Enhancing dialogues and exchanges between Austria and China
Photo: the reception at the Austrian Embassy
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.
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.
Further opportunities for science and technology cooperation with Austria
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.
Start of the Tour at the Italian Embassy in Beijing
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.
Talking about the future Sustainable Urban Development
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST)
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.
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.