Start of the Tour at the Italian Embassy in Beijing
Photo: EU-China Cooperation
Beijing Event was the inaugural meeting of the “2017 EU-China Research and Innovation Tour “. It took place on 27 October 2017 in the Embassy of Italy, bringing together an audience of over 100 people. The seminar was also special because of the presence of a delegation from Brussels, led by Mr. Philippe Vialatte, acting Head of Unit at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The Austrian delegation was composed by participants both from Beijing (OSTA-Director Philipp Agathonos and Science Officers Max Pfeiler and Lothar Hahn) and Vienna (Helmut Leopold, Austrian Institute of Technology, Stefanie Nagel, Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy as well as Ralf König and Elli Tzatzanis-Stepanovic, from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
Mr. ZHU Xuehua, Deputy Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, gave a testimonial about his experience in EU-China R&I Cooperation and talked about the new Co-funding Mechanism for Chinese Participants in Horizon 2020.
Talking about the future Sustainable Urban Development
21 July 2017 – During a full day seminar and panel discussion at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Chengdu, academic and political experts on urban development took a deep look into the topics of Urban Drivers and Financial Innovation, Urban Infrastructure Connectivity and Spartial Development, Urban Resilience, Prosperity and Livability, Urban Innovation and Sharing Economy, Urban Culture and Featured Development, Urban and Smart Cities, and other key issues. The Forum was hosted by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government and China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) under the framework of the cooperation agreement signed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) and CCUD in 2016.
The forum guests were warmly welcomed by Mr. Li Tie, director general of CCUD, Mr. Yang Hongbo, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province, and Mr. Luo Qiang, Mayor of City Chengdu. Mr. Joan Clos, Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), was holding an impressive Keynote Speech about the world-wide urban development status quo. From the EU side, representatives of Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland and EU Delegation took part of the High Level Forum.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Wan Gang and Carlos Moedas
Photo: Yang Baojun, Wan Gang, Carlos Moedas, Ingolf Schädler
2 June 2017 – JPI Urban Europe (JPI UE) and the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) signed a memorandum of understanding to intensify the partnership in the field of urbanisation. The formal ceremony took place in the course of the 3rd EU-China High Level Innovation Cooperation Dialogue in the presence of Wan Gang, China’s Minister of Science and Technology and Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation in the EU headquarter in Brussels in Belgium. The agreement was signed by Yang Baojun, President of CAUPD and Ingolf Schädler, Chair of the governing board of JPI UE and deputy Director General at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Afterwards, all the participants had a group photo with China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
Attending multiple fora
Photo: Philipp Agathonos, Dietmar Schweisgut, Gernot Grimm, Birgit Murr, Segree Dai, Marcus Ullmann
10 May 2017- From 10. to 12. May an Austrian delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, head of staff group for technology transfer and security research, Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Technology and Transport (BMVIT), and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Director of OSTA, attended the Global Innovation Entrepreneurship Fair in Chengdu.
On 10. May the delegation attended the GIEF opening ceremony and subsequently visited the new Business and Innovation Center, where they took part at the opening ceremony organised by EUPIC in the presence of the party Chairman in Chengdu Mr. Fan and EU Ambassador Mr. Schweisgut. In the afternoon the delegation attended the International Seminar on Intellectual Property and Urban Development, organised by the S&T Department Chengdu. In parallel, Mr. Agathonos paid a visit to the South West Transportation University, one of the top level Universities in China.
On 11. May the Delegation attended the World Future Technology Forum of S&T Department Chengdu and had a meeting with representatives of DRC and S&T Department Chengdu.
On the last day of this Chengdu trip the delegation attended the Belt and Road Summit, on which Dr. Grimm gave a startling speech on the summit. On the same day Mr. Agathonos attended the startup Event “Slush” as a guest of Mayor’s Assistant of Chengdu, Mr. HAN, and participated at the inaugural panel discussion on start-up promotion.
This visit laid the foundations of a deeper cooperation between Austria and Chengdu in the fields of Science and Technology.
three meetings in Chengdu
Photo: Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology
21 & 23 March 2017 – OSTA’s representatives, Mr. Philipp Agathonos and Mr. Max Pfeiler, visited the Development and Reform Commission (DRC), the Chengdu Science and Technology Bureau (CDST) and the European Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC) in Chengdu and discussed current and potential future cooperation between Austrian and Chengdu-Stakeholders.
OSTA is now in the process of putting together an Austrian delegation to attend the upcoming Launching Ceremony of EUPIC’s Business & Innovation Centre for China-Europe Cooperation(CCEC) in May.
Discussing Sustainable Urban Development in Putian
20 March 2017 – Within the 2017 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development in Putian, city of Fujian Province in Southeast China, Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, hold a speech about the Austrian concept of Sustainable Urban Development which includes Urban Sustainable Planning, Green Building, Smart Mobility, Economy & Ecology and Smart Living.
The summit was hosted by China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) and EU Delegation. Renowned speakers such as Fan Hengshan, Deputy Secretary General of National Development and Reform Commission, Zhang Zhinan, Executive Vice Governor of Fujian Province, Chen Hongwan, Deputy Director General of CCUD, Lin Baojin, Secretary of the CPC Putian Municipal Committee, Fujian Province, Laurent Bochereau, Minister Counselor of EU Delegation to China for Scientific Research and Innovation, and Nicholas, Chief Coordination Officer of EUROCITIES, gave their lectures on the Forum as well.
Introducing strategies for City to City Cooperations
Photo: EU Ambassador Mr. Schweisgut
15 March 2017 – Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, participated in the EU-China International Urban Cooperation Launch Event. The IUC programme boosts international urban cooperation with EU partners in Asia. With a budget of over EU 20 million, the IUC effectively supports Habitat III goals as well as the Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
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.
Discussing how to craft IP innovation policies and laws
Photo: Seminar at Xiamen University
9 December 2016 – Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, participated in the EU-China Innovation Roundtable at Xiamen University. The roundtable aimed at enabling policymakers and academics from the EU and China to share experience about how to craft optimal intellectual property-related innovation policies and laws. More than 40 experts, including representatives from the Chinese government, European Commission, EU Member States and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, as well as European and Chinese academics, attended the event, organized within the framework the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation between the EU and China on Intellectual Property (IP Key).
The European Commission announced its intention to ensure a smooth transition between the end of the current IP Key mandate in summer 2017 and a follow on project (IP Key II).
Exchanging best practice and innovative solutions
29 November 2016 – The “EU-China Experts Workshop on Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Urban Development” was launched in Ningbo today. Experts from policy, research and industry came together to identify future EU-China priorities and actions for cooperation in the field of sustainable and innovative urbanization. Prof. Manfred Horvat from the Vienna University of Technology and JPI Urban Europe (JPI UE) senior advisor for international STI cooperation, Dr. Margit Noll from FFG, chair of the JPI UE management board, and Hans-Guenther Schwarz from the BMVIT, policy coordinator of JPI UE, as well as Catrin Haider, Branislav Iglar and Hans-Martin Neumann (all three from AIT Austrian Institute of Technology) and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, also participated in the workshop.
The event was supported by JPI Urban Europe and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and organized by the University of Nottingham Ningbo China on behalf of the Horizon2020 DragonSTAR Plus project.