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

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.


First contact with Binhai New Area

Extenting Sino-Austrian collaboration in Tianjin


Photo: Liu Yue, Xia Qinglin, Gernot Grimm

16 May 2017 – 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, visited the Binhai New Area in Tianjin in the company of representatives from the China center for urban development (CCUD). The delegation was warmly welcomed by Xia Qinglin, deputy director of the people’s government of Tianjin Binhai New Area and Tang Zhongfu, deputy director of development and reform commission of Tianjin Binhai New Area. After an informative introduction and intensive discussion with the local governmental authorities, the delegation also had a tour through the China-Europe Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Park in Tianjin Harbor Economic Area.

Tianjin Binhai New Area is a national comprehensive reform pilot area. Based on the integration of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, it is regarded as the opening-up gateway of northern China as well as the high level modern manufacturing and R&D transformation base.


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 visits EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development

Discussing Sustainable Urban Development in Putian 


20 March 2017 – Within the 2017 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development in Putian, city of Fujian Province in Southeast China, Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, hold a speech about the Austrian concept of Sustainable Urban Development which includes Urban Sustainable Planning , Green Building , Smart Mobility , Economy & Ecology and Smart Living.

The summit was hosted by China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) and EU Delegation. Renowned speakers such as Fan Hengshan, Deputy Secretary General of National Development and Reform Commission, Zhang Zhinan, Executive Vice Governor of Fujian Province, Chen Hongwan, Deputy Director General of CCUD, Lin Baojin, Secretary of the CPC Putian Municipal Committee, Fujian Province, Laurent Bochereau, Minister Counselor of EU Delegation to China for Scientific Research and Innovation, and Nicholas, Chief Coordination Officer of EUROCITIES, gave their lectures on the Forum as well.



International Urban Cooperation Launch Event

Introducing strategies for City to City Cooperations
Photo: EU Ambassador Mr. Schweisgut

15 March 2017 – Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, participated in the EU-China International Urban Cooperation Launch Event. The IUC programme boosts international urban cooperation with EU partners in Asia. With a budget of over EU 20 million, the IUC effectively supports Habitat III goals as well as the Paris Agreement and the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.



FFG signs agreement with GDST

Successful start of a new Sino-Austrian research cooperation


Photo: Huang Ningsheng and Emmanuel Glenck

9 December 2016 – The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST) signed their first bilateral agreement in Dongguan today. The two partners agreed to conduct three joint calls for bilateral research projects on the topic of “Smart Cities” in the coming years. FFG is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria. GDST is in charge of bilateral and multilateral S&T cooperation with governments and international organizations. Dr. Emmanuel Glenck, Robert Schwertner (both FFG), Alexander Unkart (BMVIT) and Max Pfeiler (OSTA) came together with director of GDST, Dr. Huang Ningsheng, and further representatives of GDST for the signing ceremony.

Details of the first joint call will be published in 2017.


BMVIT delegation visits Smart City experts in Hong Kong and Guangzhou

Exchanging concepts for smart city development


Photo: Robert Schwertner, Philipp Agathonos, Alexander Unkart, Yang Jun, Zeng Lu, Max Pfeiler, Chen Yongfen at GDST

9 December 2016 – From 5 to 9 December, a delegation led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) met “Smart City”-stakeholders from Chinese universities, research institutes and government agencies. Alexander Unkart (BMVIT), Dr. Emmanuel Glenck and Robert Schwertner (both FFG), as well as representatives from the Austrian Consulate General in Guangzhou and Hong Kong and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), had lively discussions and on-site visits at the Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Guangzhou Smart City Research Institute, Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research Group, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC) and the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation (GIUI).

The delegation visit culminated in the signing of an agreement between FFG and Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST).


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 presents at China Smart City (International) Innovation Conference

Discussing international smart city development in Shenyang


Photo: Opening ceremony of China Smart City (International) Innovation Conference

12 November 2016 – Within the 3rd China Smart City (International) Innovation Conference in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province in Northeast China, Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA, concluded the summit on international smart city development with a comprehensive overview on the concept of smart city and the great international cooperation potential in this field.

The summit was hosted by China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) and Smart City Development Alliance. Qiu Aijun, deputy director general of CCUD and experts from England, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India as well as international organizations attended the meeting and had a fruitful discussion. Afterwards, Philipp Agathonos gave an interview for Xinhuanet in which the Austrian konw-how and interest in a deepened collaboration was emphasized.