1316 robots, 1976 contestants, 212 institutions, 26 countries
Photo: Austrian Participants with the new ambassador Mr. Friedrich Stift
Photo: Austrian Participants with Michael Gruber (OSTA)
4 to 6 August 2017 – The RobotChallenge is an international championship for self-made, autonomous and mobile robots. It was established in Vienna, Austria in 2004 and since that year more than 2.000 robots from all over the world have taken part in the competition. This year the robot challenge was held in Beijing.
Ten Austrian students’ participation at the RobotChallenge 2017 in the Zhongguancun National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone Exhibition Center was supported by Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the Office for Science and Technology (OSTA) Beijing.
On the evening of the first day of the competition, they were received by the new ambassador Mr. Friedrich Stift.
In addition to good placements, also two medals were won: a gold medal in the competition category “Humanoid Sumo” by the team “RobBox 3.0” from the “HTL Rennweg” and a bronze medal in the competition category “Nano Sumo” by the team “Deimos I” from the “Technische Universität Graz”. Other competition categories with Austrian participation were: “Line Follower-Adult”, “Line Follower Enhanced-Adult”, “Air Race” and “Lego Sumo-Adult”.
Talking about the future Sustainable Urban Development
21 July 2017 – During a full day seminar and panel discussion at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Chengdu, academic and political experts on urban development took a deep look into the topics of Urban Drivers and Financial Innovation, Urban Infrastructure Connectivity and Spartial Development, Urban Resilience, Prosperity and Livability, Urban Innovation and Sharing Economy, Urban Culture and Featured Development, Urban and Smart Cities, and other key issues. The Forum was hosted by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government and China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) under the framework of the cooperation agreement signed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) and CCUD in 2016.
The forum guests were warmly welcomed by Mr. Li Tie, director general of CCUD, Mr. Yang Hongbo, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province, and Mr. Luo Qiang, Mayor of City Chengdu. Mr. Joan Clos, Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), was holding an impressive Keynote Speech about the world-wide urban development status quo. From the EU side, representatives of Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland and EU Delegation took part of the High Level Forum.
Visiting goHK Event and RISE Conference
Photo: Max Pfeiler, Ivana Bacanovic, Jürgen Rattenberger
10 to 12 July 2017 – It was a first time for 8 Austrian Start-ups together with their entrepreneurs coming to Hongkong, one of the most dynamic cities of the start-up scene, for scouting and learning purposes. This initiative, named as goHongKong, is supported by the Austrian Government and implemented by the Global Incubator Network of Austria (GIN). During the 3 weeks, the Austrian entrepreneurs have the opportunity to undergo an intensive accelerator programme at the Hongkong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and participate to the RISE Conference, one of the most famous start-up event world-wide.
OSTA accompanied the GIN supervisors, Ms. Ivana Bacanovic and Mr. Jürgen Rattenberger, to the events and assisted the start-ups by hauling their businesses.
Deepening Sino-Austrian scientific collaboration
Photo: Li Mingzhu, Philipp Agathonos, He Shenggui
21 June 2017 – In preparation for the fourth joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, visited the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) in Beijing. ICCAS is one of the most renowned research facilities in the field of chemical research in China and was one of the three selected winners for the first joint call between FFG and CAS. From 10 September to 15 September this year, an Austrian delegation led by Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) will visit ICCAS during their trip to China for a one-day event including lab visit and science-to-science talks.
Discussing worldwide environmental technologies
Photo: Vice Minister Huang Runqiu
12 June 2017 – 2017 International Cleantech Summit and 2nd Annual Meeting of 3iPET was held by Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Environmental Protection (FECO MEP) in Beijing with more than 250 participants from domestic and overseas governmental organisations and enterprises. Huang Runqiu, Vice Minister of Ministry of Environmental Protection of China also attended the event and addressed a keynote speech to the audience.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Wan Gang and Carlos Moedas
Photo: Yang Baojun, Wan Gang, Carlos Moedas, Ingolf Schädler
2 June 2017 – JPI Urban Europe (JPI UE) and the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) signed a memorandum of understanding to intensify the partnership in the field of urbanisation. The formal ceremony took place in the course of the 3rd EU-China High Level Innovation Cooperation Dialogue in the presence of Wan Gang, China’s Minister of Science and Technology and Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation in the EU headquarter in Brussels in Belgium. The agreement was signed by Yang Baojun, President of CAUPD and Ingolf Schädler, Chair of the governing board of JPI UE and deputy Director General at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Afterwards, all the participants had a group photo with China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
Preparations for the upcoming joint call with CAS are under way
Photo: Sun Xuemei, Philipp Agathonos, Bian Lifeng, Lisa Kronreif, Luo Hao
24 Mai 2017 – In preparation for the fourth joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, visited the Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Suzhou. In a friendly atmosphere, both sides expressed their interest in deepening the scientific collaboration in the field of nanotechnologies. In 2013, a Nano-Roundtable was successfully co-organised by OSTA and SINANO. From 10 September to 15 September this year, an Austrian delegation led by Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) will visit SINANO during their trip to China for a one-day event including lab visit and science-to-science talks. Lisa Kronreif, Vice Consul for Commercial Affairs from the Austrian Consulate in Shanghai also attended the Meeting.
Solving China’s environmental problems with Austrian technologies
Photo: Julia Wang, Elisabeth Rysanek, Philipp Agathonos, Tang Yandong, Guo Xin
17 May 2017 – To deepen the Sino-Austrian technological cooperation in the field of environmental protection, Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA and Elisabeth Rysanek, head of the environmental and agricultural section of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing, paid a visit to the foreign economic cooperation office of ministry of environmental protection (MEPFECO). Both sides recognized in the fruitful exchange that Austria enjoys a wide range of leading environmental technologies, especially in the field of land reclamation and waste disposal, and cooperation potential between Austria and China should be highly great.
Laying cornerstone for new cooperative projects
17 May 2017 – Led by Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA and Dr. Gernot Grimm, head of staff group for technology transfer and security research, Austrian federal ministry for science, technology and transport (BMVIT), an Austrian delegation came together with Liu Zhiguang, director general of department of international cooperation, science and technology, ministry of water resources; Li Yun, vice president of the Nanjing hydraulic research institute and other representatives to discuss about the on-going as well as further collaboration. After reviewing the achieved progresses, both sides confirmed the great cooperation potential between Austria and China, especially in the field of water management. Elisabeth Rysanek, head of the environmental and agricultural section of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing also attended the meeting.
Extenting Sino-Austrian collaboration in Tianjin
Photo: Liu Yue, Xia Qinglin, Gernot Grimm
16 May 2017 – An Austrian delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, head of staff group for technology transfer and security research, Austrian federal ministry for science, technology and transport (BMVIT) and Philipp Agathonos, minister plenipotentiary for science and technology and director of OSTA, visited the Binhai New Area in Tianjin in the company of representatives from the China center for urban development (CCUD). The delegation was warmly welcomed by Xia Qinglin, deputy director of the people’s government of Tianjin Binhai New Area and Tang Zhongfu, deputy director of development and reform commission of Tianjin Binhai New Area. After an informative introduction and intensive discussion with the local governmental authorities, the delegation also had a tour through the China-Europe Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Park in Tianjin Harbor Economic Area.
Tianjin Binhai New Area is a national comprehensive reform pilot area. Based on the integration of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, it is regarded as the opening-up gateway of northern China as well as the high level modern manufacturing and R&D transformation base.