The sixth Joint Working Group Meeting for Green Development and Innovation between the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of China

Further enhance cooperation in the field of Green Development and Innovation


Photo: The 6th Joint Working Group Meeting on Green Development and Innovation between BMDW and MOFCOM


Photo: Mr. Stefan Riegler held a presentation on research and innovation in Austria

09 September 2019 – The Joint Working Group for Green Development and Innovation between the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) and the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of China (MOFCOM) had its 6th meeting in the margins of the Joint Economic Commission in Beijing. The Austrian delegation was headed by Mr. Stefan Riegler, deputy director general for Innovation at BMDW, accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Ministry Plenipotentiary and Director of the Section for Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing). The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr. ZHU Bing, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Investment Administration of MOFCOM.

The Joint Working Group for Green Development and Innovation, originally named as the Working Group on Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection, was set in 2011 in Vienna. The renaming of the Joint Working Group was agreed by both sides during the meeting. Following a general introduction on the current state of the bilateral cooperation in this field by the Deputy Derector Mr. ZHOU Bing, Mr. Riegler held a presentation on research and innovation in Austria. The two delegations heard presentations by the Sutong Ecopark, the National Economical Technological Development Zones in Beijing, the Green Development League of NETDZs, the Austrian Business Service AWS on the Global Incubator Network (GIN), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and a representative of the general directorate of Digitalization of BMDW. Mr Zhou and Mr Riegler presented the conclusions of the Woking Group at the 27th session of Joint Economic Commission which was held on the following day in Beijing.

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MOFCOM
FFG
GIN
Sutong Park
NETDZs
National Economical Technological Development Zone

 

OSTA represents Austria at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour in Hohhot

Around 200 participants in Hohhot at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour

 
Photo: Mr Pfeiler held a presentation in Hohhot

30 August 2019 – The autumn event of the China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour has been attended by around 200 researchers, R&I mangers, students and R&I stakeholders in Hohhot. This great interest shows the high relevance of international collaboration between Europe and China.

This autumn event was supported by the Department of International Cooperation,  Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), and jointly hosted by China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) and the EU Delegation to China, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

After the welcome by honoraries and by the organisers, CSTEC presented the policies and application rules for joint calls within the co-funding mechanism, which has been established for the support of Chinese R&D to enable their funding for Horizon 2020 Projects.

Presentations of national and EU R&I policies and programs towards China by representatives from Austria (OSTA Beijing), Germany and EU Delegation, described options for Chinese R&D actors to study in Europe or collaborate in R&I. European member states offer a wide variety of options and the European Framework Program for R&I, Horizon Europe, complements national R&I policies and, with it’s Flagship Calls in priority Areas, pursue a strategic European R&I approach to China.

The event is part of the annual China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour, which was held in several Chinese regions. It offers opportunities to Chinese researchers collaborating with European stakeholders and it also acts as promotion of Europe as a key global destination for research, innovation and knowledge-creation.

 

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OSTA attends the third International High-level Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Austria as a worldwide role model in sustainable urban development


Photo: The opening ceremony

16 July 2019 – The 3rd High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development, organized by the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, was opened in Chengdu. Deputy Director of OSTA, Mr. Max Pfeiler attended the Forum and represented Austria as a strong innovation player in the field of sustainable urban development.

 

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OSTA attended 2019 Nanjing Tech Week

Exchange ideas with world-renowned scientists

Photo: Presentation by Mr Agathonos

30 June 2019 –The 2019 Nanjing Tech Week “Infinite Nanjing Infinite Future” was held from June 26th to 30th 2019. The event was hosted by the Nanjing Municipal Government with the main aim to promote innovation, cooperation and technological development of the city. Nearly 2,300 guests, including 800 international participants from 45 countries and regions, attended the event.
At the invitation of Nanjing Municipal Government, Mr Philipp Agathonos, director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) was present at the opening ceremony. Mr Agathonos also attended the 2019 International Conference on Innovation and Application of Block Chain Technology, a side event organised by the Gulou District government, with a presentation focused on the Austrian Technology on Block chain and Cyber Security. At the margins of the conference Mr Agathonos met with Mr Yang Xuepeng, Executive Vice Mayor of Nanjing, Mr Jiang Yuejing, Vice Mayor of Nanjing, Mr Wu Wei, Chief Executive of Gulou District as well as Mr Lei Fengyun from the department of international cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and attended a meeting with the Secretary of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee, Mr Lou Qinjian.
In the course of the conference Mr Agathonos held constructive meetings and exchanged ideas, among others, with the well-known Nobel Prize winner Mr Chao Chung Ting, Prof. Freddy Boey, Deputy president of National University of Singapore and Prof. Chunming Rong from the University of Stavanger.

