Austrian Alumni Session at the Beijing Humboldt Forum 2019

Stretching the Austrian Alumni network through exchange of experiences between the Chinese and Austrian Alumni

Foto: Panel discussion

22 September 2019 –the Beijing Humboldt Forum (BHF) was held for the seventh time since its establishment in 2013. From 19th to 25th of September 2019 the BHF organized sessions under the general theme “Green Economy, Cultural Heritage and Artificial Intelligence” in Jinan, Beijing and Chengdu. Ministry Plenipotentiary and Director of the Section for Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing) Mr. Philipp Agathonos attended the opening ceremony of the forum in Beijing and delivered a speech on behalf of the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift.

On Sunday, 22 September OSTA Beijing organized for the fifth time one of the parallel sessions at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. The session was opened and moderated by Mr. Philipp Agathonos. It covered a broad range of topics ranging from medicine and geology over arts and culture to training, AI, and innovation and was split into two parts.

Following a welcoming speech by China National Opera House (CNOH) soprano soloist, Ms. LI Jingjing, an Alumni of the University for Music and performing Arts Vienna, participants received three presentations in the field of medicine: Mr. Wolf Dieter RAUSCH, president of the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU) and Ms. WANG Feixue, EPU-Alumni, currently working at the Xuanwu Hospital, talked about Sino-Austrian cooperation in the field of TCM and TCM Therapies for aging diseases, while Prof. GAO Juntao, an alumni and leading researcher at the renowned Tsinghua University spoke about his research on Intelligent Imaging for Life Sciences. The session continued with a speech by Mr. LIU Yan from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences on the findings of the comprehensive investigations at the Tibetan plateau regarding the effects of huge anthropogenic carbon emissions, an introduction on the activities of the Office of the Austrian Exchange Organisation (ÖAD) and its office in Shanghai by Ms FU Xiaoyan and a report on this year’s European Forum Alpbach by Chen Jiamiao, Chinese students selected jointly by OSTA and ÖAD.

The second part of the session was organised jointly with the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FHOÖ). It started with a presentation by Mr. Alexander G. WELZL, lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and Member of the Expert Advisory Board, Center of Excellence for AI on  Artificial Intelligence and Innovation in China. It was followed by a speech by Mr. ZHANG Yu, Alumni and Founder of the Qingdao Children’s Art Theater on Sino-European drama culture exchange and a presentation by Ms. Karin PALMETSHOFER-HÖRSCHINGER from the Rosenbauer International AG respective the experience of her company with E-Learning tools. The Session was concluded by the panel discussion looking into “What do young talents need to sustainably perform in China?” The panel was composed by an equal number of Alumni, Company and academic representatives.



OSTA attends the Micius Quantum Prize Ceremony at the USTC

Three Austrian quantum experts winning the prize

Photo: Prof. Zeilinger as one of the laureates

18 September 2019 – The International Conference on Emerging Quantum Technology (ICEQT 2019) was held from 15 to 20 September at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), in the city of Hefei. At the afternoon on 18 September, the Micius Quantum Prize for promoting emerging quantum technologies, recognizing significant science advance ranging from the early conceptual contributions to the recent experimental breakthroughs, was awarded to the laureates, including three Austrian scientists, Prof. Rainer Blatt, Prof. Peter Zoller, Prof. Anton Zeilinger and Austrian alumni Prof. Jianwei Pan. Max Pfeiler, deputy director of OSTA, attended the prize ceremony at invitation of the local organizing committee.

The Micius Quantum Prize’s laureates 2018 and 2019 were announced at the same time. The 2018 laureates for theory category included Prof. Peter Zoller for the outstanding theoretical contributions that enabled the scalable implementations of quantum information processing, such as quantum computation with trapped ions, quantum simulation with ultracold atoms, and quantum repeaters; Prof. Rainer Blatt won the experimental category prizes 2018 for his pioneering experimental work on the realizations of quantum logic gates, multiparticle entanglement, quantum simulation and quantum computing algorithms using trapped ions. The experimental category prize 2019 went to Prof. Anton Zeilinger and Prof. Jianwei Pan for their groundbreaking experiments in multi-photon interferometry and free-space quantum transmission that enabled practically secure and large-scale quantum communications.

The excellent results of awarding the prize show the outstanding development of Austria in the field of quantum technologies. OSTA has built up a fruitful science communication relationship with the USTC.



topics and details of arrangements for the 7th JWG between BMVIT and NDRC

Photo: Mr. WU Hongyan and Mr. MAO Kejun visited the Austrian Embassy Beijing 

17.09.2019, a preparatory meeting for the next Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) was held at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. NDRC was represented by the Head of General Affairs, Mr. WU Hongyuan, and Senior Officer, Mr. MAO Kejun. Mr. Philipp Agathonos and Mr. Max Pfeiler, Director and Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA), welcomed Mr. Wu and Mr. Mao.

The NDRC proposed five topics for the next JWG and emphasized the importance of the concrete realization of projects. To ensure a successful preparation of the JWG, OSTA Beijing will pay a re-visit to NDRC and discuss further details regarding the topics and arrangements. Both sides expect fruitful results at the JWG.



OSTA accompanies BMDW and Austrian companies to Shanghai

Deepening the collaboration with Chinese start-ups and authorities

Photo: Dr. Stefan Riegler and Ms. Lihong Huang

12 September 2019 – A delegation of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and Austrian companies visited Shanghai from 11-13 November 2019. Mr. Florian Frauscher, Director General of Economic Affairs, Innovation and Internationalization Department, was head of the delegation and attended meetings with Shanghai Municipal Government and various Chinese innovative companies.

Mr. Stefan Riegler, Deputy Director General, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Austrian Embassy, and Ms. Carina Margreiter, Program manager of Global incubator network Austria (GIN), led a part of the delegation to the start-up scene of Shanghai. Fruitful meetings and experience exchanges with Shanghai Technology Innovation Center, Chinacclerator and IJK Capital took place during the whole day. All sides expressed their strong willingness facilitating further collaborations.

A part of the delegation also visited the Sino-Austrian Eco Park in Nantong and discussed about concrete project realizations in the near future with Nantong Municipal officials.



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 Working Group at the 27th session of Joint Economic Commission which was held on the following day in Beijing.


Sutong Park
National Economical Technological Development Zone


OSTA meets Nanjing University

preparatory meeting in terms of the ICT event 2019 in Nanjing

Photo: Group photo with Mr. Philipp Agathonos  

03. 09. 2019, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA), visited the Nanjing University (NJU). Mr. Agathonos was warmly welcomed by the representatives of the NJU and introduced the upcoming visit by the delegation of researchers and company representatives of the field of ICT on 21 November 2019. With the excellent support from NJU, the coming scientific exchange will provide an excellent opportunity for intensifying the science collaboration as well as the business cooperation between China and Austria.


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.




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.



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.


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.