OSTA attended 2019 Nanjing Tech Week

Exchange ideas with world-renowned scientists

Photo: Presentation by Mr Agathonos

30 June 2019 –The 2019 Nanjing Tech Week “Infinite Nanjing Infinite Future” was held from June 26th to 30th 2019. The event was hosted by the Nanjing Municipal Government with the main aim to promote innovation, cooperation and technological development of the city. Nearly 2,300 guests, including 800 international participants from 45 countries and regions, attended the event.
At the invitation of Nanjing Municipal Government, Mr Philipp Agathonos, director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) was present at the opening ceremony. Mr Agathonos also attended the 2019 International Conference on Innovation and Application of Block Chain Technology, a side event organised by the Gulou District government, with a presentation focused on the Austrian Technology on Block chain and Cyber Security. At the margins of the conference Mr Agathonos met with Mr Yang Xuepeng, Executive Vice Mayor of Nanjing, Mr Jiang Yuejing, Vice Mayor of Nanjing, Mr Wu Wei, Chief Executive of Gulou District as well as Mr Lei Fengyun from the department of international cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and attended a meeting with the Secretary of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee, Mr Lou Qinjian.
In the course of the conference Mr Agathonos held constructive meetings and exchanged ideas, among others, with the well-known Nobel Prize winner Mr Chao Chung Ting, Prof. Freddy Boey, Deputy president of National University of Singapore and Prof. Chunming Rong from the University of Stavanger.

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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 Stakeholder 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 Stakolders 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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Physics PhD students visit to Shanghai and Hangzhou

Science exchanges between universities 


Photo: Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer and Mr. Philipp Agathonos

6 May 2019 – 7 May 2019, OSTA assisted and welcomed a mixed group of physics PhD students from different European Universities throughout their visit to Shanghai and Hangzhou. The majority of the attending students were from the Vienna University of Technology, they were accompanied by the renowned quantum physicist Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer.

On the 6th of May, OSTA hosted an evening reception at the Marriott Hotel in Shanghai. The welcoming speeches and buffet were well-received by the participants.

The next day commenced with a visit to the Hangzhou Dianzi University, were the students received a warm welcome speech by the faculty and a small campus tour. The group continued on to the Xixi Campus of Alibaba, which included a presentation, as well as Q&A, by one of the quantum lab members and a tour through the company campus.

The trip was concluded with a walk and dinner at the iconic West Lake in Hangzhou.

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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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The 2019 China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour has been launched

Presenting the Austrian STI collaborations with China

Photo: Group Photo of EU Delegation, EU MS, MOST, CSTEC and Shandong Provincial Government

12 March 2019 – The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 has been launched in Jinan, Shandong Province. The launching event was opened by Mr ZHANG Zhuxiu, Director General of Shandong Provincial Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, and Mr Nicolas Chapius, the EU Ambassador to China. Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, Germany, Latvia, Italy 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. Chinese representatives of the Ministry of Science and Technology and its affiliated China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) also gave an overview of China-EU cooperation policies and further opportunities.

On the following day, the event continued successfully to Qingdao where the local S&T authorities and the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (Chiniese Academy of Sciences) cordially granted relief to all tour activities.

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OSTA visits institutes in Jiaxing

Expanding the cooperation


Photo: Group Photo at the Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang

January 25, 2019 – As suggested by the Mayor, Mr Mao, Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology, Director of OSTA, visited the Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang and the CETC Information Industrial Park – the 36th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation of Jiaxing to explore ways for a deeper bilateral collaboration with Austria.

Yangtze Delta Region Research Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang, is co-founded by Zhejiang Provincial Government and Tsinghua University with the aims of mutual complementarity and common development.

The 36th Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation belongs to the national first-class research institutes on special communication technologies, research and production. It is a supporting unit of the International Key Laboratory of communication information control and security technology. It is also the only professional institute for communication countermeasures in China.

 

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OSTA revisits Hangzhou and Jiaxing

Concreting the cooperation in the Yangtze Delta Region


Photo: Mr Agathonos and Mayor Mao

January 24, 2019 – Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology, Director of OSTA, visited the Science and Technology Department of Province Zhejiang in Hangzhou for a follow-up discussion on the Austrian Technology Day, which took place on November 7, 2018 in Hangzhou.

Mr Agathonos subsequently visited the Institute of New Industries of Shanghai University in Jiaxing. The visit was a follow-up to the BMVIT-led Austrian delegation on New Materials, which visited several cities in China, including the Shanghai University, in November 2018. BMVIT and the Shanghai University have agreed to organize a two-day workshop in Shanghai and Jiaxing in early September to review the achievements of their five-year long cooperation. The Institute expressed the willingness to be part of the running projects and expand the Sino-Austria cooperation in the field of industrialization in the future.

In the afternoon, Mr Agathonos met the Mayor of Jiaxing, Mr MAO Hongfang, who expressed his satisfaction for the intense exchanges between the City of Jiaxing and Austria in the field of smart city, based on the MoU signed between the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) and the Nanhu District of Jiaxing during the State of Visit of the Austrian Federal President in April 2018, and his support for the upcoming Austrian Technology in May, which should focus on green buildings, new energy systems and mobility. Mayor MAO also express his wish for a closer cooperation between the Yangtze Delta Institute of the Tsinghua University based in Jiaxing and Austria in the field of technology exchange.

 

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OSTA visited USTC in Shanghai

Strength the Chinese and Austrian cooperation on ICT

Photo: Prof. PAN Jianwei and Mr. Philipp Agathonos

17 January 2019 – Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) visited the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Studies of University of Science & Technology of China (USTC). Mr. Agathonos was warmly welcomed by Prof. PAN Jianwei, the vice president of the USTC. Mr. Agathonos complimented Prof. PAN as the most famous and influential Chinese Alumnus from Austria and the top scientist in China.

During the meeting, Mr. Agathonos introduced the upcoming Cyber Security Week in the March and sincerely invited Prof. PAN to attend the event in Vienna. Mr. Agathonos also extended the wish to co-organize scientific workshop between Prof. PAN’s research group and the Austrian ICT delegation in November, which will take place within the scope of the CAS-FFG joint call.

Prof. PAN expressed his thanks and looked forward to the visiting of the Austrian delegation on ICT, which will be an excellent opportunity to enhance the Chinese and Austrian cooperation. Furthermore, Prof. PAN mentioned that he plans to invite dozens of the Austrian top PhD-students to visit Shanghai in the spring this year. OSTA kindly offered to support the relevant preparations.

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