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.

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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.

 

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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..

 

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Advanced Materials – The 5th bilateral joint call between CAS and FFG started

Fruitful cooperation between the Chinese and the Austrian research institutions

Photo: Logos of BMVIT and CAS

The 5th bilateral joint call between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) was launched on January, 30 2019. The aim of this Austrian-Chinese Cooperative R&D Project is to support jointly identified research topics on advanced materials with mutual interests and scientific excellence based on the existing cooperation agreement between FFG and CAS. The joint research proposal must address at least one of the following topics: 1. Renewable Materials 2. Materials for energy and processing 3. 3D-printing 4. Material characterization 5. Surfaces and coatings 6. Nanomedicine and nanosafety. The application deadline is at 5:00 p.m. 10th May 2019 (Beijing time).

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Austrian delegation on Advanced Materials successfully visited China

Intensive exchange with Chinese scientists and entrepreneurs in different cities

Photo: Roundtable in TIPCCAS

Photo: Visit to the Shanghai University

A delegation with 18 Austrian experts on advanced materials from excellent Austrian universities and representatives from Austrian companies successfully visited China from 11-16 November 2018. The visit was organized by the Office of Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing (OSAT) in collaboration with Advantage Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). The main purpose of the delegation visit was identifying additional potential cooperation partners and preparing for the upcoming joint calls: the fifth joint call between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and the fourth joint call between FFG and the Shanghai University.

During the visit, Sino-Austrian Roundtables on Advanced Materials, lab visits and individual science to science and business to business meetings were arranged with Chinese researchers from different renowned CAS institutes: the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science (IMRCAS) in Shenyang, the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) in Beijing, the Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology of the Chinese Academy of Science (CNITECH) in Ningbo, the Shanghai University and the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS) as well as numerous Chinese companies.

The visit offered an excellent opportunity for the Austrian participants to exchange information with their potential cooperation partners, to gain deeper insights into their research areas and to get closer contact with each other.

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Austrian Technology Day 2018 finished the first stop in Chengdu

“Tecxport” achieved a futher step


Photo: Mr Martin Allgäuer, Austrian Consul General in Chengdu opened the event

05 November 2018 – The Austrian Technology Day 2018 (Chengdu), which was organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province, co-organized by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Office of Science and Technology (OSTA), Austrian Consulate General Chengdu Commercial Section and Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC), was successfully held at the Centre for China-Europe Cooperation (CCEC) managed by the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC).

The Austrian Technology Day (Chengdu) was opened by Mr Martin Allgäuer, Austrian Consul General in Chengdu; Mr JING Shigang, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province; Mr Alexander Unkart, BMVIT; Ms Segree Dai, President of EUPIC and Ms Birgit Murr, Austrian Consul for Commercial Affairs in Chengdu. Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, moderated the event.

This event gathered over 120 participants from both Austria and China, who discussed the following areas of possible cooperation: “Aeropolis” (Chengdu Tianfu International Airport), Environment & Energy and Urban Development & Disaster prevention. Representatives from 12 Austrian technology-oriented companies and research organisations (ATC, BT Seals Austria, Getzner, GWT, Lumitech, Neubau, M-U-T, Austrian State Printing Office, RISE, Geodata, AIT and FFG), held interesting presentations during the event, presenting various state-of-the-art Austrian technologies, products and services. Participants from the Chinese side came from local government, S&T organizations and over 40 companies. 6 Chinese companies also held presentations at each topic. On the margin of the event, participants of both sides were able to find potential partners at networking tea break and lunch buffet.

The Austrian Technology Day 2018 in Chengdu offered another outstanding opportunity for information exchange and further technology cooperation between Austria and Sichuan.

 

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OSTA visits TIPCCAS in Beijing

Discussion of opportunities for further cooperation

TIPCCAS

Photo: Logo TIPCCAS

In preparation for the Austrian delegation trip in the field of Advanced Materials which will take place in November 2018 in close cooperation with CAS, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPCCAS) on 12. September and had an exchange of views with Deputy Director Mr. WANG Xuesong. Both sides reviewed the successful Chinese-Austrian round table on advanced materials in 2016 and agreed to co-organize a one-day event including lab visit, science-to-science talks and B2B meetings this year.

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First visit to the Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province

Brighter sights for S&T cooperations with Western China

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Photo: Meeting between BMVIT and SCST

02 August 2018 – Mr. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Innovation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Dr. Margit Noll, Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe, and Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, paid a first visit to the Science and Technology Department of the Sichuan Province (SCST) in Chengdu. Both sides held fruitful talks and reached a deeper understanding during their meeting. Mr Schädler held a presentation on Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) in Austria by introducing the state-of-the-art examples on smart city and emphasized the important role of BMVIT and FFG. Mr. Chen Xuehua, Deputy Director General of SCST presented the S&T achievements and developments as well as current international cooperations of the Province Sichuan. Both sides discussed the common interests on potential cooperation fields. Mr. Pfeiler reported on the next Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu scheduled for the autumn and SCST expressed its readiness to support this project.

 

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OSTA visits Hongkong Polytechnic University

Determing the potential topics for the Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong

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Photo: Jack Lui, Franz Rößler, Max Pfeiler and Wynne Wong

12 July 2018 – After the visit of a  Delegation from the Austrian Region of Burgenland led by Governor Hans Niessl in June, Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied by Mr. Franz Roessler, Austrian Trade Commissioner in Hongkong, paid another visit to the Hongkong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Ms Karen Jiang, Assistant Director of Innovation and Technology Development, Innovation and Technology Development Office (ITDO), Ms Sini Liu, Manager of ITDO and Ms Wynne Wong, Senior Manager of International Affairs Office (IAO), greeted the Austrian Delegation at the meeting.

PolyU presented the current cooperation with Burgenland, other European universities and research organisations. OSTA introduced and outlined the intended Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong, which will be hosted by the Austrian Promotion Agency and co-hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and OSTA. PolyU kindly provided suggestions and expressed its interest to the coming event. Furthermore, the student exchange program was also a main topic of the meeting.

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Austrian Technology Day in Beijing

pilot initiative “Tecxport” of BMVIT promotes bilateral cooperation

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Photo: FFG signed MoU with Zhejiang Science and Technology Department (ZSTD)

On the occasion of the state visit of Austrian Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, the Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce co-organized the Austrian Technology Day in Beijing, on 10th April 2018.

Mr Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Ms Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digitalisation and Economy, Mr Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Mr Fan Hengshan, Deputy Secretary General of the National Development and Reform Commission attended the opening ceremony and witnessed the signing of eight cooperation agreements between Austria and China. During the opening session, FFG signed an MoU with the Zhejiang Science and Technology Department (ZSTD). This agreement will be an important cornerstone for the future cooperation in the field of research and development between companies and research institutions in Austria and the province Zhejiang.

The Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the FFG in cooperation with Advantage Austria has launched the pilot initiative “Tecxport” (TEChnology and eXPORT) last year. The initiative aims to facilitate the establishment of business relationships and the transfer of technology. During the Austrian Technology Day, more than 80 well-known Austrian and Chinese companies attended the event and listened to 41 company presentations on latest technologies, products and services. The topics of the presentations covered subjects from mobility technologies, over smart city technologies and green energy to production technologies.

The Austrian Technology Day was an outstanding opportunity for Austrian companies to present their technologies and find potential Chinese partners.

 

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Report of the Austrian Technology Day (German)