Meeting with the Sichuan S&T Department

Exploring further cooperation fields and preparing Austrian Technology Day

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Photo: Lin, Thenmayer, Zanetta, Agathonos, Liu, Allgäuer, Zhao in front of Austrian booth on WCIF

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Photo: Bilateral talks on margin of WCIF

20 September 2018 – In the margin of WCIF – Western China International Fair, Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA and Mr Martin Allgäuer, Consul General of Austria in Chengdu met the Director General of Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province, Mr LIU Dong. Mr Agathonos firstly presented the Austrian booth to DG Liu and both sides subsequently held fruitful talks regarding the possible fields for bilateral cooperation and the preparation of Austrian Technology Day, which will presumably take place on 05 November in Chengdu.

Focused on the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport and actual urban development of Chengdu, Mr Agathonos “offered” „Aeropolis“ (border control, crowd-management), environmental technologies (drinking water management, wastewater management, CO² conversion technology, passive house), mobility (smart transport system) and disaster management (Geo-mapping) etc. as possible cooperation fields between Austria and Chengdu. DG Liu agreed with the proposal and ensured the support pf his Department  for the Austrian Technology Day event.


Austria as guest of honor for EU-China Fair and WCIF

Leading Austrian technologies become more prominent 

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Photo: Mr Agathonos presenting Austrian technologies in cyber security range on 13th EU-China Fair

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Photo: Allgäuer, Huang, Agathonos, Zanetta, Thenmayer, Austrian booth on WCIF

19 September 2018 – The 13th EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair opened in Chengdu. On invitation of the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC Chengdu), Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and director of OSTA attended this significant event. Following a VIP meeting with the Chengdu Municipal Government and the opening ceremony, Mr Agathonos held a keynote presentation regarding “Technological Innovation – Enabling Security and Sustainability” at the EU-China New Economy Forum. On behalf of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, He introduced OSTA and presented selected Austrian technologies portfolio in the field of digital safety and cyber security and green environmental technologies, such as the state-of-the-art digital identity border management for airport security, Blockchain forensic and DMC production based on CO², which caught great attention from attending partners. Mr Agathonos also noted, that Chengdu was the final station of the SilkRoad4.0 trip by Mr Philipe Reinisch, who traveled with a motorbike from Europe to Asia along the silk road.

On the following day, 20 September, the 17th WCIF – Western China International Fair also opened in Chengdu. Austrian booth within the EU exhibition hall, provided and set up by EUPIC free of charge gave us the chance to present OSTA, the AIT the SilkRoad4.0 project as well as the (governmental) Agency for European Integration (AEI), which signed an MoU with EUPIC. It attracted many visitors.


OSTA supports Austrian-China S&T Cooperation Forum

Moderating the S&T Forum 

Photo: Philipp Agathonos

08 June 2018 – A delegation led by the Chengdu Hi-tech Zone and EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) visited Austria and participated at the Austrian-China S&T Cooperation Forum which was hosted by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and the Austrian Promotion Agency. A group of Chinese officials also used this opportunity to meet representatives of several Austrian Ministries (BMVIT, BMDW and BMBWF) and the Global Incubator Network, which supports international Start-up cooperation.  Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), supported the delegation in terms of moderating the event and facilitating the visit of the delegation to the AIT and the ÖBB Open Innovation Centre.



The sixth Joint Working Group Meeting between BMVIT and NDRC

Further enhance cooperation in the field of infrastructure technology

Photo: The 6th Joint Working Group meeting between BMVIT and NDRC

The sixth Joint Working Group meeting between the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria (BMVIT) and the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC) was held in Beijing on the 16 March 2018. The Chinese delegation was headed by Mr. ZHENG Jian. The Austrian delegation was headed by Mr. Gernot GRIMM, Head of Staff Group for Technology Transfer and Security Research, BMVIT.

