Preparations for the upcoming joint call with CAS are under way

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Photo: Sun Xuemei, Philipp Agathonos, Bian Lifeng, Lisa Kronreif, Luo Hao

24 Mai 2017 – In preparation for the fourth 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 Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Suzhou. In a friendly atmosphere, both sides expressed their interest in deepening the scientific collaboration in the field of nanotechnologies. In 2013, a Nano-Roundtable was successfully co-organised by OSTA and SINANO. From 10 September to 15 September this year, an Austrian delegation led by Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) will visit SINANO during their trip to China for a one-day event including lab visit and science-to-science talks. Lisa Kronreif, Vice Consul for Commercial Affairs from the Austrian Consulate in Shanghai also attended the Meeting.


Austria starts first call with Guangdong Province

Deepening research collaboration with China


27 April 2017 – After the successful signing of MoU between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Guangdong S&T Department in December 2016, the first Joint Call of the Guangdong-Austria Research Cooperation Programm was launched in April 2017. Companies and research institutes from Austria and the province of Guangdong can submit their cooperative proposals on the topic of ICT for smart cities, green and sustainable buildings for smart cities, smart energy systems and smart mobility. The total call budget for the Austrian project partners is EUR 1 million.


Joint Call on Graphen between FFG and Shanghai University launched

The second joint call with Shanghai University is open for proposals

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5 October 2016 – In the framework of the cooperation between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and renowned Shanghai University, a joint call for cooperativ R&D projects in the field of “graphen, functional nanomaterials and 3D-printing and processing” is open for submissions. FFG provides selected cooperative R&D project with financial support for a maximum of 3 years. The total call budget for the Austrian project partners is EUR 0.5 million (equivalent to around CNY 3,73 million). The funding amount for Austrian partners in a joint project must be between EUR 100,000 and EUR 500,000.

This is the second joint call between FFG and Shanghai University. Within the first joint call, three Sino-Austrian projects in the field of nanotechnology were successfully selected in 2015.


Cordial talk between OSTA and NCNST

Discussion about the cooperation between NCNST and Austria in the field of Nanoscience and Technology


Photo: ZHAO Yuliang, Peter Schintlmeister

28 September 2016 – Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) and held a fruitful talk with the Deputy Director-General Mr. ZHAO Yuliang about the research situation in the field of Nanoscience and Technology in both countries and the probable cooperation interests between NCNST, Austrian institutes and universities. Basic information about the NCNST and its special features compared to other CAS institutes respectively other institutes were kindly explained by Prof. Zhao. Matters about the research atmosphere, research policies and technology transfer of the research outcomes were exchanged.

The International conference on Nanoscience and Technology ChinaNANO which was 2005 firstly held by NCNST and takes place every two years, provides a good platform to connect institutes and researchers all over the world in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology and to stimulate discussions on the forefront of research. An Austrian Nano delegation consisting of Austrian institutes, universities and companies has respectively attended 2013 the Roundtable Opening of the ChiNano and the 6th ChinaNano 2015 in Beijing.  In the authumn 2017 an Austrian Nano delegation will again visit China and was kindly invited by Prof. Zhao to participate in ChinaNano 2017 in Beijing.


OSTA meets new DDG at CAS

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.


Graphene Workshop in Vienna

Preparing the 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister welcomes the experts

20 June 2016 – In the framework of the cooperation between FFG and Shanghai University, a delegation of Shanghai University, lead by Prof. Shi Liyi, vice director of the Nanoscience and Technology Research Center at Shanghai University, visits Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), Montan-University Leoben, CTP Air Pollution Control and the Green Tech Cluster in Graz.

In preparation of the upcoming 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University, a workshop on graphene-research was held at TU Vienna to present Austrian and Chinese expertise and to discuss joint research projects. Alexander Pogany, expert for national and international research policy in the area of industrial technologies at the BMVIT, and Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, as well as Prof. Shi warmly welcomed the experts from China and Austria.


Delegation of Invest Shenzhen meets OSTA

Preparing a visit to Austrian research institutes

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Photo: Julia Wang, Yan Kai, Peter Schintlmeister, Li Qiyue, Lu Yunfan

9 May 2016 – A delegation of Invest Shenzhen visited OSTA in preparation of their journey to Vienna later this month. Invest Shenzhen intends to visit Austrian research institutes and companies mainly in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and nanotechnology, who are interested in a cooperation with Shenzhen.


Two Austrian researchers receive Best Poster Award from CAS President Bai Chunli

A special highlight for the Austrian Delegation during the ChinaNANO 2015 conference

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Photo: President Bai Chunli with “Best Poster Award” winners

At the closing ceremony of the ChinaNANO 2015 Conference on 5 September, President Bai Chunli granted the “Best Poster Award” to two Austrian researchers. These were Mr Rudolf Heer from the Austrian Institute of Technology and Mr Gaffar Hossain from V-trion textile research. 20 researchers from a total of 600 participants in the poster sessions received this award.


Austrian Nanotechnology Delegation visits China

Austrian scientists and entrepreneurs in the field nanotechnology visit China for the 3rd time

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Photo: Cao Jinghua and Regina Figl with Austrian Nano Delegation

From 30 August to 5 September 2015, the Office of Science and Technology at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing arranged in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Science and Technology (BMVIT) and Advantage Austria a visit to China of a delegation of Austrian nanotechnology experts from science and industry.

In Guangdong, the delegation visited Sun Yat-Sen University and the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology. This was followed by a one-day roundtable at Shanghai University and a celebration of the winners of the first joint call with the Chinese Academy of Sciences at a reception in Beijing. From 3-5 September, the delegation participated in the ChinaNANO 2015 Conference and held kick-off meetings for their joint projects with CAS.


Austria starts three nano-projects with Chinese Academy of Sciences

FFG and CAS select the winners of their first joint call


Within the first joint call between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the first three projects were successfully selected. The call was launched in January this year as part of a long-term cooperation between FFG and CAS. The Austrian winners include Graz University of Technology, Global TCAD Solutions and the Austrian Institute of Technology. Mr. Stöger, the Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, highly esteemed the cooperation and believes it will reinforce top-level research and strengthen Austria’s connection with their Chinese partners.