The sixth Joint Working Group Meeting for Green Development and Innovation between the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of China

Further enhance cooperation in the field of Green Development and Innovation


Photo: The 6th Joint Working Group Meeting on Green Development and Innovation between BMDW and MOFCOM


Photo: Mr. Stefan Riegler held a presentation on research and innovation in Austria

09 September 2019 – The Joint Working Group for Green Development and Innovation between the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) and the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of China (MOFCOM) had its 6th meeting in the margins of the Joint Economic Commission in Beijing. The Austrian delegation was headed by Mr. Stefan Riegler, deputy director general for Innovation at BMDW, accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Ministry Plenipotentiary and Director of the Section for Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing). The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr. ZHU Bing, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Investment Administration of MOFCOM.

The Joint Working Group for Green Development and Innovation, originally named as the Working Group on Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection, was set in 2011 in Vienna. The renaming of the Joint Working Group was agreed by both sides during the meeting. Following a general introduction on the current state of the bilateral cooperation in this field by the Deputy Derector Mr. ZHOU Bing, Mr. Riegler held a presentation on research and innovation in Austria. The two delegations heard presentations by the Sutong Ecopark, the National Economical Technological Development Zones in Beijing, the Green Development League of NETDZs, the Austrian Business Service AWS on the Global Incubator Network (GIN), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and a representative of the general directorate of Digitalization of BMDW. Mr Zhou and Mr Riegler presented the conclusions of the Working Group at the 27th session of Joint Economic Commission which was held on the following day in Beijing.

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National Economical Technological Development Zone

 

Possible cooperation with the EIB to promote high-tech Made in Austria

EIB support for projects in China

Photo: Logo of EIB

05 April 2019 – Director of OSTA Beijing, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, meets with Mr. Alain Nadeau, Head of the EIB Representation to China and Mongolia.

Purpose of this visit was to elaborate possible ways of collaboration in the implementation of Austrian technology projects in China. Nadeau explained that the EIB acts as a non-commercial bank since 1958 and operates around 50 regional offices in Europe and beyond, since 2016 in China. With its main focus in Europe, the EIB supports projects of European interest also in China, mainly aiming at contributing to the fulfilment of the COP21 Climate targets. EIB has three stands of activity: (1) lending as its main purpose, (2) funding, (3) being the major contributor to the EIF (European Investment Funds) to support SMEs

Agathonos presented the focus of Austrian technology cooperation with China and the role of OSTA Beijing. The Austrian projects described are in the thematic interest of the activities of the EIB in China but are relatively short term R&D-related projects, while the EIB aims at larger longer-term investments. However, promising ways of collaboration could be identified: (1) OSTA to flag promising Austrian projects to EIB that could be further developed; (2) EIB to explain EIB-processes and contributes with its expertise in project implementation; (3) the ongoing Austrian collaboration with NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China), could be utilized to promote the implementation of Austrian projects.

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1. Joint Call: Zhejiang – Austria Research Initiative

Launch of the Collaboration 

The 1st Joint Call of the Zhejiang Province – Austria Research Initiative, which is jointly funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and by the Zhejiang Science and Technology Department of the Provincial Government (ZSTD), was launched on February 25. The call for Cooperative R&D projects aims at supporting jointly identified research topics with mutual interests and scientific excellence based on the cooperation agreement between the ZSTD and FFG signed on April 10, 2018.

This call will facilitate research collaboration between companies and scientific institutions based in Zhejiang and Austria with a focus on tangible and substantial impacts on key areas in the field of Smart Cities Applicants need to refer to at least one of the following topics: 1. ICT for smart cities 2. Green and sustaniable buildings 3. Smart energy systems 4. Smart moblity.

The application deadline is June 14 at 12:00 C.E.T..

