OSTA attends the third International High-level Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Austria as a worldwide role model in sustainable urban development

Photo: The opening ceremony

16 July 2019 – The 3rd High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development, organized by the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, was opened in Chengdu. Deputy Director of OSTA, Mr. Max Pfeiler attended the Forum and represented Austria as a strong innovation player in the field of sustainable urban development.



The Zhejiang Baibu Economic Development Area visits OSTA

Follow-up of the Austrian Technology Day in Jiaxing 

24 June 2019 – Mr Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, welcomed Mr ZHANG Haojun, Deputy Secretary of Zhejiang Baibu Economic Development Area (Baibu Town) at the Austrian Embassy Beijing. Mr Zhang introduced the Baibu Area and underlined the key development fields focusing on smart city, textile industry, equipment manufacturing, trademark printing, as well as new energy and new materials. Mr Zhang especially mentioned the Austrian enterprise VST, which is well known for composite formwork technologies and cooperates closely with the local partners, and expressed the willingness to expand further cooperation with Austria. For more exchange in possible cooperation fields, Mr Pfeiler invited the Baibu Area to take part in the event of the Austrian Delegation on ICT, which will pay a visit to Jiaxing during their tour in China in November this year. Representatives from Zhejiang Weltpure Environment Co. Ltd., who participated in the Austrian Technology Day in Jiaxing in May, also attended the meeting and exchanged views on matchmaking.

The Baibu Town is the west gate of Haiyan County, 137 kilometers away from Shanghai in the east and 80 kilometers away from Hangzhou in the south. It is located at the junction of Nanhu District, Xiuzhou District and Haining City in Jiaxing. The Baibu Economic Development Area has developed rapidly and has become the economic sub-center and an important industrial growth pole in Haiyan County.



Austrian Technology Day successfully held in Jiaxing

promotes bilateral cooperation between Austria and Jiaxing

Photo: FFG presentation by Mr Christian Frey

22 May 2019 – The Austrian Technology Day 2019 (Jiaxing), which was organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), the Austrian Embassy in Beijing and the Jiaxing Municipal Government, co-organized by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Office of Science and Technology (OSTA), Austrian Consulate General Shanghai Commercial Section and Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC), was successfully held in Jiaxing.

The Austrian Technology Day (Jiaxing) was opened by Ms SHEN Xiaohong, Vice Mayor of Jiaxing; Mr Gernot Grimm, Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, BMVIT and Ms Christina Schösser, Consul (Commercial affairs), Austrian Consulate General Commercial Section Shanghai. Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing and Director of OSTA, moderated the event. During the opening session, ATC signed a cooperation agreement with the Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University. Neubau, No. 36 Research Institute of the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) and the Zhejiang Hongzheng Architectural Design Company Limited also signed a strategic cooperation agremment in the field of passive house. These will be an important cornerstone for the future cooperation between companies and research institutions in Austria and in Jiaxing.

This event gathered over 120 participants from both Austria and China, who discussed the following areas of possible cooperation: Passive Houses and Energy, Quarters & Sound Insulation, Water Quality Measurement, Treatment & Waste Management and Equipment as well as Smart Traffic Management & VR tools for the Automobile Industry.

The Austrian representatives consisted of 10 Austrian technology-oriented companies and research organisations (ATC, AIT, Getzner, M-U-T, Austrian State Printing Office, S::CAN, Andritz, RISE GmbH, Swarco AG and Viewpoint System) and presented 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. 9 Chinese companies also held presentations at each topic. 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 2019 in Jiaxing offered an outstanding opportunity for information exchange and further technology cooperation between Austria and Jiaxing.


OSTA in High level dialogue “Industrial Innovation and Urban Development”

OSTA Director Philipp Agathonos speaks at the CCUD EU-China Forum for Urban Development in Tianjin

Photo: Mr. AGATHONOS together with the other participants of the high-level dialogue

17 May 2019 – OSTA Director Mr. Philipp Agathonos spoke at the EU-China Forum for Urban Development in Tianjin hosted by CCUD in cooperation with the Municipals People’s Government of Binhai new Area Tianjin, the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and EUROCITIES. The event gathered renowned experts and high level representatives, among numerous others from NDRC (Deputy Secretary General ZHOU Xiaofei), EU (Chairman Derek VAUGHAN and Minister Councellor Philippe VIALATTE) and CCUD (Director General SHI Yulong).

