Networking reception given by OSTA
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).
Talking about Internet of Things: chances and challenges
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.
Intensive exchange with Chinese experts in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing
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.
First leg of the visit in China
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.
Identifying research collaboration fields
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.
Deepening the collaboration with CAS
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.
Talks about the future cooperation possibilities between CAS and Austria
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.
Preparing for the upcoming joint call and exploring new cooperation possibilities
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.
Sharing ideas for future Sino-Austrian cooperation
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.
Discussion about the ongoing cooperation between CAS and FFG and the upcoming ICT delegation
Photo: CAO Dianwen, Peter Schintlmeister
13 September 2016 – Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and was warmly welcomed by Mr. CAO Dianwen, new Deputy Director-General of its Bureau of International Cooperation. In a friendly atmosphere, matters about the cooperation between CAS and FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) were discussed. The ongoing cooperation is deemed to run very smoothly and both sides expressed their interest in a continuation.
Currently a MoU between CAS and FFG is in force, signed in 2015 and agreeing on the implementation of three joint calls. Projects of the first call 2015 in the area of Nanotechnology are already being conducted. Presently projects of the second call in the area of Advanced Materials are being shortlisted for funding and preparations for the third call in the area of ICT are being made.
An Austrian delegation of scientists, researchers and other experts in ICT will come to China in March 2017, visit possible stakeholders and discuss potential cooperation projects. This trip will be realized in close cooperation with CAS, which will also suggest relevant institutes and organisations of interest for the visit.