The sixth Joint Working Group Meeting for Green Development and Innovation between the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of China

Further enhance cooperation in the field of Green Development and Innovation


Photo: The 6th Joint Working Group Meeting on Green Development and Innovation between BMDW and MOFCOM


Photo: Mr. Stefan Riegler held a presentation on research and innovation in Austria

09 September 2019 – The Joint Working Group for Green Development and Innovation between the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) and the Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of China (MOFCOM) had its 6th meeting in the margins of the Joint Economic Commission in Beijing. The Austrian delegation was headed by Mr. Stefan Riegler, deputy director general for Innovation at BMDW, accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Ministry Plenipotentiary and Director of the Section for Science and Technology of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing). The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr. ZHU Bing, Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Investment Administration of MOFCOM.

The Joint Working Group for Green Development and Innovation, originally named as the Working Group on Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection, was set in 2011 in Vienna. The renaming of the Joint Working Group was agreed by both sides during the meeting. Following a general introduction on the current state of the bilateral cooperation in this field by the Deputy Derector Mr. ZHOU Bing, Mr. Riegler held a presentation on research and innovation in Austria. The two delegations heard presentations by the Sutong Ecopark, the National Economical Technological Development Zones in Beijing, the Green Development League of NETDZs, the Austrian Business Service AWS on the Global Incubator Network (GIN), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and a representative of the general directorate of Digitalization of BMDW. Mr Zhou and Mr Riegler presented the conclusions of the Working Group at the 27th session of Joint Economic Commission which was held on the following day in Beijing.

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MOFCOM
FFG
GIN
Sutong Park
NETDZs
National Economical Technological Development Zone

 

OSTA represents Austria at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour in Hohhot

Around 200 participants in Hohhot at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour

 
Photo: Mr Pfeiler held a presentation in Hohhot

30 August 2019 – The autumn event of the China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour has been attended by around 200 researchers, R&I mangers, students and R&I stakeholders in Hohhot. This great interest shows the high relevance of international collaboration between Europe and China.

This autumn event was supported by the Department of International Cooperation,  Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST), and jointly hosted by China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) and the EU Delegation to China, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

After the welcome by honoraries and by the organisers, CSTEC presented the policies and application rules for joint calls within the co-funding mechanism, which has been established for the support of Chinese R&D to enable their funding for Horizon 2020 Projects.

Presentations of national and EU R&I policies and programs towards China by representatives from Austria (OSTA Beijing), Germany and EU Delegation, described options for Chinese R&D actors to study in Europe or collaborate in R&I. European member states offer a wide variety of options and the European Framework Program for R&I, Horizon Europe, complements national R&I policies and, with it’s Flagship Calls in priority Areas, pursue a strategic European R&I approach to China.

The event is part of the annual China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour, which was held in several Chinese regions. It offers opportunities to Chinese researchers collaborating with European stakeholders and it also acts as promotion of Europe as a key global destination for research, innovation and knowledge-creation.

 

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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.

 

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OSTA presents Austria at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders 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 Stakeholders 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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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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.

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