Advanced Materials – The 5th bilateral joint call between CAS and FFG started

Fruitful cooperation between the Chinese and the Austrian research institutions

Photo: Logos of BMVIT and CAS

The 5th bilateral joint call between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) was launched on January, 30 2019. The aim of this Austrian-Chinese Cooperative R&D Project is to support jointly identified research topics on advanced materials with mutual interests and scientific excellence based on the existing cooperation agreement between FFG and CAS. The joint research proposal must address at least one of the following topics: 1. Renewable Materials 2. Materials for energy and processing 3. 3D-printing 4. Material characterization 5. Surfaces and coatings 6. Nanomedicine and nanosafety. The application deadline is at 5:00 p.m. 10th May 2019 (Beijing time).


Austrian delegation on Advanced Materials successfully visited China

Intensive exchange with Chinese scientists and entrepreneurs in different cities

Photo: Roundtable in TIPCCAS

Photo: Visit to the Shanghai University

A delegation with 18 Austrian experts on advanced materials from excellent Austrian universities and representatives from Austrian companies successfully visited China from 11-16 November 2018. The visit was organized by the Office of Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing (OSAT) in collaboration with Advantage Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). The main purpose of the delegation visit was identifying additional potential cooperation partners and preparing for the upcoming joint calls: the fifth joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and the fourth joint call between FFG and the Shanghai University.

During the visit, Sino-Austrian Roundtables on Advanced Materials, lab visits and individual science to science and business to business meetings were arranged with Chinese researchers from different renowned CAS institutes: the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science (IMRCAS) in Shenyang, the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) in Beijing, the Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology of the Chinese Academy of Science (CNITECH) in Ningbo, the Shanghai University and the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) as well as numerous Chinese companies.

The visit offered an excellent opportunity for the Austrian participants to exchange information with their potential cooperation partners, to gain deeper insights into their research areas and to get closer contact with each other.


OSTA visits TIPCCAS in Beijing

Discussion of opportunities for further cooperation


Photo: Logo TIPCCAS

In preparation for the Austrian delegation trip in the field of Advanced Materials which will take place in November 2018 in close cooperation with CAS, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) on 12. September and had an exchange of views with Deputy Director Mr. WANG Xuesong. Both sides reviewed the successful Chinese-Austrian round table on advanced materials in 2016 and agreed to co-organize a one-day event including lab visit, science-to-science talks and B2B meetings this year.


BMVIT-Delegation visits Chengdu, Jiaxing, Hangzhou and Beijing

Preparing the state visit to China

Photo: Ambassador Stift and the delegation at the Jiaxing Administration Center

From 5 to 17 March 2018, a delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) visited Hongkong, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Jiaxing and Beijing. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Director of the Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) accompanied the delegation in mainland China.

On 9 March, the delegation visited the Development and Reform Commission (DRC) of Chengdu, the S&T Department of the Chengdu High-Tech Zone (CDHT), the Chengdu International Railway Service Co., LTD (CDiRS) and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs (FAO). Both sides held fruitful talks about further cooperation between Austria and Chengdu in the fields of smart city, logistics, transportation and green technologies. The first direct freight train between Chengdu and Vienna will be opened to traffic during the state visit.

Ambassador Friedrich Stift and the commercial counsellor at the Austrian Consulate General in Shanghai Ms Christina Schösser attended the bilateral meetings on 12 in the city of Jiaxing. Ambassador Stift discussed with representatives of the Jiaxing Municipal Government, the local DRC, FAO and S&T departments, the potentials of collaboration and emphasized the strength of Austrian technologies in areas such as woodworking, chemical industry, advanced manufacturing and environmental technologies. More exchanges in business, talents, culture and technology, as well as education and tourism are to be expected. Jiaxing is actively looking for a twinning partner in Austria.

The delegation subsequently visited the Zhejiang Institute of Advanced Technology (ZIAT), China Academy of Science and the 36th Institute of the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC). Collaboration with these Institutes focuses on smart city, Nano technology, ICT and new materials.

On 13 of March, the delegation visited the Science and Technology Department of the Zhejiang Province (ZSTD) and the Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission in Hangzhou. BMVIT and ZSTD will promote a close applied research cooperation in fields such as information and communication technologies, smart city and environmental protection. An Memorandum of Understanding between the Austrian Promotion Agency (FFG) and ZSTD will be signed during the upcoming state visit.

In Beijing, the delegation visited the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), in order to prepare for the upcoming state visit of the Austrian President in April. The delegation also attended the 6th Joint Working Group meeting between BMVIT and NDRC, which was held in Beijing on the 16th of March 2018.



OSTA meets new DDG at CAS

Discussion about the ongoing cooperation between CAS and FFG and the upcoming ICT delegation


Photo: CAO Dianwen, Peter Schintlmeister

13 September 2016 – Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and was warmly welcomed by Mr. CAO Dianwen, new Deputy Director-General of its Bureau of International Cooperation. In a friendly atmosphere, matters about the cooperation between CAS and FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) were discussed. The ongoing cooperation is deemed to run very smoothly and both sides expressed their interest in a continuation.

