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 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.

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OSTA meets ICCAS

Deepening Sino-Austrian scientific collaboration

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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.

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OSTA visits SINANO

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.

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OSTA visits MEPFECO

Solving China’s environmental problems with Austrian technologies

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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.

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BMVIT establishes contact with Ministry of Water Resouces

Laying cornerstone for new cooperative projects

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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.

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First contact with Binhai New Area

Extenting Sino-Austrian collaboration in Tianjin

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Photo: Liu Yue, Xia Qinglin, Gernot Grimm

16 May 2017 – An Austrian delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, head of staff group for technology transfer and security research, Austrian federal ministry for science, technology and transport (BMVIT) and Philipp Agathonos, minister plenipotentiary for science and technology and director of OSTA, visited the Binhai New Area in Tianjin in the company of representatives from the China center for urban development (CCUD). The delegation was warmly welcomed by Xia Qinglin, deputy director of the people’s government of Tianjin Binhai New Area and Tang Zhongfu, deputy director of development and reform commission of Tianjin Binhai New Area. After an informative introduction and intensive discussion with the local governmental authorities, the delegation also had a tour through the China-Europe Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Park in Tianjin Harbor Economic Area.

Tianjin Binhai New Area is a national comprehensive reform pilot area. Based on the integration of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, it is regarded as the opening-up gateway of northern China as well as the high level modern manufacturing and R&D transformation base.

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Austria starts first call with Guangdong Province

Deepening research collaboration with China

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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.

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