The Second Part of the Austrian Technology Day: Hangzhou

“Tecxport” Initiative in Hangzhou


Photo: Mr Philipp Agathonos, Director of OSTA, opened the event

07 November 2018 – The second part of the Austrian Technology Day took place at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Hangzhou. The event was hosted by the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). Furthermore, the Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province (ZJST), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Office of Science and Technology (OSTA), the Commercial Section of the Austrian Consulate General Shanghai and the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) acted as co-organisers for the Austrian Technology Day.

The Austrian Technology Day was opened by Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing and Director of OSTA, Mr Song Zhiheng, Deputy Director General of the (ZJST), Mr Alexander Unkart, BMVIT, Ms Lisa Kronreif, Austrian Vice Consul for Commercial Affairs in Shanghai and Mr Christian Frey, Head of Tecxport Initiative of FFG.

The event gathered over 160 participants from Austria and China exchanging their experiences and identifying potential cooperations in the fields of Smart Urban Development, Digital Economy and Intelligent Manufacturing, Environment, Energy, Life Science and Other. The Austrian Representatives consisted of 12 Austrian technology-oriented companies and research organisations (ATC, BT Seals Austria, Getzner, GWT, Lumitech, Neubau, M-U-T, Austrian State Printing Office, S::CAN, Geodata, AIT and FFG) and presented various state-of-the-art Austrian technologies, products and services. 6 Chinese companies also held topic-specific presentations. Participants from the Chinese side came from local government, S&T organizations and over 80 enterprises. At the end of the event, participants of both sides were given the opportunity to find potential partners at networking tea break and lunch buffet.

The Austrian Technology Day in Hangzhou is the next step of a successful cooperation with Chinese stakeholders and highlighted the appreciation of both countries for each other.

 

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The first Joint Working Group Meeting between ATC and Jiaxing Nanhu District

Further enhance cooperation in the field of smart city 


Photo: The first Joint Working Group Meeting between ATC and Jiaxing Nanhu District

06 November 2018 – The first Joint Working Group Meeting between the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) and the Nanhu District of Jiaxing City was successfully held in Jiaxing Science City. The Austrian delegation was headed by Mr Alexander Unkart, from the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria (BMVIT). The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr CAO Jiandi, Director of Development and Reform Bureau (DRC) of Nanhu District and Mr ZHOU Chuangen, Deputy Director of DRC Nanhu and included representatives from urban planning organisations.

Both sides held in-depth discussions regarding the cooperation in the field of smart city. Following a general introduction of Nanhu District and Jiaxing Science City, Mr Tino Terraneo, CEO of ATC held an informative presentation on smart city solutions, focusing on urban planning, smart mobility, smart energy, urban farming, green city, urban environment, E-Government, E-Health, safety and security, etc. Ms Sandra Schneider from the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) also introduced a new generation of urban planning tools and methods, such as rapid prototyping of cities, infrastructure and districts. Active and constructive talks were held after the presentations.

 

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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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The Austrian Federal Chancellor visited Hong Kong

Intensifying bilateral relations in many fields

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Photo: Minister Hofer visiting HKSTP

The Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visited Hong Kong from 31. August to 2. September 2018. He was accompanied by Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Heinz Faßmann, Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Margarete Schramböck, Minister of Digitalisation and Economics and the President of the Austrian Economic Chamber, Harald Mahrer. The visit aimed at deepening the bilateral cooperation in particular in the areas of education, scientific research and technological innovation. On August 31, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs Carrie Lam, met with Chancellor Kurz and the three Federal Ministers at the Government House of Hong Kong. Following that meeting the three ministers had a frank exchange of views with the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr. Nicholas YANG. Ms Schramböck and Mr Faßmann also had meetings with their counterparts, Mr Bernard CHAN, Acting Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, Secretary for Education. On September 1, the delegation visited i.a. Cyberport, the Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and the Application Innovation Center of Lenzing in Hong Kong. The office for Science and Technology in Beijing supported the Austrian General Consulate in Hongkong in preparation of the visit.

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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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The 2nd High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Austria as an Innovation Leader in Sustainable Urban Development

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Photo: HE Ambassador Dr. Stift held a presentation on the forum

01 August 2018 – The 2nd High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development, organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), was opened in Chengdu. HE Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift held a presentation on Austrian cases of sustainable urban development with the example of the Smart City of Vienna. Mr. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Innovation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, delivered a speech at the event and introduced the EU – Joint Programming Initiative URBAN EUROPE, underlying that new ways of citizens participation in urban development will be needed in order to tap the full potential of technology driven innovation within cities. Dr. Margit Noll, Chair of the Management Board of JPI Urban Europe, also held a presentation on Sustainable Urban Development. Deputy Director of OSTA, Mr. Max Pfeiler also attended the Forum and assisted the representatives from Austria.

 

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OSTA accompanies Chengdu and CCUD Delegation to Austria

Determining common cooperation fields 

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Photo: Representatives of BMVIT, CCUD, Chengdu DRC and OSTA

04 June 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria (BMVIT) greeted distinguished guests from the Chengdu Development and Reform Commission and the China Center for Urban Development in Vienna. During their fruitful and result-orientated discussions the two delegations jointly talked about projects relating to JPI Urban Europe, Smart City, Positive Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied the delegation and provided valuable background information which facilitated the discussions.

