OSTA meets with the Director-General of ZSTD

More common interest for further S&T cooperation

Photo: Mr Agathonos and Mr Gao

21 May 2019 – Following the state visit of the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Hangzhou in April, Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, met with Mr GAO Yingzhong, Director-General of Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department (ZSTD). Mr Gao emphasized the development objective to create a strong and innovative province, focusing on Internet+, digital economy and life science. Mr Agathonos underlined the superior technology areas in Austria, such as environment protection, cyber security, and agreed to find more common interest for the S&T cooperation in the future. Mr Christian Frey, Director of the Austrian Promotion Agency (FFG), which runs the ongoing Joint Call with the province Zhejiang, suggested to establish a Web-Catalog for better exchange between Austrian and Chinese enterprises. Both sides expected to see fruitful results after the end of the Call on 14 June.

The event “Austrian Technology Day”, which took place in Xi’an, Chengdu, Beijing, Hangzhou and Hongkong, is being held in Jiaxing on 22 May again. An Austrian Delegation on ICT will pay a visit to China, including Hangzhou in November. Mr Agathonos thanked for the great support of ZSTD, and ZSTD will continue to dedicate to the S&T cooperation between both sides.




OSTA presents Austria at the China-EU R&I Stakeholder Tour in Nanjing and in Nanning

Around 400 participants in Nanjing and in Nanning at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour 

Photo: Attentive audience in Nanning

13 – 14 May 2019 – The Nanjing/Naning Cluster of the China-EU Research and Innovation Stakolders Tour has been attended by around 150 (Nanjing, May 13) and around 250 (Nanning, May 14) researchers, R&I mangers, students and R&I stakeholders. This great interest shows the high relevance of international collaboration with Europe in China.

The Nanjing/Naning Cluster was organised by China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) in collaboration with leading local partners from the Province Jiangsu and the Guangxi autonomous region, supported by OSTA and the EU.

After the welcome by honoraries and by the organisers, CSTEC presented the policies and application rules for joint calls within the co-fund mechanism, which has been established for the Support of Chinese R&D to enable their funding for Horizon 2020 Projects. This funding scheme is required, as while almost all parts of Horizon Europe are open to participants from China, Chinese researchers are normally not eligible for funding.

Presentations of national and EU R&I policies and programs towards China by representatives from  Austria (OSTA Beijing), France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and the European Union, described options for Chinese R&D actors to study in Europe or to collaborate in R&I. European States offer a wide variety of options and the European Framework Programme for R&I, Horizon Europe, complements national R&I policies and, with it’s Flagship Calls in priority Areas, pursues a targeted European R&I Approach towards China.

The Nanjing/Naning Cluster is part of the annual China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour, which was held in several Chinese regions. It seeks to highlight opportunities proposed to Chinese researchers and innovators by EU member states and the European Union to China to collaborate with European researchers and innovators, while promoting Europe as a key global destination for research, innovation and knowledge-creation.




Workshop on the cooperation between Austria and the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Photo: Mr. Wang Zhenyu, Deputy Director General of Bureau of International Co-operation Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Photo: signing ceremony (CAS Official Website)

27 April 2019 – On the occasion of the signing ceremony of the „Cooperation Agreement between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Research Cooperation for the duration 2020 – 2025“ between the CAS and FFG during the official visit of chancellor Kurz in China, OSTA organized a workshop for the journalists at the Austrian Embassy. The event began with a presentation from Mr. Philipp Agathonos and was followed with a speech given by Mr. Wang Zhenyu. The audience was comprised of journalists representing different media outlets from Austria.

Mr. Wang Zhenyu gave detailed overview and insight on China as a key player in R&D in several technology fields and on Austrian-Chinese Cooperation on these issues.

After completing his speech, Mr. Wang Zhenyu took ample time to answer several questions asked by the audience.

The workshop was an excellent opportunity for networking and exchanges between the participants.


OSTA meets Sichuan FAO

Inviting Austria as Guest of Honor for the “High-Tech Expo” in Mianyang

Photo: Group photo

25 April 2019 – On behalf of Ambassador Friedrich Stift, Mr Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, received representatives of the Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) of Sichuan Province at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing. Mr TANG Rui, Deputy Director General of Sichuan FAO, gave a brief introduction of Mianyang City and the Sichuan Province, and invited Austria to attend the 7th China Science & Technology City International High-Tech Expo in Mianyang as Guest of Honor. As follow-up to the successful state visit by the Austrian Federal President and the Austrian Federal Chancellor to China (including Chengdu) last year and with the perspective of a fruitful cooperation between Austria and Sichuan in various aspects, Mr Pfeiler expressed sincere thanks to the invitation and mentioned the upcoming delegation of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), which will pay a visit to Chengdu and Mianyang on 20 May, 2019. The preparations for this visit are conducted in close collaboration with the commercial section of the Austrian Consulate General in Chengdu. Both sides expected further progress following this visit.

The High-Tech Expo, co-organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST) and the People’s Government of Sichuan Province, will take place from 5th to 8th September 2019 in Mianyang, which is well known as the second largest city and S&T hotspot of the Sichuan Province.