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The Zhejiang Baibu Economic Development Area visits OSTA

Follow-up of the Austrian Technology Day in Jiaxing 



24 June 2019 – Mr Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, welcomed Mr ZHANG Haojun, Deputy Secretary of Zhejiang Baibu Economic Development Area (Baibu Town) at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. Mr Zhang introduced the Baibu Area and underlined the key development fields focusing on smart city, textile industry, equipment manufacturing, trademark printing, as well as new energy and new materials. Mr Zhang especially mentioned the Austrian enterprise VST, which is well known for composite formwork technologies and cooperates closely with the local partners, and expressed the willingness to expand further cooperation with Austria. For more exchange in possible cooperation fields, Mr Pfeiler invited the Baibu Area to take part in the event of the Austrian Delegation on ICT, which will pay a visit to Jiaxing during their tour in China in November this year. Representatives from Zhejiang Weltpure Environment Co. Ltd., who participated in the Austrian Technology Day in Jiaxing in May, also attended the meeting and exchanged views on matchmaking.

The Baibu Town is the west gate of Haiyan County, 137 kilometers away from Shanghai in the east and 80 kilometers away from Hangzhou in the south. It is located at the junction of Nanhu District, Xiuzhou District and Haining City in Jiaxing. The Baibu Economic Development Area has developed rapidly and has become the economic sub-center and an important industrial growth pole in Haiyan County.

 

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Austrian Technology Day successfully held in Jiaxing

promotes bilateral cooperation between Austria and Jiaxing

Photo: FFG presentation by Mr Christian Frey

22 May 2019 – The Austrian Technology Day 2019 (Jiaxing), which was organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), the Austrian Embassy in Beijing and the Jiaxing Municipal Government, co-organized by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Office of Science and Technology (OSTA), Austrian Consulate General Shanghai Commercial Section and Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC), was successfully held in Jiaxing.

The Austrian Technology Day (Jiaxing) was opened by Ms SHEN Xiaohong, Vice Mayor of Jiaxing; Mr Gernot Grimm, Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, BMVIT and Ms Christina Schösser, Consul (Commercial affairs), Austrian Consulate General Commercial Section Shanghai. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing and Director of OSTA, moderated the event. During the opening session, ATC signed a cooperation agreement with the Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University. Neubau, No. 36 Research Institute of the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) and the Zhejiang Hongzheng Architectural Design Company Limited also signed a strategic cooperation agremment in the field of passive house. These will be an important cornerstone for the future cooperation between companies and research institutions in Austria and in Jiaxing.

This event gathered over 120 participants from both Austria and China, who discussed the following areas of possible cooperation: Passive Houses and Energy, Quarters & Sound Insulation, Water Quality Measurement, Treatment & Waste Management and Equipment as well as Smart Traffic Management & VR tools for the Automobile Industry.

The Austrian representatives consisted of 10 Austrian technology-oriented companies and research organisations (ATC, AIT, Getzner, M-U-T, Austrian State Printing Office, S::CAN, Andritz, RISE GmbH, Swarco AG and Viewpoint System) and presented various state-of-the-art Austrian technologies, products and services. Participants from the Chinese side came from local government, S&T organizations and over 40 companies. 9 Chinese companies also held presentations at each topic. At the end of the event, participants of both sides were given the opportunity to find potential partners at networking tea break and lunch buffet.

The Austrian Technology Day 2019 in Jiaxing offered an outstanding opportunity for information exchange and further technology cooperation between Austria and Jiaxing.

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OSTA meets with the Director-General of ZSTD

More common interest for further S&T cooperation


Photo: Mr Agathonos and Mr Gao

21 May 2019 – Following the state visit of the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Hangzhou in April, Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, met with Mr GAO Yingzhong, Director-General of Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department (ZSTD). Mr Gao emphasized the development objective to create a strong and innovative province, focusing on Internet+, digital economy and life science. Mr Agathonos underlined the superior technology areas in Austria, such as environment protection, cyber security, and agreed to find more common interest for the S&T cooperation in the future. Mr Christian Frey, Director of the Austrian Promotion Agency (FFG), which runs the ongoing Joint Call with the province Zhejiang, suggested to establish a Web-Catalog for better exchange between Austrian and Chinese enterprises. Both sides expected to see fruitful results after the end of the Call on 14 June.

