Cultural and scientific delegation visited China

Enhancing dialogues and exchanges between Austria and China

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Photo: the reception at the Austrian Embassy

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Photo: Planting Ceremony during visit in Zhige

Austrian Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen with a 250-person-strong delegation has paid a state visit to China from 7 to 12 April 2018. The delegation also included a cultural and scientific delegation with more than 30 high-ranking members from distinguished Austrian universities and organizations. The Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Beijing accompanied the delegation during their visits in Beijing and in Province Sichuan.

In Beijing, the delegation visited sites and monuments, like the Great Wall and the Lama Temple, as well as contemporary art clusters like the 798 Art Zone. They also visited the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, where the delegation got an overview of the long history, the current developments and future planning of the city Beijing.

On the 9th April, OSTA and the Austrian Cultural Forum co-hosted a reception at the Austrian Embassy for the cultural and scientific delegation. More than 50 Chinese officials, professors and representatives from renowned research and cultural organizations and universities also participated in the special event, which provided excellent networking opportunities for the Chinese and the Austrian guests.

A highlight of the visit in Province Sichuan was the visit to the China Zhige Peace Culture International Exchange Center (ZPCC), where the delegation got an understanding of peace culture in the region and discussed about the cooperation opportunity with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR). After this visit, the delegation attended the opening ceremony of the new Austrian consulate general in Chengdu.

In Chengdu, the delegation also accompanied the President Mr Van der Bellen and witnessed the launch of the China-Europe freight train service linking Chengdu with Austria’s capital Vienna.

Through a big variety of cultural and scientific activities in Beijing and Chengdu the delegation gained a better understanding of China’s cultural and scientific developments over the past years. The successful visit of the delegation will further intensify the scientific cooperation and cultural exchanges between Austria and China.

 

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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)

Infrastructure Minister Norbert Hofer visits Beijing

More matching points in fields of infrastructure, transport, innovation and technology


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Photo: OSTA Director Philipp Agathonos, Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with MoST

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Photo: Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with CR

The Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Mr Norbert Hofer, who the accompanied the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen during his state visit to China held a series of successful bilateral meetings in Beijing. OSTA prepared and assisted Minister Hofer during his stay.

On Monday, 9 April, Minister Hofer met the President of Huawei Europe and other senior representative of the company and discussed the potential arising from the application of new technologies, in particular 5G, in the field of telecommunication as well as the Cyber Security challenges linked to technological advancement.

Minister Hofer subsequently paid a visit to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and had a frank exchange of views with the newly appointed S&T Minister Mr Zhigang WANG on how to fully exploit the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BMVIT and MoST signed in front of the Presidents of the two countries on the previous day as well as cooperation strategies in the fields of smart city, energy buildings, green technology as well as infrastructure against natural disasters. Minister Hofer also signed with Mr WANG an MoU on the mobility of researchers on behalf of the Minister for Education, Science and Research, Mr Heinz Fassmann.

Accompanied by key representatives of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Minister Hofer also paid a visit to the CRRC Corporation Limited and to China Rail (CR).  The focus of the talks lay on railway cooperation in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative and on rolling stock cooperation on freight corridors between China and Europe. Two MoUs between the ÖBB and the CRRC as well as the ÖBB and the China Railway Group (CRECG) were signed in the presence of Minister Hofer.

Minister Hofer finally visited the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and met his counterpart, minister Xiaopeng Li. Both ministers underlined the importance of transportation and logistics for today’s global economy, and emphasized the need for a coordinated and balanced development in this sector.

On Tuesday, the 10th of April, Minister Hofer opened the Austrian Technology Day, which was organized by OSTA (on behalf of the FFG) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and witnessed the signing of eight agreements between Austrian and Chinese partners.

Minister Hofer concluded his stay in Beijing at the Beijing Air Traffic Control Centre further expanding the transport cooperation from railways to aerospace.

Minister Hofer’s high-level talks in Beijing underlined that Transport, Innovation and Technology are a key element of Austria’s strategy for a closer relationship and deepened cooperation between Austria and China.

*The MoUs, which was signed by Minster Hofer in the Great Hall of the People in presence of the Austrian President Van der Bellen and the Chinese President XI Jinping, included:

(1) A Joint Declaration on the deepening of cooperation in the field of applied research and innovation between BMVIT and MoST;
(2) An Action Plan for the period 2018-2020 between BMVIT and MoT;
(3) A Common Declaration on future cooperation within regard to the silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road initiative between BMVIT and NDRC;
(4) A Memorandum of Understanding between BMVIT and SIPO.

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BMVIT-Delegation visits Chengdu, Jiaxing, Hangzhou and Beijing

Preparing the state visit to China

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Photo: Ambassador Stift and the delegation at the Jiaxing Administration Center

From 5 to 17 March 2018, a delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) visited Hongkong, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Jiaxing and Beijing. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Director of the Office for Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) accompanied the delegation in mainland China.

On 9 March, the delegation visited the Development and Reform Commission (DRC) of Chengdu, the S&T Department of the Chengdu High-Tech Zone (CDHT), the Chengdu International Railway Service Co., LTD (CDiRS) and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs (FAO). Both sides held fruitful talks about further cooperation between Austria and Chengdu in the fields of smart city, logistics, transportation and green technologies. The first direct freight train between Chengdu and Vienna will be opened to traffic during the state visit.

Ambassador Friedrich Stift and the commercial counsellor at the Austrian Consulate General in Shanghai Ms Christina Schösser attended the bilateral meetings on 12 in the city of Jiaxing. Ambassador Stift discussed with representatives of the Jiaxing Municipal Government, the local DRC, FAO and S&T departments, the potentials of collaboration and emphasized the strength of Austrian technologies in areas such as woodworking, chemical industry, advanced manufacturing and environmental technologies. More exchanges in business, talents, culture and technology, as well as education and tourism are to be expected. Jiaxing is actively looking for a twinning partner in Austria.

The delegation subsequently visited the Zhejiang Institute of Advanced Technology (ZIAT), China Academy of Science and the 36th Institute of the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC). Collaboration with these Institutes focuses on smart city, Nano technology, ICT and new materials.

On 13 of March, the delegation visited the Science and Technology Department of the Zhejiang Province (ZSTD) and the Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission in Hangzhou. BMVIT and ZSTD will promote a close applied research cooperation in fields such as information and communication technologies, smart city and environmental protection. An Memorandum of Understanding between the Austrian Promotion Agency (FFG) and ZSTD will be signed during the upcoming state visit.

In Beijing, the delegation visited the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), in order to prepare for the upcoming state visit of the Austrian President in April. The delegation also attended the 6th Joint Working Group meeting between BMVIT and NDRC, which was held in Beijing on the 16th of March 2018.

 

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Prospects of academic cooperation between Austria and China

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.

 

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EU-China Research and Innovation Tour comes successfully in Suzhou to an end

Further opportunities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

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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.

 

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2017 China-Europe Research and Innovation Tour in Hangzhou

Presenting possibilities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

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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.

 

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Launch of the 2017 EU-China Research and Innovation Tour

Start of the Tour at the Italian Embassy in Beijing  

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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.

 

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Quantum-safe Intercontinental Video Conference Between China and Austria

The first real-world demonstration of intercontinental quantum communication

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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.

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Austrian nanotechnology delegation visits China in 2017

Austrian scientists and entrepreneurs in the field nanotechnology visit China

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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 for Transport, Innovation 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.

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