Highlights of the event were the release of the Accomplishment Report of Horizon 2020 Urban-EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation, keynote speeches by renowned experts from research and from industry followed by the high level dialogue “Industrial Innovation and Urban Development”. As one of the members of this high level forum Mr. Philipp AGATHONOS referred to the human dimension of urban development and of smart cities as well to costs and efficiency issues. He pointed towards the role technologies from Austria could play, such as smart and innovative transport solutions by the ropeways from the world-market leader, the Doppelmayr / Garaventa group.

In the afternoon of the EU-China Forum for Urban Development two parallel sessions were held:

  • Parallel event 1: EU-China Seminar on Sustainable Development, with the topics “Construction of Resilient Cities” and “The Future of EU-China Smart Cites” (organized and chaired my Mrs. Margit Noll, Chair of the management Board of the JPI Urban Europe, from FFG, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency)
  • Parallel event 2, with the topics “EU-China-Industry Partnership Seminar” and “Urban Development Powered by the Intelligent Economy”)


OSTA presents Austria at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour in Nanjing and in Nanning

Around 400 participants in Nanjing and in Nanning at the China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour 

Photo: Attentive audience in Nanning

13 – 14 May 2019 – The Nanjing/Naning Cluster of the China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour has been attended by around 150 (Nanjing, May 13) and around 250 (Nanning, May 14) researchers, R&I mangers, students and R&I stakeholders. This great interest shows the high relevance of international collaboration with Europe in China.

The Nanjing/Naning Cluster was organised by China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) in collaboration with leading local partners from the Province Jiangsu and the Guangxi autonomous region, supported by OSTA and the EU.

After the welcome by honoraries and by the organisers, CSTEC presented the policies and application rules for joint calls within the co-fund mechanism, which has been established for the Support of Chinese R&D to enable their funding for Horizon 2020 Projects. This funding scheme is required, as while almost all parts of Horizon Europe are open to participants from China, Chinese researchers are normally not eligible for funding.

Presentations of national and EU R&I policies and programs towards China by representatives from  Austria (OSTA Beijing), France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and the European Union, described options for Chinese R&D actors to study in Europe or to collaborate in R&I. European States offer a wide variety of options and the European Framework Programme for R&I, Horizon Europe, complements national R&I policies and, with it’s Flagship Calls in priority Areas, pursues a targeted European R&I Approach towards China.

The Nanjing/Naning Cluster is part of the annual China-EU R&I Stakeholders Tour, which was held in several Chinese regions. It seeks to highlight opportunities proposed to Chinese researchers and innovators by EU member states and the European Union to China to collaborate with European researchers and innovators, while promoting Europe as a key global destination for research, innovation and knowledge-creation.




OSTA accompanies the Vice Mayor of Vienna

Inspiration between Vienna and Beijing

Photo: Vice Mayor of Vienna, Ms Vassilakou and Vice Mayor of Beijing, Mr Sui

06 May 2019 – On request by HE, Ambassador Friedrich Stift, OSTA has accompanied a delegation of the City of Vienna led by Vice Mayor Ms Maria Vassilakou during their stay in Beijing. On the first day of the visit Ms Vassilakou and Ambassadot Stift met with the Vice Mayor of Beijing, Mr Sui Zhenjiang, who attached great importance to the regular exchanges between the two capital cities.

The delegation then met with the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Planning and Natural Resources and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. The two sides exchanged information and views on current development and future plans in the fields of smart city quarters, urban planning and traffic management. They agreed to deepen their collaboration during the upcoming seminar with experts from Beijing during their visit to Vienna in the second half of June.

