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..




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 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.





Joint Call on ICT between FFG and CAS launched

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.


ICT experts welcomed at the Austrian Embassy Beijing

Networking reception given by OSTA

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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).


OSTA initiates first Worshop at the Austrian Embassy Beijing

Talking about Internet of Things: chances and challenges

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Photo: Helmut Leopold 

16 March 2017 – On the occasion of the visit of 25 Austrian ICT experts, a workshop on Internet of Things was held at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. Helmut Leopold, director of the digital safety and security department of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Prof. Xiong Gang, deputy director of the Beijing Engineering Research Centre of Intelligent Systems and Technology and Dominic Klein from the EU Delegation to China Held a lively discussions shedding light to various scientific, technical and security aspects of the issue. The event was opened and moderated by Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA.

Austrian ICT delegation successfully concluded the visit to China

Intensive exchange with Chinese experts in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing

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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.


Austrian delegation visits Huawei Headquarter in Shenzhen

First leg of the visit in China

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Photo: Austrian delegation in the Huawei exhibition hall

12 March 2017 – A delegation of 25 ICT experts from renowned Austrian research institutes and companies, led by Lisbeth Mosnik, Deputy Head of Department ICT, Manufacturing, Nano and Space, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), visited the Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen. The world-leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer impressed the delegation members with its strong and advanced technologies.

Huawei is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and Services company and  has ist Headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. It is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world and has expanded its business to include: building telecommunications networks; providing operational and consulting services and equipment to enterprises inside and outside of China; and manufacturing communications devices for the consumer market. Its products and services have been deployed in more than 140 countries and it currently serves 45 of the world’s 50 largest telecoms operators.