First visit to the Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province

Brighter sights for S&T cooperations with Western China


Photo: Meeting between BMVIT and SCST

02 August 2018 – Mr. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Innovation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Dr. Margit Noll, Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe, and Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, paid a first visit to the Science and Technology Department of the Sichuan Province (SCST) in Chengdu. Both sides held fruitful talks and reached a deeper understanding during their meeting. Mr Schädler held a presentation on Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) in Austria by introducing the state-of-the-art examples on smart city and emphasized the important role of BMVIT and FFG. Mr. Chen Xuehua, Deputy Director General of SCST presented the S&T achievements and developments as well as current international cooperations of the Province Sichuan. Both sides discussed the common interests on potential cooperation fields. Mr. Pfeiler reported on the next Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu scheduled for the autumn and SCST expressed its readiness to support this project.



The 2nd High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Austria as an Innovation Leader in Sustainable Urban Development

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Photo: HE Ambassador Dr. Stift held a presentation on the forum

01 August 2018 – The 2nd High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development, organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), was opened in Chengdu. HE Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift held a presentation on Austrian cases of sustainable urban development with the example of the Smart City of Vienna. Mr. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Innovation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, delivered a speech at the event and introduced the EU – Joint Programming Initiative URBAN EUROPE, underlying that new ways of citizens participation in urban development will be needed in order to tap the full potential of technology driven innovation within cities. Dr. Margit Noll, Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe, also held a presentation on Sustainable Urban Development. Deputy Director of OSTA, Mr. Max Pfeiler also attended the Forum and assisted the representatives from Austria.



OSTA visits Hongkong Polytechnic University

Determing the potential topics for the Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong 


Photo: Jack Lui, Franz Rößler, Max Pfeiler and Wynne Wong 

12 July 2018 – After the visit of a  Delegation from the Austrian Region of Burgenland led by Governor Hans Niessl in June, Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied by Mr. Franz Roessler, Austrian Trade Commissioner in Hongkong, paid another visit to the Hongkong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Ms Karen Jiang, Assistant Director of Innovation and Technology Development, Innovation and Technology Development Office (ITDO), Ms Sini Liu, Manager of ITDO and Ms Wynne Wong, Senior Manager of International Affairs Office (IAO), greeted the Austrian Delegation at the meeting.

PolyU presented the current cooperation with Burgenland, other European universities and research organisations. OSTA introduced and outlined the intended Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong, which will be hosted by the Austrian Promotion Agency and co-hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and OSTA. PolyU kindly provided suggestions and expressed its interest to the coming event. Furthermore, the student exchange program was also a main topic of the meeting.


OSTA attends Austrian Startup Nite 2018 in Hongkong

Presenting seven innovative tech-startups from Austria


Photo: Startup company Artivive presents AR solution 

11 July 2018 – Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, took part in the Austrian Startup Nite 2018 in Hongkong, which was hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Hongkong in cooperation with the Austrian Global Incubator Network (GIN).

The Program Managers of GIN, Ms Annamaria Andres and Ms Carina Margreiter, introduced the startup ecosystem of Austria as well as the GoAustria Program and GoAsia Initiative. Seven highly innovative tech-startups of Austria – Artivive, Connect, Insider Navigation, Prewave, SCIO, SIMAX and Visual Vertigo – represented technologies in various fields during the Pitch and Switch event.

The Startup Nite goHongKong 2018 brought together startups, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, incubators and tech-innovators from all around the world and enabled the experience exchange of the masterminds.


OSTA participated at the 22nd China International Software Expo

Understanding the software industry development in China


Photo: Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing, held welcoming speech


On the 29 of June 2018, the 22nd China International Software Expo was opened at Beijing Exhibition Center. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology attended the global summit forum of software industry development.

The Expo was hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Beijing Municipal People’s Government. Miao Wei, Minister of MIIT and Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing delivered welcoming speeches. The forum gathered representatives from nearly 400 companies, officials from 18 Chinese local administrations and 11 foreign embassies, discussing software development, big data and information technology.


Burgenland delegation visits China

deeping the strategic partnership between Burgenland and Hunan Province 


Photo: Hans Niessl, XU Dazhe

10 June 2018 – A Delegation of the Province of Burgenland and BMVIT, composed by Mr Hans Niessl (Governor), Mr Christian Illedits (President of the Provincial Parliament), Mr Alexander Petschnig (Vice Governor), Mr Gernot Grimm (Head of the Staff Group Technology Transfer) and other officials paid a visit to China from 10th to 17th of June 2018. The delegation stopped at first in Hongkong and Jieyang in order to meet several high level officials and take part in commercial forums.

