Deepening research collaboration with China
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.
Extending research collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences
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.
Intensive exchange with Chinese experts in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing
Photo: Austrian and Chinese participants at IS CAS
From 12 to 17 March 2017 – An Austrian delegation with 25 ICT experts from universities, research institutions and companies, led by Lisbeth Mosnik, Deputy Head of Department ICT, Manufacturing, Nano and Space, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), visit China. The trip started with a company visit to Huawei Headquarter in Shenzhen and was followed by events in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
During the visit, Sino-Austrian Roundtables on Information and Communications Technology were held at different renowned CAS institutes: the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) in Shenzhen, the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT) in Shanghai, the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT CAS) and the Institute of Software (IS CAS) in Beijing. After short presentations on specific research topics given by the two sides, the Austrian and Chinese participants actively engaged in pre-arranged Science-2-Science and Business-2-Business talks.
In Guangzhou, the Austrian delegation met with representatives of renounced universities, research institutions and companies from the entire Guangdong Province in the presence of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology (GDST). Opinions on further cooperation possibilities were exchanged and discussed in the friendly atmosphere.
After the successful delegation visit, the third joint call by the Austrian Research Promotion Agancy (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on ICT as well as the first joint call by FFG and GDST on ICT for Smart City are expected to be opened in April. The calls will be published on the OSTA website as well.
Networking reception given by OSTA
Photo: Philipp Agathonos is giving the welcome speech at the Embassy
16 March 2017 – Representatives from renowned Austrian and Chinese research institutes as well as Austrian companies active in the field of Information and Communications Technology were cordially welcomed at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing by Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA. The Austrian delegation started its tour through China in Shenzhen. After stops in Guangzhou and Shanghai the Austrian experts spend two days in Beijing, where they visited the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT CAS) and the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IS CAS).
Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST)
09 March 2017 – The EU Delegation visited to the Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). Accompanied by OSTA, the delegation of Science Counsellors was warmly welcomed by CAS and the local FAST team. Prof. Xue Suijian, Deputy Director General of the CAS National Astronomical Observatories (NAO), Dr. Peng Bo, Director of FAST Technical Laboratory, Mr. Ning Bolun, Deputy Director from CAS Headquarters, and scientists of FAST and NAO accompanied the European delegation during the entire trip.
From the EU side, Mr. Laurent Bochereau, EU Science Counsellor, presented respectively the Horizon 2020 activities in research infrastructures. On the Chinese side, Xue Suijian introduced the NAO activities, Dr. Peng Bo gave a presentation on the FAST project, while Ning Bolun from CAS Headquarters’ International Cooperation Bureau, presented the CAS collaboration with the EU. In the conclusion session, the Chinese counterparts expressed strong interest in collaborating with the EU on research infrastructures. The trip was concluded with a visit to the Planetarium, a project designed for science popularisation on astronomy.
Deepening the collaboration with CAS
Photo: Julia Wang, Wu Bin, Philipp Agathonos, Zhong Hua
22 December 2016 – In preparation for the third 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, came in a friendly atmosphere into contact with the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IS CAS) in Peking. Assistant director of IS CAS, Prof. Zhong Hua, expressed strong interest in cooperating with Austrian universities, research institutes and companies in the field of information and communication technologies. In March 2017, an Austrian delegation led by Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) will visit IS CAS during their trip to China for a one-day event including lab visit and science-to-science talks.
Preparing for the upcoming joint call and exploring new cooperation possibilities
Photo: Bao Yungang, Chen Xilin, Julia Wang, Philipp Agathonos
13 December 2016 – In preparation for the third 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 renowned Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICT CAS) in Beijing and had a fruitful exchange with the vice president Prof. Chen Xilin and researchers of the institute. Both sides expressed strong interest in cooperating in the field of information and communication technology. ICT CAS agreed to welcome the Austrian delegation and co-host the Sino-Austrian Roundtable and Science-2-Science talks in March 2017.
Exchanging concepts for smart city development
Photo: Robert Schwertner, Philipp Agathonos, Alexander Unkart, Yang Jun, Zeng Lu, Max Pfeiler, Chen Yongfen at GDST
9 December 2016 – From 5 to 9 December, a delegation led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) met “Smart City”-stakeholders from Chinese universities, research institutes and government agencies. Alexander Unkart (BMVIT), Dr. Emmanuel Glenck and Robert Schwertner (both FFG), as well as representatives from the Austrian Consulate General in Guangzhou and Hong Kong and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), had lively discussions and on-site visits at the Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Guangzhou Smart City Research Institute, Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research Group, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC) and the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation (GIUI).
The delegation visit culminated in the signing of an agreement between FFG and Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST).
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.
Two projects of the Vienna University of Technology have been chosen for funding
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and its Chinese partner organization, the National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC), elected the two winners of their fourth joint call which was organized on the topic of “experimental physics” and “from biomedical research to translational medicine”.
The Vienna University of Technology will cooperate with the Changchun CAS Institute of Applied Chemistry on “Planar Organic Semiconductor-Materials for Flexible OLEDs” and with the Soochow University on “Reliability of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Field Effect Transistors”. The projects with a duration of three years will start in spring 2016.