 

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The first Joint Working Group Meeting between ATC and Jiaxing Nanhu District

Further enhance cooperation in the field of smart city 


Photo: The first Joint Working Group Meeting between ATC and Jiaxing Nanhu District

06 November 2018 – The first Joint Working Group Meeting between the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) and the Nanhu District of Jiaxing City was successfully held in Jiaxing Science City. The Austrian delegation was headed by Mr Alexander Unkart, from the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria (BMVIT). The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr CAO Jiandi, Director of Development and Reform Bureau (DRC) of Nanhu District and Mr ZHOU Chuangen, Deputy Director of DRC Nanhu and included representatives from urban planning organisations.

Both sides held in-depth discussions regarding the cooperation in the field of smart city. Following a general introduction of Nanhu District and Jiaxing Science City, Mr Tino Terraneo, CEO of ATC held an informative presentation on smart city solutions, focusing on urban planning, smart mobility, smart energy, urban farming, green city, urban environment, E-Government, E-Health, safety and security, etc. Ms Sandra Schneider from the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) also introduced a new generation of urban planning tools and methods, such as rapid prototyping of cities, infrastructure and districts. Active and constructive talks were held after the presentations.

 

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Austrian Technology Day 2018 finished the first stop in Chengdu

“Tecxport” achieved a futher step


Photo: Mr Martin Allgäuer, Austrian Consul General in Chengdu opened the event

05 November 2018 – The Austrian Technology Day 2018 (Chengdu), which was organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province, co-organized by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Office of Science and Technology (OSTA), Austrian Consulate General Chengdu Commercial Section and Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC), was successfully held at the Centre for China-Europe Cooperation (CCEC) managed by the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC).

The Austrian Technology Day (Chengdu) was opened by Mr Martin Allgäuer, Austrian Consul General in Chengdu; Mr JING Shigang, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province; Mr Alexander Unkart, BMVIT; Ms Segree Dai, President of EUPIC and Ms Birgit Murr, Austrian Consul for Commercial Affairs in Chengdu. Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, moderated the event.

This event gathered over 120 participants from both Austria and China, who discussed the following areas of possible cooperation: “Aeropolis” (Chengdu Tianfu International Airport), Environment & Energy and Urban Development & Disaster prevention. Representatives from 12 Austrian technology-oriented companies and research organisations (ATC, BT Seals Austria, Getzner, GWT, Lumitech, Neubau, M-U-T, Austrian State Printing Office, RISE, Geodata, AIT and FFG), held interesting presentations during the event, presenting various state-of-the-art Austrian technologies, products and services. Participants from the Chinese side came from local government, S&T organizations and over 40 companies. 6 Chinese companies also held presentations at each topic. On the margin of the event, participants of both sides were able to find potential partners at networking tea break and lunch buffet.

The Austrian Technology Day 2018 in Chengdu offered another outstanding opportunity for information exchange and further technology cooperation between Austria and Sichuan.

 

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Meeting with the Chengdu DRC and S&T Department

Preparing Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu 

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Photo:Bilateral talks with Chengdu DRC and S&T Department 

20 September 2018 – An Austrian Delegation, headed by Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA, accompanied by Mr Martin Allgäuer, Consul General of Austria in Chengdu, met representatives of the Chengdu Municipal Development and Reform Commission and the Chengdu Municipal Science and Technology Department. Both sides exchanged opinions regarding specific cooperation fields and possibility of co-hosting the event Austrian Technology Day, which will presumably take place on 05 November in Chengdu.

Focused on the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport and actual urban development of Chengdu, Mr Agathonos “offered” „Aeropolis“ (border control, crowd-management), environmental technologies (drinking water management, wastewater management, CO² conversion technology, passive house), mobility (smart transport system) and disaster management (Geo-mapping) etc. as possible cooperation fields between Austria and Chengdu.

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Meeting with the Sichuan S&T Department

Exploring further cooperation fields and preparing Austrian Technology Day

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Photo: Lin, Thenmayer, Zanetta, Agathonos, Liu, Allgäuer, Zhao in front of Austrian booth on WCIF

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Photo: Bilateral talks on margin of WCIF

20 September 2018 – In the margin of WCIF – Western China International Fair, Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA and Mr Martin Allgäuer, Consul General of Austria in Chengdu met the Director General of Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province, Mr LIU Dong. Mr Agathonos firstly presented the Austrian booth to DG Liu and both sides subsequently held fruitful talks regarding the possible fields for bilateral cooperation and the preparation of Austrian Technology Day, which will presumably take place on 05 November in Chengdu.