The event “Austrian Technology Day”, which took place in Xi’an, Chengdu, Beijing, Hangzhou and Hongkong, is being held in Jiaxing on 22 May again. An Austrian Delegation on ICT will pay a visit to China, including Hangzhou in November. Mr Agathonos thanked for the great support of ZSTD, and ZSTD will continue to dedicate to the S&T cooperation between both sides.

 

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OSTA in High level dialogue “Industrial Innovation and Urban Development”

OSTA Director Philipp Agathonos speaks at the CCUD EU-China Forum for Urban Development in Tianjin


Photo: Mr. AGATHONOS together with the other participants of the high-level dialogue

17 May 2019 – OSTA Director Mr. Philipp Agathonos spoke at the EU-China Forum for Urban Development in Tianjin hosted by CCUD in cooperation with the Municipals People’s Government of Binhai new Area Tianjin, the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and EUROCITIES. The event gathered renowned experts and high level representatives, among numerous others from NDRC (Deputy Secretary General ZHOU Xiaofei), EU (Chairman Derek VAUGHAN and Minister Councellor Philippe VIALATTE) and CCUD (Director General SHI Yulong).

Highlights of the event were the release of the Accomplishment Report of Horizon 2020 Urban-EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation, keynote speeches by renowned experts from research and from industry followed by the high level dialogue “Industrial Innovation and Urban Development”. As one of the members of this high level forum Mr. Philipp AGATHONOS referred to the human dimension of urban development and of smart cities as well to costs and efficiency issues. He pointed towards the role technologies from Austria could play, such as smart and innovative transport solutions by the ropeways from the world-market leader, the Doppelmayr / Garaventa group.

In the afternoon of the EU-China Forum for Urban Development two parallel sessions were held:

  • Parallel event 1: EU-China Seminar on Sustainable Development, with the topics “Construction of Resilient Cities” and “The Future of EU-China Smart Cites” (organized and chaired my Mrs. Margit Noll, Chair of the management Board of the JPI Urban Europe, from FFG, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency)
  • Parallel event 2, with the topics “EU-China-Industry Partnership Seminar” and “Urban Development Powered by the Intelligent Economy”)

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OSTA presents Austria at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour in Nanjing and in Nanning

Around 400 participants in Nanjing and in Nanning at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour 


Photo: Attentive audience in Nanning

13 – 14 May 2019 – The Nanjing/Naning Cluster of the China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour has been attended by around 150 (Nanjing, May 13) and around 250 (Nanning, May 14) researchers, R&I mangers, students and R&I stakeholders. This great interest shows the high relevance of international collaboration with Europe in China.

The Nanjing/Naning Cluster was organised by China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) in collaboration with leading local partners from the Province Jiangsu and the Guangxi autonomous region, supported by OSTA and the EU.

After the welcome by honoraries and by the organisers, CSTEC presented the policies and application rules for joint calls within the co-fund mechanism, which has been established for the Support of Chinese R&D to enable their funding for Horizon 2020 Projects. This funding scheme is required, as while almost all parts of Horizon Europe are open to participants from China, Chinese researchers are normally not eligible for funding.

Presentations of national and EU R&I policies and programs towards China by representatives from  Austria (OSTA Beijing), France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and the European Union, described options for Chinese R&D actors to study in Europe or to collaborate in R&I. European States offer a wide variety of options and the European Framework Programme for R&I, Horizon Europe, complements national R&I policies and, with it’s Flagship Calls in priority Areas, pursues a targeted European R&I Approach towards China.

The Nanjing/Naning Cluster is part of the annual China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour, which was held in several Chinese regions. It seeks to highlight opportunities proposed to Chinese researchers and innovators by EU member states and the European Union to China to collaborate with European researchers and innovators, while promoting Europe as a key global destination for research, innovation and knowledge-creation.

 

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Physics PhD students visit to Shanghai and Hangzhou

Science exchanges between universities 


Photo: Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer and Mr. Philipp Agathonos

6 May 2019 – 7 May 2019, OSTA assisted and welcomed a mixed group of physics PhD students from different European Universities throughout their visit to Shanghai and Hangzhou. The majority of the attending students were from the Vienna University of Technology, they were accompanied by the renowned quantum physicist Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer.

On the 6th of May, OSTA hosted an evening reception at the Marriott Hotel in Shanghai. The welcoming speeches and buffet were well-received by the participants.

The next day commenced with a visit to the Hangzhou Dianzi University, were the students received a warm welcome speech by the faculty and a small campus tour. The group continued on to the Xixi Campus of Alibaba, which included a presentation, as well as Q&A, by one of the quantum lab members and a tour through the company campus.

The trip was concluded with a walk and dinner at the iconic West Lake in Hangzhou.

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