leadership in international organizations, the EU, in public service and in international business.


BOKU Vienna helps improving Shiprecycling in China

Final conference of the “EU-China Shiprec” project in Beijing

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Photo: Roland Ramusch, Peter Schintlmeister, Zhang Mingshun

15 June 2016 – 85 percent of all shiprecycling worldwide is carried out in four countries: Bangladesh, China, India and Pakistan. So far, only China has adapted to European and international standards with regard to occupational safety and health (OSH) and regulations for hazardous materials. The three years project “EU-China Sustainable Ship Recycling by Adopting Integrated Waste Management Approaches in China”, which aimed at improving sustainability, reducing emissions and increasing the economic competitiveness of the ship recycling sector in China, successfully developed best practice and guidelines to improve existing standards. “EU-China Shiprec” was carried out by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna (Prof. Roland Ramusch), together with the National Solid Waste Management Centre of China, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Prof. Zhang Mingshun) and China Association of Resource Comprehensive Utilization (now: China Association of Circular Economy). The project was funded by the European Union within the EU-China Sustainability Programme. Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, expressed his pleasure and appreciation over the successful conclusion of the multilateral project at the final conference in Beijing.


OSTA strengthens ties with Mongolia

Presenting Austrian science communication in Ulaanbaatar

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Photo: Alumni seminar of the Eurasia Pacific Uninet

11 June 2016 – On the occasion of the “Austrian Week” in Ulaanbaatar, Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited Mongolia from 8-11 June. He had fruitful talks with high-ranking representatives of the National University of Mongolia (NUM), the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the University of Humanities. Prof. Wolf-Dieter Rausch, president of the Eurasia Pacific Uninet (EPU), together with Prof. Sarantuya Tsedendamba from MUST, organized an EPU Alumni meeting on 9 June. Amongst scientists from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS), MUST, NUM and the Mongolian University of Life Sciences (MULS), who gave an overview of their projects, Peter Schintlmeister held a keynote on science communication in Austria and Dr. Katharina Lang from the Austrian Academy of Sciences presented her research in Mongolia. All sides agreed to strengthen the partnership between Austrian and Mongolian universities, work together on science communication and build on existing ties to promote researchers mobility, especially for young scientists.


Meeting with BMSTC

Discussing new opportunities for international S&T cooperation


Photo: Diplomats of five European countries at BMSTC

6 June 2016 – Within the framework of the EU Task Force on Innovation, representatives from the embassies of Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the EU and Helmholtz Association Beijing visited the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission (BMSTC), where they were warmly welcomed by Prof. Zhu Shilong, Vice General Director of BMSTC. Mr Wang Yanhui, Division for Policy and Regulation, talked about S&T regulations in Beijing and Mr Chen Gang, Director of Division for International Cooperation, gave an overview about international S&T collaboration. Austria was represented by Peter Schintlmeister, Counsellor for Science and Technology.


OSTA presents at EU Outreach Event in Suzhou

The seminar was hosted by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister introduces S&T in Austria

3 June 2016 – A workshop on how researchers from China can apply for funding in Europe took place at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou. Representatives of the EU, Euraxess, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain held presentations on research funding and activities in their respective countries. Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, introduced opportunities for research collaboration with Austria. The event attracted research staff and PhD students of XJTLU as well as external guests from institutions such as Renmin University and The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.


FWF meets NSFC in Beijing

Maintaining good relationship for Sino-Austrian cooperation on science and technology

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Photo: Qiu Chunhong, Fan Yingjie, Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl, Prof. Liu Congqiang, Peter Schintlmeister, Christoph Bärenreuter

30 May 2016 – On the occasion of the closing of the 5th joint call between the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Dr. Christoph Bärenreuter, manager for development strategy for international programmes at FWF, visited Beijing for bilateral meetings. The talks were continued with Prof. Liu Congqiang, vice president of NSFC, and two colleagues from NSFC upon the invitation of Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl and Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, in the Austrian Embassy.


Delegation of TU Vienna visits China

Deepening bilateral cooperation in architecture and planning

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Photo: Klaus Semsroth, Arthur Kanonier, Rudolf Scheuvens, Peter Schintlmeister, Mladen Jadric

30 May 2016 – A delegation of the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) visited OSTA during their journey to China. The Faculty for Architecture and Planning aims at deepening their longstanding cooperation with Tongji University in Shanghai, South-East University in Nanjing and Tsinghua University in Beijing and discussed possibilities for additional double degree programs and bilateral joint research projects with Chinese partners, also in the field of Smart Cities.

OSTA presents at the International Innovation Cooperation Seminar in Zhengzhou

Introducing the Austrian science and technology in China central plains

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Photo: Diplomats of science and technology at the seminar

27 May 2016 – In the framework of the 2nd China International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference and International Technology Transfer Conference, an International Innovation Cooperation Seminar was held in Zhengzhou, Henan province, organized by International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN). Diplomats of science and technology from Europe, America, Asia and Africa presented science and technology in each country and their cooperation with China. Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, gave a brief overview on the Austrian system of science and technology and introduced possibilities for cooperation at the seminar.


Appointment of Professorship

Foundations of Data Science with focus on Big Data Management

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The Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at Graz University of Technology is seeking applications for the position of a professorship for Foundations of Data Science with focus on Big Data Management at the Institute of Knowledge Technologies. The successful candidate will hold a §98 UG professorship with a duration of 5 years. After a successful evaluation an unlimited contract is foreseen. The chosen application domain for this professorship is Smart Production / Industry 4.0.