Joint Call on ICT between FFG and CAS launched

Extending research collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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 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.

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FFG-GDST Pre-Call launched

Identifying research collaboration fields

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24 January 2017 – In the framework of the cooperation between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST), a  Pre-Call for identifying project partners is open for submissions.

According to the requirements of the Guangdong Science and Technology Department and the Austrian Research and Promotion Agency, the project partners should have the capability to complete the project. The project is of international excellence and can attract researchers in key research fields.

 

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OSTA meets IS CAS

Deepening the collaboration with CAS

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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.

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Positive information exchange between OSTA and CAS

Talks about the future cooperation possibilities between CAS and Austria

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Photo: CAO Dianwen, Philipp Agathonos

21 Dezember 2016 – In preparation for the Austrian delegation trip in ICT which will be held in March 2017 in close cooperation with CAS, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the CAS headquarter and had an exchange of views with the Deputy Director-General of the Bureau of International Cooperation Mr. CAO Dianwen. Mr. Agathonos handed over to the CAS an official letter by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) with regard to the cooperation beyond 2018 between the CAS and the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency).

The two sides also had a fruitful exchange on their recent and future activities and looked forward to a closer and more frequent communication. Furthermore they also talked about the engagement of the CAS in Chengdu in order to explore opportunities for cooperation between Austria and the CAS in Chengdu.

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OSTA establishes contact with ICT CAS

Preparing for the upcoming joint call and exploring new cooperation possibilities

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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.

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OSTA meets SIAT in Shenzhen

Sharing ideas for future Sino-Austrian cooperation  

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Photo: Wei Yanjie, Philipp Agathonos, Bi Yalei

8 December 2016 – With regard to the third joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, came together with representatives of the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT). He was warmly welcomed by BI Yalei, assistant to the director of SIAT, and had a fruitful discussion about future Sino-Austrian cooperation. SIAT focuses on information technology and biotechnology in emerging industries such as high-end medical imaging, big data and new energy and has established partnership with more than 200 firms, including Baidu, Huawei and Midea.

In March 2017, a delegation of Austrian experts on ICT will visit Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Following the delegation, the third bilateral joint call between FFG and CAS will be open for proposals. This call’s topic will cover joint projects in the field of ICT.

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