Taking part of the Global Innovation Entrepreneurship Fair in Chengdu

Attending multiple fora
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.




OSTA supports the cooperation between ATC and TFNA

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


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.



OSTA meets DRC, CDST and EUPIC in Chengdu

three meetings in Chengdu


Photo: Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology

21 & 23 March 2017 – OSTA’s representatives, Mr. Philipp Agathonos and Mr. Max Pfeiler, visited the Development and Reform Commission (DRC), the Chengdu Science and Technology Bureau (CDST) and the European Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC) in Chengdu and discussed current and potential future cooperation between Austrian and Chengdu-Stakeholders.

OSTA is now in the process of putting together an Austrian delegation to attend the upcoming Launching Ceremony of EUPIC’s Business & Innovation Centre for China-Europe Cooperation(CCEC) in May.



OSTA accompanies EU Delegation to FAST

Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST)

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09 March 2017 – The EU Delegation visited to the Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). Accompanied by OSTA, the delegation of Science Counsellors was warmly welcomed by CAS and the local FAST team. Prof. Xue Suijian, Deputy Director General of the CAS National Astronomical Observatories (NAO), Dr. Peng Bo, Director of FAST Technical Laboratory, Mr. Ning Bolun, Deputy Director from CAS Headquarters, and scientists of FAST and NAO accompanied the European delegation during the entire trip.

From the EU side, Mr. Laurent Bochereau, EU Science Counsellor, presented respectively the Horizon 2020 activities in research infrastructures. On the Chinese side, Xue Suijian introduced the NAO activities, Dr. Peng Bo gave a presentation on the FAST project, while Ning Bolun from CAS Headquarters’ International Cooperation Bureau, presented the CAS collaboration with the EU. In the conclusion session, the Chinese counterparts expressed strong interest in collaborating with the EU on research infrastructures. The trip was concluded with a visit to the Planetarium, a project designed for science popularisation on astronomy.


4th Joint Working Group between BMVIT and MoT takes place

Deepening future cooperations

Photo: Zhao Chongjiu, Gernot Grimm

15 February 2017 – The Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria (BMVIT) and the Ministry of Transport of China (MoT) hold their 4th Joint Working Group in Vienna. During their fruitful and result-orientated discussions the two delegations jointly reviewed projects relating to Road Safety Management and Barriers, Tunnel Operation, Toll System Operation, Crowd Management, Mobility Demand, Aerial Cable Car and Waterway Transportation Security. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, also participated in the Joint Working Group and provided innovative momentum in respect of the discussions.

At the end of the meeting Dr. Gernot Grimm (BMVIT) and Mr. ZHAO Chongjiu (MoT) signed the minutes of the 4th Joint Working Group and confirmed their readiness to swiftly engage in follow-up activities.



Meetings with CCUD, NRA and MOT

Deeping the future Cooperation


Photo: Max Pfeiler, Philipp Agathonos, Wang Jin, Qiu Aijun, Zhang Jinjing, Zhu Peiqi

24 November 2016 – Director of Austrian Embassy Science and Technology Section, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, visited the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), National Railway Administration (NRA) and Ministry of Transport (MoT) to discuss future cooperation  in Beijing.

On the meetings Mr. Agathonos gave an overview about his role as the director of the Science and Technology section and a brief introduction of his diplomatic career before taking over the administration of his current office. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of a close relationship between the Chinese and Austrian authorities for successful cooperation. Due to the rapid development in China, more opportunities are given for all global players acting in China. Especially in S&T sector a high percentage of undiscovered potential could be explored in the next years. Mr. Agathonos made suggestions for further cooperation such as building up cooperation platforms, introducing strategic planning, taking part in Science and Technology activities from each other and promoting Science and Technology education by hosting seminars. All three visiting authorities welcomed the ideas of future plans and are open for further meetings.



OSTA publishes report on S&T in China

Insight into the Chinese S&T landscape


31 October 2016 – The first OSTA publication about the S&T situation in China is now available online! The report deals with the extensive S&T systems in China and the new innovation strategies of this rapidly developing country. It is expected to be a good overview and source of information for those who has interest in cooperating with China.


Talking science

Fruitful exchange on science communication with EURAXESS China

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Photo: Halldor Berg, Peter Schintlmeister, Andrea Strelcova, Julia Wang

15 July 2016 – OSTA met with representatives from EURAXESS China, Andrea Strelcova and Halldor Berg, to exchange experience on citizen science and science communication and to discuss options for future cooperation. EURAXESS China organizes outreach events like researchers’ nights and an annual science slam in China.

A science slam is a scientific talk where researchers compete to present their work in front of a non-expert audience. Such a slam is a way to familiarize a broader public with the engaging and fascinating side of research.