OSTA visits TIPCCAS in Beijing

Discussion of opportunities for further cooperation

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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.

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BMVIT-Delegation visits Chengdu, Jiaxing, Hangzhou and Beijing

Preparing the state visit to China

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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.

 

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Visit of CAS Quantum Network in Beijing

The start of commercial quantum network in China

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On 27th October, Mr. Helmut Leopold, Head of Center, Digital Safety & Security, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology visited CAS Quantum Network in Beijing, which hosted the worldwide first quantum-safe video conference on September 29, 2017. Accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, director of OSTA, Mr. Leopold learned about the latest developments and achievements in the construction and operation of the quantum network in China.

The “Beijing-Shanghai backbone network”, a quantum communication network stretching over more than 2,000-kilometer from Beijing to Shanghai and connecting quantum networks in four cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and Hefei), has been officially in operation since September 2017. Currently, the quantum communication network connects government departments and banks. Mr. Shen Guofeng, the general manager of CAS Quantum Network in Beijing, also demonstrated the key devices used in the network like optical-interference device and quantum router, which were fully designed and manufactured by Chinese teams.

Mr. Leopold congratulated Mr. Shen and emphasized that international cooperation especially the exemplary cooperation between Austria and China in this field could furthermore contribute to the success of the research and commercialization of quantum communication in China.

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Quantum-safe Intercontinental Video Conference Between China and Austria

The first real-world demonstration of intercontinental quantum communication

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Photo: President BAI is hosting the video conference in Beijing

On 29th September, the first quantum-safe video conference was successfully held between President BAI Chunli of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and President Anton Zeilinger of the Austria Academy of Sciences in Vienna. President BAI spoke of “a big day for mankind”, President Zeilinger was convinced, that “one day, we will be having quantum internet”.

Ambassador Friedrich Stift and Philipp Agathonos, the Director of OSTA attended the conference and congratulated the outstanding achievement of the long-lasting collaboration between Professor PAN Jianwei, an Austrian alumni, and Professor Anton Zeilinger’s group. Professor PAN recalled having first been to Austria on a scholarship of OEAD and first meeting his mentor, Professor Zeilinger, 20 years ago.

After the video conference, Ambassador Stift discussed with President BAI about the ongoing scientific cooperation between China and Austria and exchanged opinions on how to reinforce the bilateral collaboration in the future.

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Austrian nanotechnology delegation visits China in 2017

Austrian scientists and entrepreneurs in the field nanotechnology visit China

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Photo: Group photo in Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology

A delegation with 21 Austrian nanotechnology experts from excellent Austrian universities, research organizations and representatives from Austrian companies has successfully visited China from 10-15 September this year. The delegation was led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and organized in collaboration with Advantage Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. During their visit, the Austrian experts participated in diverse roundtables on nanoscience and nanotechnology, which were co-organized with institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Shenzhen, Suzhou, Beijing as well as the Shanghai University. The main purpose of the visit is finding more potential cooperation partners and preparing for the upcoming joint calls: the fourth joint call between Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and CAS and the third joint call between FFG and Shanghai University.

On the 11 September, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) hosted the roundtable. Officials from SIAT, Shenzhen New Material Industrial Association and Shenzhen Science & Technology Development Exchange Center were present and delivered welcome address. On the following day, the delegation visited Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) in Suzhou.

In Shanghai, the Austria-China Roundtable on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has been held for three years, aiming at promoting the scientific exchange on nanoscience between Shanghai University and Austrian research institutions. Based on the successful roundtables in the past three years, six Sino-Austrian R&D projects have been launched since 2015. Both sides spoke highly of the ongoing joint research projects and believed this year’s roundtable will continue to strengthen the bilateral cooperation on nanotechnology.

In Beijing, the delegation was warmly welcomed by the Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS). A one-day event including roundtable, lab visit and individual science to science meetings were arranged, which enabled the participants to gain deeper insights into research areas of their potential cooperation partners and get closer contact with each other. Especially during the individual meetings, scientists from both sides expressed strong willingness to conduct concrete cooperation project and discussed potential projects in detail.

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Workshop and welcome reception at the Austrian Embassy Beijing

Austrian and Chinese scientists share experience in nanotechnology cooperation

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos welcomes the guests at the reception

On the occasion of the visit of the Austrian delegation of nanotechnology experts, OSTA organized a workshop on the topic “results of the nano delegation visit to China 2015” at the Austrian embassy on the 14 September 2017.

In the framework of the joint call between Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), three joint research projects were selected in 2015 and financially supported. The Chinese project winners from Institute of Microelectronics CAS, Institute of Chemistry CAS und Institute of Physics CAS were invited to the workshop and introduced their research projects jointly with their Austrian partners.

Top researchers from the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems of the Chinese Academy of Sciences also attended the workshop and presented their research projects. Following the workshop, all the participants were invited to a welcome reception at the Austrian Embassy.

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OSTA meets ICCAS

Deepening Sino-Austrian scientific collaboration

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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.

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OSTA visits SINANO

Preparations for the upcoming joint call with CAS are under way

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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.

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Austria starts first call with Guangdong Province

Deepening research collaboration with China

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27 April 2017 – After the successful signing of MoU between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Guangdong S&T Department in December 2016, the first Joint Call of the Guangdong-Austria Research Cooperation Programm was launched in April 2017. Companies and research institutes from Austria and the province of Guangdong can submit their cooperative proposals on the topic of ICT for smart cities, green and sustainable buildings for smart cities, smart energy systems and smart mobility. The total call budget for the Austrian project partners is EUR 1 million.

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Joint Call on ICT between FFG and CAS launched

Extending research collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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10 April 2017 – Following the delegation visit of 25 Austrian experts on information and communications technology from 12 to 17 March 2017 to Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, the third joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was launched in April 2017. FFG provides financial support for selected cooperative R&D projects for max. 3 years. The total call budget for the Austrian project partners is EUR 1 million.

This is the third joint call between FFG and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Within the first and second joint call, three Sino-Austrian projects were successfully selected respectively.

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