Beijing Humboldt Forum 2020

OSTA supports the CDA Session

Photo: Mr. Philipp Agathonos speaks on the CDA Session of the BHF 2020.

Since its establishment in 2013 by the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing Humboldt Forum (BHF) has been dedicated to setting up science, technology and human cultural exchange platforms for academic researches, industrial cooperation and policy makers between China, Europe and other countries. Due to the global COVID-19 crisis this year´s 8th Beijing Humboldt Forum, which looks at “Green Economy, Cultural Heritage, Global Governance” was organised as a series of online meetings on September 17, 20, 22 and 23. More than thousand participants joined the different sessions of the BHF.

Mr. Philipp Agathonos, outgoing Ministry Plenipotentiary and Director of the Section for Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing), addressed the opening session of the BHF with a short video and participated in one of the eight parallel sessions under the general theme “The Challenge of COVID-19 to Domestic Politics & International Order”. In his speech Mr Agathonos looked at international and domestic challenges under the Covid-19 from a European perspective. “The COVID crisis has speeded up behavioural changes across the globe. The use of digital communication in schools, universities, academic exchanges and business relations, teleworking, the increase swift to local and regional products or the expansion of the list of key strategic commodities, which need to be available at short notice, to include medical supplies and the role that governments play in economic life are likely to stay beyond COVID.”

As part of the Beijing Humboldt Forum, the newly established Vienna-based China Data Analysis and Research Hub (CDA)and the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) jointly organised the two-day online conference “Metropolitan Innovation Systems (MIS) on the Eurasian Continent in the 21st Century”. The conference, which was supported by OSTA Beijing, took place on 22nd and 23rd September 2020 and included three tracks covering specific aspects of MIS: “Steps Towards Cultivating Innovation Ecosystems in Metropolises on the Eurasian Continent”, “Healthcare Development” and “Digital Transformation”. The conference aimed at exploring the developing opportunities of metropolitan innovation ecosystems in a national and international context and facilitating the emergence of new insights on how to unleash and nurture the hidden innovation potential.

Mr. Philipp Agathonos attended Track I of CDA Conference and gave a speech on “Smart City Vienna – Further enhancing Quality of Life through comprehensive innovation”. He underlined that “Vienna tops the ranks of several indexes (most liveable city in the world, most digital city in Europe, best smart city strategy) for the simple reason that it has been pursuing a policy of inclusion in all fields since more than 100 years, aiming at meeting the needs of all of its present citizens without compromising the  ability  for future generations to meet their needs.”