Informal Exchange in Vienna
On Monday 22 January, the director of OSTA (Office of Science and Technology Austria), Mr Philipp Agathonos met the Rector of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Ms Elisabeth Freismuth, who coordinates the China activities of the Conference of Austrian Universities, at OeAD (Austrian Exchange Service) Office in Vienna. After having exchanged prospects on a more active participation of the leadership of Austrian Universities in academic cooperation between Austria and China, they both joined the informal meeting at the same venue with the visiting president of Fudan University Shanghai, Ningsheng Xu, the OeAD’s director general Stefan Zotti, and the head of the OeAD Cooperation Office in Shanghai, Alexandra Wagner.
Further opportunities for science and technology cooperation with Austria
Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a speech about the current and potential cooperation with Austria in Hefei
After the launch of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour at the Italian Embassy on 27th October 2017 in Beijing and the station on 1st November 2017 in Hangzhou, the Tour continued its track further to Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan, Hefei, Shanghai and ended on 1st December successfully in Suzhou. Representatives from the EU Delegation, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Croatia attended the events. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.
In Hefei station Austria was represented by OSTA Director Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr Philipp Agathonos. Max Pfeiler covered all other stations. They held speeches presenting the current and potential S&T cooperation between China and Austria. In Hefei Prof. Kai CHEN, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), a collaborator of Austria’s most prominent Chinese alumnus, Prof. Jianwei PAN, gave a testimonial on cooperation in field of quantum communication following the speech of Mr Agathonos.
The EU-China Research and Innovation Tour received great responses from local S&T departments and created more opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with a variety of covering areas in the promising future.
Presenting possibilities for science and technology cooperation with Austria
Photo: Max Pfeiler held a speech about the potential cooperation with Austria
On 1 November 2017, the second station of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour 2017 was held at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Hangzhou, Province Zhejiang. Staff of OSTA, Mr Max Pfeiler, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain attended the event. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.
Chinese representatives, such as Mr. WANG Jian, Deputy Director of Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department, Mr. DONG Keqin, Director of the Division for European Affairs of MOST, Mr. ZHU Zefei, President of Hangzhou Dianzi University, participated actively in the event and announced their willingness to accelerate the EU-China cooperation activities.
Start of the Tour at the Italian Embassy in Beijing
Photo: EU-China Cooperation
Beijing Event was the inaugural meeting of the “2017 EU-China Research and Innovation Tour “. It took place on 27 October 2017 in the Embassy of Italy, bringing together an audience of over 100 people. The seminar was also special because of the presence of a delegation from Brussels, led by Mr. Philippe Vialatte, acting Head of Unit at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The Austrian delegation was composed by participants both from Beijing (OSTA-Director Philipp Agathonos and Science Officers Max Pfeiler and Lothar Hahn) and Vienna (Helmut Leopold, Austrian Institute of Technology, Stefanie Nagel, Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy as well as Ralf König and Elli Tzatzanis-Stepanovic, from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
Mr. ZHU Xuehua, Deputy Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, gave a testimonial about his experience in EU-China R&I Cooperation and talked about the new Co-funding Mechanism for Chinese Participants in Horizon 2020.
The first real-world demonstration of intercontinental quantum communication
Photo: President BAI is hosting the video conference in Beijing
On 29th September, the first quantum-safe video conference was successfully held between President BAI Chunli of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and President Anton Zeilinger of the Austria Academy of Sciences in Vienna. President BAI spoke of “a big day for mankind”, President Zeilinger was convinced, that “one day, we will be having quantum internet”.
Ambassador Friedrich Stift and Philipp Agathonos, the Director of OSTA attended the conference and congratulated the outstanding achievement of the long-lasting collaboration between Professor PAN Jianwei, an Austrian alumni, and Professor Anton Zeilinger’s group. Professor PAN recalled having first been to Austria on a scholarship of OEAD and first meeting his mentor, Professor Zeilinger, 20 years ago.
After the video conference, Ambassador Stift discussed with President BAI about the ongoing scientific cooperation between China and Austria and exchanged opinions on how to reinforce the bilateral collaboration in the future.
Austrian scientists and entrepreneurs in the field nanotechnology visit China
Photo: Group photo in Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology
A delegation with 21 Austrian nanotechnology experts from excellent Austrian universities, research organizations and representatives from Austrian companies has successfully visited China from 10-15 September this year. The delegation was led by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Technology (BMVIT) and organized in collaboration with Advantage Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. During their visit, the Austrian experts participated in diverse roundtables on nanoscience and nanotechnology, which were co-organized with institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Shenzhen, Suzhou, Beijing as well as the Shanghai University. The main purpose of the visit is finding more potential cooperation partners and preparing for the upcoming joint calls: the fourth joint call between Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and CAS and the third joint call between FFG and Shanghai University.
On the 11 September, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) hosted the roundtable. Officials from SIAT, Shenzhen New Material Industrial Association and Shenzhen Science & Technology Development Exchange Center were present and delivered welcome address. On the following day, the delegation visited Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) in Suzhou.
In Shanghai, the Austria-China Roundtable on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has been held for three years, aiming at promoting the scientific exchange on nanoscience between Shanghai University and Austrian research institutions. Based on the successful roundtables in the past three years, six Sino-Austrian R&D projects have been launched since 2015. Both sides spoke highly of the ongoing joint research projects and believed this year’s roundtable will continue to strengthen the bilateral cooperation on nanotechnology.
In Beijing, the delegation was warmly welcomed by the Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS). A one-day event including roundtable, lab visit and individual science to science meetings were arranged, which enabled the participants to gain deeper insights into research areas of their potential cooperation partners and get closer contact with each other. Especially during the individual meetings, scientists from both sides expressed strong willingness to conduct concrete cooperation project and discussed potential projects in detail.
Deepening Sino-Austrian scientific collaboration
Photo: Li Mingzhu, Philipp Agathonos, He Shenggui
21 June 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 Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) in Beijing. ICCAS is one of the most renowned research facilities in the field of chemical research in China and was one of the three selected winners for the first joint call between FFG and CAS. From 10 September to 15 September this year, an Austrian delegation led by Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) will visit ICCAS during their trip to China for a one-day event including lab visit and science-to-science talks.
Preparations for the upcoming joint call with CAS are under way
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.
Solving China’s environmental problems with Austrian technologies
Photo: Julia Wang, Elisabeth Rysanek, Philipp Agathonos, Tang Yandong, Guo Xin
17 May 2017 – To deepen the Sino-Austrian technological cooperation in the field of environmental protection, Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA and Elisabeth Rysanek, head of the environmental and agricultural section of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing, paid a visit to the foreign economic cooperation office of ministry of environmental protection (MEPFECO). Both sides recognized in the fruitful exchange that Austria enjoys a wide range of leading environmental technologies, especially in the field of land reclamation and waste disposal, and cooperation potential between Austria and China should be highly great.
Laying cornerstone for new cooperative projects
17 May 2017 – Led by Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA and Dr. Gernot Grimm, head of staff group for technology transfer and security research, Austrian federal ministry for science, technology and transport (BMVIT), an Austrian delegation came together with Liu Zhiguang, director general of department of international cooperation, science and technology, ministry of water resources; Li Yun, vice president of the Nanjing hydraulic research institute and other representatives to discuss about the on-going as well as further collaboration. After reviewing the achieved progresses, both sides confirmed the great cooperation potential between Austria and China, especially in the field of water management. Elisabeth Rysanek, head of the environmental and agricultural section of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing also attended the meeting.