The delegation paid visits to several sites, including a smart urban quarter, the Jiu Long Community, Shuang Jing subdistrict (13 Community) of Chaoyang District, the Qingtang Wan subsidized housing community in Haidian District, the Beijing Municipal Transportation Operations Coordination Center (TOCC) and the new Shougang High-end Industry Comprehensive Service Parc, previously the main steel production facility in China, which is now serving as the centre for the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics. Ms Vassilakou also visited the Huawei Executive Briefing Center.



OSTA participated at the largest roadshow event in Jiaxing

Strengthened cooperation with Jiaxing

Photo: roadshow at the main venue

27 April 2019 – the first Yangtze River Delta Global Science and Technology Innovation Project Roadshow and the first “2019 Jiaxing, China Aerospace Conference” was opened in Jiaxing. At the invitation of the Jiaxing Municipal Peoples Government, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) led the a small Austrian delegation composed of Mr Bernhard Müller, former mayor of Wiener Neustadt and secretary general of Urban Forum and Mr Philippe Reinisch, CEO of SilkRoad 4.0 and attended the opening ceremony.

As the most large-scale roadshow event in Jiaxing history, more than 1000 projects were presented, including 108 projects in the field of  aerospace, 480 projects in digital economy, 310 projects in advanced manufacture and 210 projects in advanced materials. The event gathered nearly 500 representatives from investment and financing institutions, high-tech start-ups, universities as well as research institutions. Officials from the Hungary Consulate, the Russian consulate in Shanghai, the Indian consulate in Shanghai, Consulate general of Israel in Shanghai and Consulate general of Switzerland in Shanghai were also present.

Mr. Ernst Woller visited CCUD

Sharing successful experience on social housing in Vienna

Photo: Mr. Woller giving the presentation

16 April 2019 – On the invitation by China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD) of the NDRC, Mr. Ernst Woller, the first President of the Parliament of the Province of Vienna, accompanied by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA visited CCUD. Mr. Woller held a very informative presentation about the social housing system in Vienna. Ms. Qiu Aijun, the deputy director general and more than 20 researchers of CCUD participated at the workshop. Ms. Qiu thanked Mr. Woller for his presentation and said, that the long history of social housing and valuable experience of the City of Vienna is an excellent example, which can serve an a reference for the Chinese cities in exploring and developing new method to improve the living conditions for their citizens.

After the workshop Mr. Agathonos and Ms. Qiu held an informal exchange of views on the current cooperation projects between Austria and China in the field of urban development. Ms. Qiu also invited Mr. Agathonos and the Ambassador Stift to the upcoming fifth EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovative Industry Development in Tianjin.


OSTA participated seminar in Huzhou

Focus on digitalization and urban development

Photo: Group photo, Source: CAUPD

11 April 2019 – the Huzhou seminar on the cultural innovation of Chinese – European urban development with the theme of „China-Europe Dialogue in the Digital Era“ was held in Huzhou.

The conference was hosted by Huzhou Municipal People’s Government, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) and Central Academy of Fine Arts. It was co-organized by the German Hamburg Municipal Government and Tongji University. The conference was also supported by the China-Europe Sustainable Urbanization Cooperation Project Committee and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) participated at the seminar and exchanges views with representatives from the Chinese local government and universities. He presented the work of Austria on Urban Sustainable Development.

During the seminar the speakers and participants discussed deeply about opportunities and challenges of urban development in the digital age, China and Europe cooperation on digitalization of urbanization and smart city.


1. Joint Call: Zhejiang – Austria Research Initiative

Launch of the Collaboration 

The 1st Joint Call of the Zhejiang Province – Austria Research Initiative, which is jointly funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and by the Zhejiang Science and Technology Department of the Provincial Government (ZSTD), was launched on February 25. The call for Cooperative R&D projects aims at supporting jointly identified research topics with mutual interests and scientific excellence based on the cooperation agreement between the ZSTD and FFG signed on April 10, 2018.

This call will facilitate research collaboration between companies and scientific institutions based in Zhejiang and Austria with a focus on tangible and substantial impacts on key areas in the field of Smart Cities Applicants need to refer to at least one of the following topics: 1. ICT for smart cities 2. Green and sustaniable buildings 3. Smart energy systems 4. Smart moblity.

The application deadline is June 14 at 12:00 C.E.T..