Focused on the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport and actual urban development of Chengdu, Mr Agathonos “offered” „Aeropolis“ (border control, crowd-management), environmental technologies (drinking water management, wastewater management, CO² conversion technology, passive house), mobility (smart transport system) and disaster management (Geo-mapping) etc. as possible cooperation fields between Austria and Chengdu. DG Liu agreed with the proposal and ensured the support pf his Department  for the Austrian Technology Day event.

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Austria as guest of honor for EU-China Fair and WCIF

Leading Austrian technologies become more prominent 

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Photo: Mr Agathonos presenting Austrian technologies in cyber security range on 13th EU-China Fair

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Photo: Allgäuer, Huang, Agathonos, Zanetta, Thenmayer, Austrian booth on WCIF

19 September 2018 – The 13th EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair opened in Chengdu. On invitation of the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC Chengdu), Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA attended this significant event. Following a VIP meeting with the Chengdu Municipal Government and the opening ceremony, Mr Agathonos held a keynote presentation regarding “Technological Innovation – Enabling Security and Sustainability” at the EU-China New Economy Forum. On behalf of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, He introduced OSTA and presented selected Austrian technologies portfolio in the field of digital safety and cyber security and green environmental technologies, such as the state-of-the-art digital identity border management for airport security, Blockchain forensic and DMC production based on CO², which caught great attention from attending partners. Mr Agathonos also noted, that Chengdu was the final station of the SilkRoad4.0 trip by Mr Philipe Reinisch, who traveled with a motorbike from Europe to Asia along the silk road.

On the following day, 20 September, the 17th WCIF – Western China International Fair also opened in Chengdu. Austrian booth within the EU exhibition hall, provided and set up by EUPIC free of charge gave us the chance to present OSTA, the AIT the SilkRoad4.0 project as well as the (governmental) Agency for European Integration (AEI), which signed an MoU with EUPIC. It attracted many visitors.

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Burgenland delegation visits China

deeping the strategic partnership between Burgenland and Hunan Province 

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Photo: Hans Niessl, XU Dazhe

10 June 2018 – A Delegation of the Province of Burgenland and BMVIT, composed by Mr Hans Niessl (Governor), Mr Christian Illedits (President of the Provincial Parliament), Mr Alexander Petschnig (Vice Governor), Mr Gernot Grimm (Head of the Staff Group Technology Transfer) and other officials paid a visit to China from 10th to 17th of June 2018. The delegation stopped at first in Hongkong and Jieyang in order to meet several high level officials and take part in commercial forums.

On the 13th of June the Burgenland Delegation met Mr XU Dazhe (Governor of Hunan Province) accompanied by OSTA and Cultural Section of the Austrian Embassy, in Changsha and had fruitful talks about the long term established partnership of both sides. On the next day companies from Burgenland attended a business forum and promoted their advantageous technologies in the fields of energy efficiency and water treatment.

On the following days the Delegation made stops in the cities of Zhangjiajie and Shanghai. In Zhangjiajie the Mayor of the city of Mörbisch in Burgenland signed a partnership agreement with the Mayor of Zhangjiajie.

 

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OSTA accompanies Chengdu and CCUD Delegation to Austria

Determining common cooperation fields 

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Photo: Representatives of BMVIT, CCUD, Chengdu DRC and OSTA

04 June 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria (BMVIT) greeted distinguished guests from the Chengdu Development and Reform Commission and the China Center for Urban Development in Vienna. During their fruitful and result-orientated discussions the two delegations jointly talked about projects relating to JPI Urban Europe, Smart City, Positive Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied the delegation and provided valuable background information which facilitated the discussions.

At the end of the meeting both sides confirmed their readiness to swiftly engage in follow-up activities.

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