The Zhejiang Baibu Economic Development Area visits OSTA

Follow-up of the Austrian Technology Day in Jiaxing 

24 June 2019 – Mr Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, welcomed Mr ZHANG Haojun, Deputy Secretary of Zhejiang Baibu Economic Development Area (Baibu Town) at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. Mr Zhang introduced the Baibu Area and underlined the key development fields focusing on smart city, textile industry, equipment manufacturing, trademark printing, as well as new energy and new materials. Mr Zhang especially mentioned the Austrian enterprise VST, which is well known for composite formwork technologies and cooperates closely with the local partners, and expressed the willingness to expand further cooperation with Austria. For more exchange in possible cooperation fields, Mr Pfeiler invited the Baibu Area to take part in the event of the Austrian Delegation on ICT, which will pay a visit to Jiaxing during their tour in China in November this year. Representatives from Zhejiang Weltpure Environment Co. Ltd., who participated in the Austrian Technology Day in Jiaxing in May, also attended the meeting and exchanged views on matchmaking.

The Baibu Town is the west gate of Haiyan County, 137 kilometers away from Shanghai in the east and 80 kilometers away from Hangzhou in the south. It is located at the junction of Nanhu District, Xiuzhou District and Haining City in Jiaxing. The Baibu Economic Development Area has developed rapidly and has become the economic sub-center and an important industrial growth pole in Haiyan County.



OSTA meets with the Director-General of ZSTD

More common interest for further S&T cooperation

Photo: Mr Agathonos and Mr Gao

21 May 2019 – Following the state visit of the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Hangzhou in April, Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, met with Mr GAO Yingzhong, Director-General of Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department (ZSTD). Mr Gao emphasized the development objective to create a strong and innovative province, focusing on Internet+, digital economy and life science. Mr Agathonos underlined the superior technology areas in Austria, such as environment protection, cyber security, and agreed to find more common interest for the S&T cooperation in the future. Mr Christian Frey, Director of the Austrian Promotion Agency (FFG), which runs the ongoing Joint Call with the province Zhejiang, suggested to establish a Web-Catalog for better exchange between Austrian and Chinese enterprises. Both sides expected to see fruitful results after the end of the Call on 14 June.

The event “Austrian Technology Day”, which took place in Xi’an, Chengdu, Beijing, Hangzhou and Hongkong, is being held in Jiaxing on 22 May again. An Austrian Delegation on ICT will pay a visit to China, including Hangzhou in November. Mr Agathonos thanked for the great support of ZSTD, and ZSTD will continue to dedicate to the S&T cooperation between both sides.




OSTA visited Nanjing

Support cooperation between Chinese and Austrian Universities

18 March 2019 – On the occasion of the visit of Prof. Clemens Heitzinger (TU Wien) to Shanghai, Zhengzhou and Nanjing, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) held in-depth meetings with the officials from the No. 14 Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), from the Gulou district government of Nanjing. Representatives from the Nanjing University, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications as well as Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology also participated at the meetings.

At the meeting, the officials from the Gulou district government introduced the Nanjing Innovation Week, which will take place from June 26 – 30 in Nanjing. To promote this event and invite international participants from Austria, a Chinese delegation led by the District Mayor Mr. WU Wei announced a visit to Austria in April.  Mr. Agathonos assured that OSTA will provide the necessary support.

Furthermore, Mr. Agathonos briefed about the planned Austrian delegation trip in the field of ICT in November this year. The representatives from the local universities in Nanjing expressed great interest to host a one-day workshop with the Austrian delegation. The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for intensifying the science exchange and cooperation between Nanjing and Austria.


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..




OSTA visited USTC in Shanghai

Strength the Chinese and Austrian cooperation on ICT

Photo: Prof. PAN Jianwei and Mr. Philipp Agathonos

17 January 2019 – Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) visited the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Studies of University of Science & Technology of China (USTC). Mr. Agathonos was warmly welcomed by Prof. PAN Jianwei, the vice president of the USTC. Mr. Agathonos complimented Prof. PAN as the most famous and influential Chinese Alumnus from Austria and the top scientist in China.

During the meeting, Mr. Agathonos introduced the upcoming Cyber Security Week in the March and sincerely invited Prof. PAN to attend the event in Vienna. Mr. Agathonos also extended the wish to co-organize scientific workshop between Prof. PAN’s research group and the Austrian ICT delegation in November, which will take place within the scope of the CAS-FFG joint call.

Prof. PAN expressed his thanks and looked forward to the visiting of the Austrian delegation on ICT, which will be an excellent opportunity to enhance the Chinese and Austrian cooperation. Furthermore, Prof. PAN mentioned that he plans to invite dozens of the Austrian top PhD-students to visit Shanghai in the spring this year. OSTA kindly offered to support the relevant preparations.


Smart City Workshop

Intensive Exchange of views in the area of Smart City between Austria and China

Photo: Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift, Mr. Ernst Woller

Photo: Panel Discussion at the 2018 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation

On Tuesday, the December 11th a Smart City Workshop was hosted at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing by the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy (OSTA Beijing) and opened by the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift.