Both sides held in-depth discussions regarding the cooperation in the field of infrastructure technology, especially focusing on Infrastructure and Urbanization, Railways & rail bound urban transport systems, Water Management, E-mobility and autonomous driving. As a special feature of this year’s Joint Working Group Meeting, representatives from nearly 20 renowned Chinese and Austrian technology companies and research institutions attended the meeting and presented their latest technologies, products and ideas for cooperation. Both sides highly esteemed the participation of representatives from companies, which will to a large extent accelerate the implementation of future cooperation projects.

The meeting featured presentations among others by the Austrian Railway Group (ÖBB), Austria Rail Engineering (ARE), the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Austrian Research Promoting Agency (FFG).


“Digital Creativity Prints the Future” – 3D Printing Forum opens

Austria is setting targets with „production of the future“

Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a presentation on 3D Printing Forum

On 22 December 2017, “Digital Creativity Prints the Future” – Forum on 3D Printing Industrial Innovation and Development opened in Beijing. Following the invitation of the Fengtai Science Park 3D Printing Digital Innovation Center, Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos attended the Summit and held a presentation on “Strategies for innovative Technology and Enterprises in Austria”. Mr Agathonos presented the RTI-Initiative, “products of the future” of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and introduced leading 3D Printing companies from Austria, such as Cubicure and Lithoz.

The 2017 “Digital Creativity Prints the Future” Summit Forum on 3D Printing Industrial Innovation and Development is co-hosted by the Administrative Committee of Zhongguancun Fengtai Science Park and the Beijing Fengtai Science Park Development Ltd. Top experts, such as Mr HE Jingtang, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Mr ZHANG Haiou, Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) etc. attended the forum and held speeches not only to present the current achievements in 3D printing, but also explore in depth the potentiality of 3D printing for aerospace, health care, manufacturing, architecture, cultural and military industry.



EU-China Research and Innovation Tour comes successfully in Suzhou to an end

Further opportunities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

Photo: Philipp Agathonos held a speech about the current and potential cooperation with Austria in Hefei

After the launch of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour at the Italian Embassy on 27th October 2017 in Beijing and the station on 1st November 2017 in Hangzhou, the Tour continued its track further to Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan, Hefei, Shanghai and ended on 1st December successfully in Suzhou. Representatives from the EU Delegation, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Croatia attended the events. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.

In Hefei station Austria was represented by OSTA Director Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr Philipp Agathonos. Max Pfeiler covered all other stations. They held speeches presenting the current and potential S&T cooperation between China and Austria. In Hefei Prof. Kai CHEN, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale and Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), a collaborator of Austria’s most prominent Chinese alumnus, Prof. Jianwei PAN, gave a testimonial on cooperation in field of quantum communication following the speech of Mr Agathonos.

The EU-China Research and Innovation Tour received great responses from local S&T departments and created more opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with a variety of covering areas in the promising future.



2017 China-Europe Research and Innovation Tour in Hangzhou

Presenting possibilities for science and technology cooperation with Austria

Photo: Max Pfeiler held a speech about the potential cooperation with Austria

On 1 November 2017, the second station of the EU-China Research and Innovation Tour 2017 was held at Hangzhou Dianzi University in Hangzhou, Province Zhejiang. Staff of OSTA, Mr Max Pfeiler, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain attended the event. They introduced their current situation on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for bilateral cooperation with China.

Chinese representatives, such as Mr. WANG Jian, Deputy Director of Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Department, Mr. DONG Keqin, Director of the Division for European Affairs of MOST, Mr. ZHU Zefei, President of Hangzhou Dianzi University, participated actively in the event and announced their willingness to accelerate the EU-China cooperation activities.



Visit of CETC in Beijing

Fruitful talks about cyber security between AIT and CETC

Photo: Philipp Agathonos, Lin MA, Helmut Leopold, Haizhen WEI, Christof Tatschl, Caiyi LOU, Wen YANG.