At the end of the meeting both sides confirmed their readiness to swiftly engage in follow-up activities.

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The 1st EU-China Tech Scale-up Summit opens in Chengdu

OSTA participates in this event

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Photo: Company presentation on the summit 

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Photo: Mr Agathonos, President Segree Dai and Ms Lara Zheng on discussion

Following an invitation by the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC), Minister Plenipotentiary Agathonos attended the 1st EU-China Tech Scale-up Summit in Chengdu, which was organized with the support of the management committee of Chengdu High-tech Zone (CDHT) at the Headquarters of EUPIC. Other Co-organizer included Tech Tour, the International Venture Club and the European Network of Research and Innovation Centers and Hubs (ENRICH), China. This event attracted numerous CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors on the Networking Night on May 19. More than 20 companies gave presentations in the fields of Sustainability and Health on the Innovation Project Roadshow on May 19. B2B Matchmaking meetings were subsequently held.

On the margins of the event, Mr Agathonos met with Ms Segree Dai, the President of EUPIC (Chengdu) to discuss the preparation of the upcoming visit by a EUPIC-led delegation to Vienna on 8 June 2018, the possible assistance by EUPIC to boost the smart-city cooperation between Austria and the Tianfu New Area, the Austrian participation at the EU-CN Business and Technology Cooperation Fair to be held in Qingdao and Chengdu in September 2018 and the next edition of the Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu. Mr Agathonos also met Ms CHEN Xiaolin, Director of the publicity department of Youxian District committee, Mianyang and invited companies from Mianyang to participate at the next Austrian Technology Day in Chengdu. The possible site visits in Mianyang in the margins of the Technology Day will be further explored at a later stage.

 

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BMVIT visits Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Information exchange about joint programs in the framework of bilateral cooperation agreement

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Photo: Mr. DONG Keqin, Mr. JIANG Xiaowei, Mr. Alexander Unkart, Mr. Philipp Agathonos

16 Mai 2018 – A delegation of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology represented by Mr. Alexander Unkart who was accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited the Ministry of Science and Technology and met Mr. JIANG Xiaowei, Consultant of the MOST and Mr. DONG Keqin, Director at the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) and other representatives of MOST and CSTEC. Main topic of the fruitful discussions was the implementation of the cooperation agreement between MOST and BMVIT signed on 8 April 2018 and the definition of a roadmap for the first call for joint projects due in the first half of 2019. Both sides were confident, that their cooperation will be successful.

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Infrastructure Minister Norbert Hofer visits Beijing

More matching points in fields of infrastructure, transport, innovation and technology


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Photo: OSTA Director Philipp Agathonos, Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with MoST

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Photo: Minister Norbert Hofer at the bilateral meeting with CR

The Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Mr Norbert Hofer, who the accompanied the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen during his state visit to China held a series of successful bilateral meetings in Beijing. OSTA prepared and assisted Minister Hofer during his stay.

On Monday, 9 April, Minister Hofer met the President of Huawei Europe and other senior representative of the company and discussed the potential arising from the application of new technologies, in particular 5G, in the field of telecommunication as well as the Cyber Security challenges linked to technological advancement.

Minister Hofer subsequently paid a visit to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and had a frank exchange of views with the newly appointed S&T Minister Mr Zhigang WANG on how to fully exploit the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BMVIT and MoST signed in front of the Presidents of the two countries on the previous day as well as cooperation strategies in the fields of smart city, energy buildings, green technology as well as infrastructure against natural disasters. Minister Hofer also signed with Mr WANG an MoU on the mobility of researchers on behalf of the Minister for Education, Science and Research, Mr Heinz Fassmann.

Accompanied by key representatives of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Minister Hofer also paid a visit to the CRRC Corporation Limited and to China Rail (CR).  The focus of the talks lay on railway cooperation in the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative and on rolling stock cooperation on freight corridors between China and Europe. Two MoUs between the ÖBB and the CRRC as well as the ÖBB and the China Railway Group (CRECG) were signed in the presence of Minister Hofer.

Minister Hofer finally visited the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and met his counterpart, minister Xiaopeng Li. Both ministers underlined the importance of transportation and logistics for today’s global economy, and emphasized the need for a coordinated and balanced development in this sector.

On Tuesday, the 10th of April, Minister Hofer opened the Austrian Technology Day, which was organized by OSTA (on behalf of the FFG) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and witnessed the signing of eight agreements between Austrian and Chinese partners.

Minister Hofer concluded his stay in Beijing at the Beijing Air Traffic Control Centre further expanding the transport cooperation from railways to aerospace.

Minister Hofer’s high-level talks in Beijing underlined that Transport, Innovation and Technology are a key element of Austria’s strategy for a closer relationship and deepened cooperation between Austria and China.

*The MoUs, which was signed by Minster Hofer in the Great Hall of the People in presence of the Austrian President Van der Bellen and the Chinese President XI Jinping, included:

(1) A Joint Declaration on the deepening of cooperation in the field of applied research and innovation between BMVIT and MoST;
(2) An Action Plan for the period 2018-2020 between BMVIT and MoT;
(3) A Common Declaration on future cooperation within regard to the silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road initiative between BMVIT and NDRC;
(4) A Memorandum of Understanding between BMVIT and SIPO.

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