Mr. Ernst Woller, first President of the Parliament of the Province of Vienna was invited by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the OSTA Beijing to attend the Workshop and deliver a key note speech on the City of Vienna’s remarkable evolution over the last 100 years. Vienna now ranks first in various international ranking systems measuring quality of life and level of digitalization.

Mr. Bernhard Müller, Secretary General of the Urban Forum and former mayor of the City Wiener Neustadt also attended the event an presented his organization as well as the Agency for European Integration, a Vienna-based governmental agency set-up to manage large transnational projects.

The AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, the largest Austrian applied research organization and the Austrian companies Swarco, Doppelmayr and Neubau, which are all present in China for several years as well as representatives from the China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD) of the NDRC, the China Academy for Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) of MoHURD and the Telekom-Giant Huawei gave informative Show-Case Presentations in the area of Smart City including cyber security, smart buildings, smart traffic and digitization.

On Wednesday 12 December, Mr. Ernst Woller, accompanied by Ambassador Stift, OSTA, AIT, Urban Forum, a representative of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and of the Research Promotion Agency participated at the 2018 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation dedicated on the planning of the Xiong’an New Area, organised by CAUPD and joined a Panel Discussion at the opening session of the event.




Silk Road 4.0

A promotional private initiative where adventure meets technology

Photo: Philipe Reinisch, Philipp Agathonos, Emanuel Lehner-Telič

Mr. Philipe Reinisch, Co-founder of the Austrian Internet of Things Network and initiator of the Project “Silk Road 4.0” was invited by Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) and Mr Emanuel Lehner-Telic, Asia regional manager of Austrian Tourism on October 12th to the residence of The Austrian Embassy in Beijing to report from his travel on a motorcycle along the Silk Road from Vienna to China as part of his Silk Road 4.0 Project.

With Silkroad 4.0, Philipe Reinisch carried out a 10,000-kilometre journey by motorbike along the Silk Road from Austria to China during the summer months of 2018. The tour started in April 2018 in Vienna. In the summer of 2017, a pre-tour took place in Europe, where he traveled 6000 kilometer through 15 European countries in two months. The mission of the project Silk Road 4.0 was to “bring technology from all over Europe, give it a stage and show what is already possible” and to show when and where the latest technology is already being featured.

The impressing presentation was followed by a lively discussion and exchange of views. Mr Reinisch also gave an extensive Interview to Guangming Daily.


OSTA visited SIMIT in Shanghai

Preparations for the Austrian delegation on ICT

Photo: Logo of SIMIT

13 September 2018 – Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) visited the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT). Both sides reviewed the ongoing cooperation project within the framework of FFG-CAS Joint Call and held fruitful discussion about the preparatory works for the Austrian delegation trip in the field of ICT.

In November 2019, an Austrian delegation led by Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) will visit various CAS institutions during their trip to China.

SIMIT expressed their willingness to host the delegation for a one-day event including lab visit and science-to-science talks with the Chinese researchers. SIMIT deemed that the delegation visit will be an excellent opportunity for the Chinese and Austrian scientists to enhance exchange and cooperation.


OSTA participated at the 22nd China International Software Expo

Understanding the software industry development in China


Photo: Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing, held welcoming speech

On the 29 of June 2018, the 22nd China International Software Expo was opened at Beijing Exhibition Center. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology attended the global summit forum of software industry development.

The Expo was hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Beijing Municipal People’s Government. Miao Wei, Minister of MIIT and Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing delivered welcoming speeches. The forum gathered representatives from nearly 400 companies, officials from 18 Chinese local administrations and 11 foreign embassies, discussing software development, big data and information technology.


Visit of CETC in Beijing

Fruitful talks about cyber security between AIT and CETC

Photo: Philipp Agathonos, Lin MA, Helmut Leopold, Haizhen WEI, Christof Tatschl, Caiyi LOU, Wen YANG.

On 30th October, following the invitation of China Electronics Technology Group Coorperation (CETC) Mr Helmut Leopold, Head of the Center for Digital Safety & Security, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), visited the CETC in Beijing. Mr Leopold was accompanied by Philipp Agathonos (Minister Plenipotentiary, director of OSTA), Colonel Christof W. Tatschl (Defence Attaché of Austria) and Lingzhi Huang (Science and Technology Officer of OSTA). Lin MA (President of Information Science Academy, CETC), Caiyi LOU (Deputy Director of the 36th Research Institute of CETC), Haizhen WEI (General Manager of CETC Europe Innovation Industry & Technology GmbH) and twenty representatives of other ten institutes of CETC, CAEIT, CETCi, CETC-ISA und China Cyber Security attended the meeting.

Helmut Leopold gave an overview of AIT, especially presenting the research achievements in the field of cyber security and existing cooperation of AIT in the framework of EU programmes . He subsequently answered questions and discussed technical difficulties and solutions with the attending experts of CETC. Mr. Agathonos gave a brief information about the Vienna Cyber Security Week, which will take place from 29th January to 2nd February 2018 at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and invited CETC representatives sincerely to this event. Mr. Ma provided constructive opinions and suggestions for the potential cooperation in related fields in the future, which was agreed and confirmed by the Austrian side.