OSTA’s New Year Reception 2020

Photo: Opening Remarks by Philipp Agathonos and Max Pfeiler

Photo: Mezzo-Soprano Ms. Anna Agathonos

On 17 January 2020, the traditional New Year’s Reception was jointly held by the Science and Technology Section (OSTA Beijing) and the Technology Office of the Austrian Embassy at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA and Mr. Max Pfeiler, Head of Technology Office jointly opened the reception and welcomed partners from the public administration, universities, research institutions, leading high-tech companies, the diplomatic corps and particularly our alumni, who are an important link between Austria and China and guests, who traveled from Chengdu, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong to join us at the Austrian embassy. Special thanks was given to the leading Austrian applied research organization, the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, which is a close partner of OSTA.

After the opening remarks, Ms. Anna Agathonos, a Mezzo-Soprano working in Germany, gave a 30-minutes recital with popular Austrian melodies and received a warm applause at the end, which triggered an encore from her native Greece. All 100 guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality in a wonderful atmosphere and used the opportunity for some intense networking.