Currently a MoU between CAS and FFG is in force, signed in 2015 and agreeing on the implementation of three joint calls. Projects of the first call 2015 in the area of Nanotechnology are already being conducted. Presently projects of the second call in the area of Advanced Materials are being shortlisted for funding and preparations for the third call in the area of ICT are being made.

An Austrian delegation of scientists, researchers and other experts in ICT will come to China in March 2017, visit possible stakeholders and discuss potential cooperation projects. This trip will be realized in close cooperation with CAS, which will also suggest relevant institutes and organisations of interest for the visit.


Delegation of Invest Shenzhen meets OSTA

Preparing a visit to Austrian research institutes

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Photo: Julia Wang, Yan Kai, Peter Schintlmeister, Li Qiyue, Lu Yunfan

9 May 2016 – A delegation of Invest Shenzhen visited OSTA in preparation of their journey to Vienna later this month. Invest Shenzhen intends to visit Austrian research institutes and companies mainly in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and nanotechnology, who are interested in a cooperation with Shenzhen.


Joint Call on Advanced Materials between FFG and CAS launched

Austria deepens research collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Following the delegation visit of 22 Austrian experts on advanced materials from 17 to 23 January 2016 to Beijing, Shenyang and Shanghai, the second joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was launched in February 2016.

In 2015, FFG and CAS agreed on a long-term cooperation including three joint calls from 2015 to 2017: the first joint call on nanotechnologies was launched in January 2015 and three winners were successfully chosen in August 2015. The third joint call between FFG and CAS is planned for 2017 on the topic of ICT.


Roundtable at SICCAS marks the end of a successful delegation visit

Connecting Austrian Advanced Materials experts in Shanghai

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Photo: Austrian and Chinese experts at SICCAS

On 22 January 2016, the Austrian delegation on advanced materials visited the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) in Shanghai, the last station of the delegation visit. Prof SONG Lixin, Director of SICCAS, warmly welcomed the delegation and Prof SUN Jing provided a brief introduction to this renowned institute. This was followed by short presentations on specific research topics given by both Chinese and Austrian experts. In the afternoon, Austrian representatives actively engaged in Science-2-Science and B2B talks with their Chinese partners. Austrian scientists also visited four laboratories at the Jiading campus of SICCAS.

SICCAS was founded in 1959 and has about 1200 researchers, students and staff. It is a comprehensive and unique organization engaged in advanced inorganic non-metallic materials research. It has achieved outstanding results in pioneering basic research, innovation of high-tech materials and applied research.


Austrian Delegation on Advanced Materials visits IMR CAS

Deepening research cooperation in Shenyang 

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Photo: Austrian delegation and Chinese researchers in front of IMR CAS at temperatures of -20 degrees

On 20 January 2016, meetings between 22 Austrian experts on advanced materials and top-level Chinese researchers took place at the Institute of Metal Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR CAS) in Shenyang. The delegation was warmly welcomed by Prof YANG Rui, Director of IMR CAS, and Prof ZHANG Jian, Deputy Director of IMR CAS, who also gave an overview of the institute. After a lab visit, the Austrian representatives came together with their Chinese counterparts in Science-2-Science talks. A joint call of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences on the topic of advanced materials will be launched after the delegation visit.

IMR CAS was founded in 1953 and has signed over 80 agreements and MoUs during the last 15 years in order to foster cooperation with international research institutes and organization. Director YANG Rui provided a testimonial for his successful cooperation with Europe during the Research and Innovation Tour in Shenyang in September 2015.


Austrian Delegation on Advanced Materials visits Tsinghua University

Exploring cooperation possibilities with China’s most famous university

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Photo: Delegation at the School of Materials Science and Engineering

The second meeting of the Austrian delegation in Beijing took place at the prestigious Tsinghua University on 19 January 2016. Prof PAN Wei, Dean of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, welcomed the delegation and Prof LIN Hong gave an overview of Tsinghua’s research facilities. After a visit of the Center for Testing and Analyzing of Materials, the delegation discussed specific research cooperation with researchers of Tsinghua University in Science-2-Science talks pre-arranged by OSTA. The delegation also visited the first 3D-ceramic printing machine “CeraFab 7500” delivered to Tsinghua by the Austrian company Lithoz, which also participated in the delegation. The shipment follows an agreement signed between Lithoz and Tsinghua in September 2015.

Tsinghua University was founded in 1911 and has 22 first-level national key disciplines and 13 State Key Laboratories. The School of Materials Science and Engineering was founded in 1988 and has several top class laboratories such as the State Key Lab for New Ceramics and Fine Processing and the Key Lab for Advanced Materials.