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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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

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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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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)

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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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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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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