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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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)

Vienna Cyber Security Week 2018 was successfully held

“Cyber Security” as a non-negligible keyword for technologic development


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Photo: Philipp Agathonos hosted the day 5 conference on Securing Smart Cities and Emerging Technologies (or gave a keynote speech?) 

The second edition of Vienna Cyber Security Week was successfully held from 29 January to 02 February 2018 in Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. The conference was organized by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), all other relevant ministries including the Federal Chancellery, in collaboration with Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), the Cybersecurity Platform and the Energypact Foundation.

National and international stakeholders attended the event aiming at further dialogue and cooperation in the field of cyber security for critical infrastructure with a focus on the energy sector. Ambassador Mikhail Konarovskiy, adviser to the Secretariat and Mr. Adilet Orozbekov, the Secretariat’s expert from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) were present. Representatives from BMEIA, Federal Ministry for Digital, Business and Enterprise (BMDW), Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), AIT, Energy Foundation, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) etc. (noch mehr ergänzen?) gave impressive keynote speeches on different sessions of the event. A Chinese delegation from China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) presented its achievements to the delegates on Day 3 (Technology exhibition with a booth provided by AIT) and took part in the Day 5 conference on Securing Smart Cities and Emerging Technologies.

The five-day event offered a unique forum for both governmental and non-governmental partners to delve into substantive debates over the protection of critical energy infrastructure, combating cybercrime, cyber diplomacy and the future of technologic development in the energy sector.

 

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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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OSTA participates to High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Talking about the future Sustainable Urban Development

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21 July 2017 – During a full day seminar and panel discussion at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Chengdu, academic and political experts on urban development took a deep look into the topics of Urban Drivers and Financial Innovation, Urban Infrastructure Connectivity and Spartial Development, Urban Resilience, Prosperity and Livability, Urban Innovation and Sharing Economy, Urban Culture and Featured Development, Urban and Smart Cities, and other key issues. The Forum was hosted by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government and China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) under the framework of the cooperation agreement signed by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) and CCUD in 2016.

The forum guests were warmly welcomed by Mr. Li Tie, director general of CCUD, Mr. Yang Hongbo, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province, and Mr. Luo Qiang, Mayor of City Chengdu. Mr. Joan Clos, Under Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), was holding an impressive Keynote Speech about the world-wide urban development status quo. From the EU side, representatives of Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland and EU Delegation took part of the High Level Forum.

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Taking part of the Global Innovation Entrepreneurship Fair in Chengdu

Attending multiple fora
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Photo: Philipp Agathonos, Dietmar Schweisgut, Gernot Grimm, Birgit Murr, Segree Dai, Marcus Ullmann

10 May 2017- From 10. to 12. May 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, attended the Global Innovation Entrepreneurship Fair in Chengdu.

On 10. May the delegation attended the GIEF opening ceremony and subsequently visited the new Business and Innovation Center, where they took part at the opening ceremony organised by EUPIC in the presence of the party Chairman in Chengdu Mr. Fan and EU Ambassador Mr. Schweisgut. In the afternoon the delegation attended the International Seminar on Intellectual Property and Urban Development, organised by the S&T Department Chengdu. In parallel, Mr. Agathonos paid a visit to the South West Transportation University, one of the top level Universities in China.

On 11. May the Delegation attended the World Future Technology Forum of S&T Department Chengdu and had a meeting with representatives of DRC and S&T Department Chengdu.

On the last day of this Chengdu trip the delegation attended the Belt and Road Summit, on which Dr. Grimm gave a startling speech on the summit. On the same day Mr. Agathonos attended the startup Event “Slush” as a guest of Mayor’s Assistant of Chengdu, Mr. HAN, and participated at the inaugural panel discussion on start-up promotion.

This visit laid the foundations of a deeper cooperation between Austria and Chengdu in the fields of Science and Technology.

 

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OSTA supports the cooperation between ATC and TFNA

The Project Cooperation between ATC and Tianfu New Area Design Institute reaches concrete level

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22 March 2016 – An Austrian delegation composed by Mr. Tino Terraneo (ATC), Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Mr. Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), Mr. Hans-Martin Neumann (AIT) and Mr. Oliver Gumpert (Doppelmayr) visited the Tianfu New Area Design Institute. The aim of the visit this time was to concrete the cooperation framework between the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) and the Tianfu New Area Design Institute (TFNA). Furthermore, some new projects ideas were also actively discussed.

 

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