On 30th October, following the invitation of China Electronics Technology Group Coorperation (CETC) Mr Helmut Leopold, Head of the Center for Digital Safety & Security, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), visited the CETC in Beijing. Mr Leopold was accompanied by Philipp Agathonos (Minister Plenipotentiary, director of OSTA), Colonel Christof W. Tatschl (Defence Attaché of Austria) and Lingzhi Huang (Science and Technology Officer of OSTA). Lin MA (President of Information Science Academy, CETC), Caiyi LOU (Deputy Director of the 36th Research Institute of CETC), Haizhen WEI (General Manager of CETC Europe Innovation Industry & Technology GmbH) and twenty representatives of other ten institutes of CETC, CAEIT, CETCi, CETC-ISA und China Cyber Security attended the meeting.

Helmut Leopold gave an overview of AIT, especially presenting the research achievements in the field of cyber security and existing cooperation of AIT in the framework of EU programmes . He subsequently answered questions and discussed technical difficulties and solutions with the attending experts of CETC. Mr. Agathonos gave a brief information about the Vienna Cyber Security Week, which will take place from 29th January to 2nd February 2018 at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and invited CETC representatives sincerely to this event. Mr. Ma provided constructive opinions and suggestions for the potential cooperation in related fields in the future, which was agreed and confirmed by the Austrian side.





Launch of the 2017 EU-China Research and Innovation Tour

Start of the Tour at the Italian Embassy in Beijing  

Photo: EU-China Cooperation

Beijing Event was the inaugural meeting of the “2017 EU-China Research and Innovation Tour “. It took place on 27 October 2017 in the Embassy of Italy, bringing together an audience of over 100 people. The seminar was also special because of the presence of a delegation from Brussels, led by Mr. Philippe Vialatte, acting Head of Unit at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The Austrian delegation was composed by participants both from Beijing (OSTA-Director Philipp Agathonos and Science Officers Max Pfeiler and Lothar Hahn) and Vienna (Helmut Leopold, Austrian Institute of Technology, Stefanie Nagel, Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy as well as Ralf König and Elli Tzatzanis-Stepanovic, from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

Mr. ZHU Xuehua, Deputy Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, gave a testimonial about his experience in EU-China R&I Cooperation and talked about the new Co-funding Mechanism for Chinese Participants in Horizon 2020.



ÖBB Delegation visits China

Opening new opportunities of railway cooperation between Austria and China

Photo: Thomas Kargl, Walter Ruck, Andreas Matthä, Zhenfang LIU, Friedrich Stift, Philipp Agathonos, etc.

A Delegation of the Austrian Federal Railways – ÖBB -, composed by Mr Andreas Matthä (CEO of ÖBB), Ms Bettina Gusenbauer (Head of the Office of the CEO of ÖBB), Mr Thomas Kargl (Board Member, Rail Cargo), Mr Erik Regter (Board Member, Rail Cargo) and Ms Cornelia Scherhaufer (Board Member Assistant, Rail Cargo) paid a visit to China from 23th to 26th of October 2017.

On the 23th of October the ÖBB-Delegation visited the China Railway Corporation (CRC) and the National Railway Administration (NRA) in Beijing, accompanied by HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift and the OSTA Team headed by Minister Plenipotentiary Philipp Agathonos. The President of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, Mr Walter Ruck, attended the first meeting as well. The visits laid the foundation for a deeper cooperation between Austria and China in the field of railway transportation.

The ÖBB-Delegation participated on October the 24tth at the China (Hunan Province) International Rail Transit Industrial Expo & High-level Forum 2017 in Zhuzhou. CEO Matthä held a presentation on the „ÖBB and its part in international cooperation and exchanges in rail transit industry within the framework of China’s Belt and Road Initiative”. Following the presentation the ÖBB-Delegation, accompanied by OSTA, visited production sites of the CRRC.

CEO Matthä also held a presentation on the 25th of October at the EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair in Chengdu, where the ÖBB-Delegation held interesting B2B meetings, i.a. with the Chengdu Investment Group regarding the export of goods from Austria and Central Europe by railway transport to western China. In parallel, Mr Thomas Kargl gave a brief introduction of ÖBB and Rail Cargo at the Southwest University of Transportation.

On 26th of October the ÖBB-Delegation held meetings with representatives of the Shenyang and Yingkou Ports in Shanghai.