On the 13th of June the Burgenland Delegation met Mr XU Dazhe (Governor of Hunan Province) accompanied by OSTA and Cultural Section of the Austrian Embassy, in Changsha and had fruitful talks about the long term established partnership of both sides. On the next day companies from Burgenland attended a business forum and promoted their advantageous technologies in the fields of energy efficiency and water treatment.

On the following days the Delegation made stops in the cities of Zhangjiajie and Shanghai. In Zhangjiajie the Mayor of the city of Mörbisch in Burgenland signed a partnership agreement with the Mayor of Zhangjiajie.



OSTA supports Austrian-China S&T Cooperation Forum

Moderating the S&T Forum 


Photo: Philipp Agathonos

08 June 2018 – A delegation led by the Chengdu Hi-tech Zone and EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) visited Austria and participated at the Austrian-China S&T Cooperation Forum which was hosted by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and the Austrian Promotion Agency. A group of Chinese officials also used this opportunity to meet representatives of several Austrian Ministries (BMVIT, BMDW and BMBWF) and the Global Incubator Network, which supports international Start-up cooperation.  Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), supported the delegation in terms of moderating the event and facilitating the visit of the delegation to the AIT and the ÖBB Open Innovation Centre.



OSTA accompanies Chengdu and CCUD Delegation to Austria

Determining common cooperation fields 

Photo: Representatives of BMVIT, CCUD, Chengdu DRC and OSTA

04 June 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria (BMVIT) greeted distinguished guests from the Chengdu Development and Reform Commission and the China Center for Urban Development in Vienna. During their fruitful and result-orientated discussions the two delegations jointly talked about projects relating to JPI Urban Europe, Smart City, Positive Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied the delegation and provided valuable background information which facilitated the discussions.

At the end of the meeting both sides confirmed their readiness to swiftly engage in follow-up activities.


The 1st EU-China Tech Scale-up Summit opens in Chengdu

OSTA participates in this event

Photo: Company presentation on the summit 

Photo: Mr Agathonos, President Segree Dai and Ms Lara Zheng on discussion

Following an invitation by the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC), Minister Plenipotentiary Agathonos attended the 1st EU-China Tech Scale-up Summit in Chengdu, which was organized with the support of the management committee of Chengdu High-tech Zone (CDHT) at the Headquarters of EUPIC. Other Co-organizer included Tech Tour, the International Venture Club and the European Network of Research and Innovation Centers and Hubs (ENRICH), China. This event attracted numerous CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors on the Networking Night on May 19. More than 20 companies gave presentations in the fields of Sustainability and Health on the Innovation Project Roadshow on May 19. B2B Matchmaking meetings were subsequently held.

On the margins of the event, Mr Agathonos met with Ms Segree Dai, the President of EUPIC (Chengdu) to discuss the preparation of the upcoming visit by a EUPIC-led delegation to Vienna on 8 June 2018, the possible assistance by EUPIC to boost the smart-city cooperation between Austria and the Tianfu New Area, the Austrian participation at the EU-CN Business and Technology Cooperation Fair to be held in Qingdao and Chengdu in September 2018 and the next edition of the Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu. Mr Agathonos also met Ms CHEN Xiaolin, Director of the publicity department of Youxian District committee, Mianyang and invited companies from Mianyang to participate at the next Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu. The possible site visits in Mianyang in the margins of the Technology Day will be further explored at a later stage.



2018 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Fruitful participation and information exchange of the BMVIT with Chinese city representatives

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Photo: Inaugural ceremony of the “Horizon 2020” EU-China Sustainable Urbanization Pairing Cities

Bilateral meetings with city representative
Photo: bilateral meeting between BMVIT and chinese city representatives

18 Mai 2018 – The fourth EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development & EU-China Intelligent Technology Innovation Summit organized by the China Center of Urban Development (CCUD) of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) took place in Tianjin. More than 300 city representatives, experts, high-tech corporate leaders and media elites both from China and Europe participated at the forum and exchanged ideas on technological innovation, smart cities and related topics.

Mr. Gernot Grimm, Head for Technology Transfer and Security Research, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Director for the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing participated in thematic panel discussions. The Austrian Institute of Technology – AIT and the Austrian Technology Corporation – ATC were also present at the event and were asked to hold presentations.

During the forum BMVIT also held several bilateral meetings with the vice mayor of Jiaxing Nanhu New Area, the Chief Ingenieur of the Construction Committee of City of Huangshi, the vice director of the Changde Administrative Committee and the vice mayor of the Changbaishan Chibei Area and discussed opportunities for cooperation.