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.
Connecting China with Austrian innovative technology
Photo: Su Hua, Verena Yu, Sabine Herlitschka, Peter Schintlmeister, Liu Jian
5 September 2016 – World-class semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies visited OSTA. Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO & CTO of Infineon Technolgies Austria, Dr. Su Hua, president & managing director of Infineon Technologies China and his colleague Liu Jian, director of department for government relations and public affairs introduced Infineon’s effort in promoting technological innovation as well as providing practical solutions. Working closely with the Chinese academia, Infineon Technologies is now deepening the connection to China. In a cordial atmosphere experiences and views on cooperating with China were exchanged with Peter Schintlmeister, Counsellor for Science and Technology and director of OSTA.
Coming together to develop and improve cooperation strategies
Photo: Chen Yin, vice minister Huai Jinpeng, Xie Shaofeng (all MIIT)
14 July 2016 – High-ranking representatives of the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT) and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) came together in Beijing for the 7th EU-China policy dialogue on ICT. OSTA, together with diplomats from other EU member states such as Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom, joined the meeting as an observer.
Agenda items inter alia contained topics of special interest to Austria like urbanisation and R&D on ICT. ICT will be the topic of the third joint call between FFG and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). The call and a preceding visit of experts on ICT from Austria to China are scheduled for early 2017.
Foundations of Data Science with focus on Big Data Management
The Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at Graz University of Technology is seeking applications for the position of a professorship for Foundations of Data Science with focus on Big Data Management at the Institute of Knowledge Technologies. The successful candidate will hold a §98 UG professorship with a duration of 5 years. After a successful evaluation an unlimited contract is foreseen. The chosen application domain for this professorship is Smart Production / Industry 4.0.
Deepening bilateral cooperation in basic research
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and its Chinese partner organization, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), jointly launched a joint call for bilateral research projects with a duration of up to three years. Proposals can be submitted in the fields of “biodiversity, evolutionary biology, behavioural biology”, “information and communication technology” and “mathematics”.
Official Kick off for ICT Cooperation with Austrian Stakeholders
On 26 January 2016, a preparation workshop for the third joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) in Vienna for Austrian stakeholders and interested parties.
In 2015, FFG and CAS agreed on a long-term cooperation including three joint calls from 2015 to 2017: the first joint call on nanotechnologies was launched in January 2015 and three winners were successfully chosen in August 2015. The current joint call on advanced materials is open for submission until 31 May 2016. The third joint call between FFG and CAS is planned for 2017 on the topic of ICT.