OSTA attended 2019 (First) China International Industrial Internet Expo

Explore cooperation on industrial internet and digital economy

Photo: opening ceremony

12 April 2019 – The 2019 (First) China International Industrial Internet Expo was opened at the Wuzhen Internet International Convention and Exhibition Center in Tongxiang, Jiaxing. This exhibition focuses on exhibiting domestic and international leading industrial internet solutions, industrial internet platforms, standards, security, data, applications and so on. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) attended the official opening ceremony of the Expo.

Before the Expo Mr Agathonos also participated in the „2019 Wuzhen ABC Forum“, which was organized by the China Federation Of Industrial Economics (CFIE), Shanghai Federation of Social Science Associations and Wuzhen Think Tank on the 11th April. At the forum, the guests discussed about digital economy, artificial intelligence, intelligent manufacturing and industrial internet.


Possible cooperation with the EIB to promote high-tech Made in Austria

EIB support for projects in China

Photo: Logo of EIB

05 April 2019 – Director of OSTA Beijing, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, meets with Mr. Alain Nadeau, Head of the EIB Representation to China and Mongolia.

Purpose of this visit was to elaborate possible ways of collaboration in the implementation of Austrian technology projects in China. Nadeau explained that the EIB acts as a non-commercial bank since 1958 and operates around 50 regional offices in Europe and beyond, since 2016 in China. With its main focus in Europe, the EIB supports projects of European interest also in China, mainly aiming at contributing to the fulfilment of the COP21 Climate targets. EIB has three stands of activity: (1) lending as its main purpose, (2) funding, (3) being the major contributor to the EIF (European Investment Funds) to support SMEs

Agathonos presented the focus of Austrian technology cooperation with China and the role of OSTA Beijing. The Austrian projects described are in the thematic interest of the activities of the EIB in China but are relatively short term R&D-related projects, while the EIB aims at larger longer-term investments. However, promising ways of collaboration could be identified: (1) OSTA to flag promising Austrian projects to EIB that could be further developed; (2) EIB to explain EIB-processes and contributes with its expertise in project implementation; (3) the ongoing Austrian collaboration with NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China), could be utilized to promote the implementation of Austrian projects.



Ambassador Stift meets the District Government Gulou, Nanjing

Paving the way for STI cooperation between Austria and Nanjing

Photo: Group photo with Ambassador Stift

April 03, 2019 – Accompanied by OSTA, Ambassador Friedrich Stift met representatives from the People’s Government of Gulou District, Nanjing.

The delegation of the Gulou district was headed by Chief Executive Mr WU Wei, who informed the ambassador about his plans to pay a visit to Austria at the end of the month, with the purpose to facilitate science and innovation cooperation between Nanjing and Austria. He pointed out that half of Nanjings Universities and academic scholars are based in the Gulou district. Ambassador Stift and Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, emphasized the importance of the ongoing bilateral cooperation between Austria and China and assured Mr Wu that the embassy and OSTA in particular will provide the necessary support. Ambassador Stift and Mr Agathonos were also invited to attend the Nanjing Innovation Week, which will take place from June 26 – 30 in Nanjing.

Both sides expressed their interest in establishing a cooperation mechanism between Austria and Nanjing in the future. Further work arrangements in detail will be carried out by OSTA.



The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 continues to Wuhan and Chongqing

Identifying new STI collaborations with China

Photo: Group photo in Chongqing

March 26, 2019 – The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 continues to its second cluster, Wuhan and Chongqing. In Wuhan, the event was opened by Dr. Philippe Vialatte, Minister Counsellor, Head of the Science and Technology Section, Delegation of the European Union to China, Mr. DU Yun, Deputy Director General of Hubei Provincial S&T Department, and Mr. XIE Xiaolin, Vice President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, the Nederlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and EURAXESS participated in this event. They introduced their current collaboration status quo on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for EU and bilateral cooperation with China. During the training session of Horizon 2020, the MSCA – Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – was introduced by Mr Matteo Sabini, that Chinese institution can act as non-funded partner organisations to establish and strengthen collaborations with European partners. Representatives of the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC), affiliate to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), also gave an overview of new opportunities of China-EU STI cooperation as well as policies and application rules for China-EU CFM projects.

On March 28, the tour continued successfully to Chongqing, where the Chongqing Municipal S&T Bureau cordially granted relief to all tour activities.


The 2019 China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour has been launched

Presenting the Austrian STI collaborations with China

Photo: Group Photo of EU Delegation, EU MS, MOST, CSTEC and Shandong Provincial Government

12 March 2019 – The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 has been launched in Jinan, Shandong Province. The launching event was opened by Mr ZHANG Zhuxiu, Director General of Shandong Provincial Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, and Mr Nicolas Chapius, the EU Ambassador to China. Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, Germany, Latvia, Italy and EURAXESS participated in this event. They introduced their current collaboration status quo on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for EU and bilateral cooperation with China. Chinese representatives of the Ministry of Science and Technology and its affiliated China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) also gave an overview of China-EU cooperation policies and further opportunities.

On the following day, the event continued successfully to Qingdao where the local S&T authorities and the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (Chiniese Academy of Sciences) cordially granted relief to all tour activities.


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..