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..




OSTA accompanies the SWARCO-Delegation to Shanghai and Hangzhou

Promoting smart mobility technologies and products 

Photo: Group photo

On the 25th of February, a delegation of SWARCO, a world-leading Austrian mobility company, accompanied by Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary, Director of OSTA, met the Austrian Consul-General in Shanghai, Mrs Brigitte Robinson-Seylehner, and the head of Advantage Austria Shanghai & Consul (Commercial Affairs), Ms Christina Schösser.

On the 27th, Mr Agathonos hosted an informal dinner for the SWARCO-Delegation with representatives of the Zhejiang Science and Technology Department (ZSTD), the Zhejiang Science and Technology Exchange Center (ZSTEC) and the leading Zhejiang-companies CETC and SUPCON, as well as branch institutes of the Tsinghua University and the Shanghai University. Both sides had in depth discussions on potential cooperation and business deals in the field of smart mobility in frame of innovation solutions.

The traffic technology group SWARCO is engaged in products, systems, services and turnkey solutions for road marking, signage, urban traffic management, parking, highway and tunnel management, public transport, and street lighting. The family-owned company is based in Innsbruck and has an innovation lab in the USA.



OSTA revisits Hangzhou and Jiaxing

Concreting the cooperation in the Yangtze Delta Region

Photo: Mr Agathonos and Mayor Mao

January 24, 2019 – Mr Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology, Director of OSTA, visited the Science and Technology Department of Province Zhejiang in Hangzhou for a follow-up discussion on the Austrian Technology Day, which took place on November 7, 2018 in Hangzhou.

Mr Agathonos subsequently visited the Institute of New Industries of Shanghai University in Jiaxing. The visit was a follow-up to the BMVIT-led Austrian delegation on New Materials, which visited several cities in China, including the Shanghai University, in November 2018. BMVIT and the Shanghai University have agreed to organize a two-day workshop in Shanghai and Jiaxing in early September to review the achievements of their five-year long cooperation. The Institute expressed the willingness to be part of the running projects and expand the Sino-Austria cooperation in the field of industrialization in the future.

In the afternoon, Mr Agathonos met the Mayor of Jiaxing, Mr MAO Hongfang, who expressed his satisfaction for the intense exchanges between the City of Jiaxing and Austria in the field of smart city, based on the MoU signed between the Austrian Technology Corporation (ATC) and the Nanhu District of Jiaxing during the State of Visit of the Austrian Federal President in April 2018, and his support for the upcoming Austrian Technology in May, which should focus on green buildings, new energy systems and mobility. Mayor MAO also express his wish for a closer cooperation between the Yangtze Delta Institute of the Tsinghua University based in Jiaxing and Austria in the field of technology exchange.



Smart City Workshop

Intensive Exchange of views in the area of Smart City between Austria and China

Photo: Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift, Mr. Ernst Woller

Photo: Panel Discussion at the 2018 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation

On Tuesday, the December 11th a Smart City Workshop was hosted at the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Beijing by the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy (OSTA Beijing) and opened by the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Friedrich Stift.

Mr. Ernst Woller, first President of the Parliament of the Province of Vienna was invited by Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the OSTA Beijing to attend the Workshop and deliver a key note speech on the City of Vienna’s remarkable evolution over the last 100 years. Vienna now ranks first in various international ranking systems measuring quality of life and level of digitalization.

Mr. Bernhard Müller, Secretary General of the Urban Forum and former mayor of the City Wiener Neustadt also attended the event an presented his organization as well as the Agency for European Integration, a Vienna-based governmental agency set-up to manage large transnational projects.

The AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, the largest Austrian applied research organization and the Austrian companies Swarco, Doppelmayr and Neubau, which are all present in China for several years as well as representatives from the China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD) of the NDRC, the China Academy for Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) of MoHURD and the Telekom-Giant Huawei gave informative Show-Case Presentations in the area of Smart City including cyber security, smart buildings, smart traffic and digitization.

On Wednesday 12 December, Mr. Ernst Woller, accompanied by Ambassador Stift, OSTA, AIT, Urban Forum, a representative of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and of the Research Promotion Agency participated at the 2018 China-EU Conference on Sustainable Urbanisation dedicated on the planning of the Xiong’an New Area, organised by CAUPD and joined a Panel Discussion at the opening session of the event.




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.



Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province (CN)

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.



Jiaxing Science City (CN)