Exploring more cooperation opportunities
Photo: Group photo with the officials of E-Town Co., Ltd.
29 October 2019 – Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA, Mr Guodong Wang, researcher from TU Wien and co-founder of Simple-AI KG Vienna, Mr Philipe Reinisch, CEO of Silkroad 4.0, visited the Beijing Yizhuang Investment Holdings Limited, which is located in the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, and met with Mr YANG Wenliang, President of the Beijing Yizhuang Investment Holdings Limited and Helena, President of the Beijing International Cul-Tech Center of E-Town Co., Ltd. Both sides discussed a smart tech collaboration between Austria and China. The Chinese side is especially interested in the cutting-edge technology of the Austrian Company Doppelmayr to build an entire cable car system in the city, and the establishment of an overseas research center in cooperation with TU Wien.
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”)