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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Group Photo
OSTA organized on October 11 and 12 the Austrian Science & Technology Days in Chengdu. The days, which were organized with the support of the EU Project Innovation Centre (EUPIC) for the first time within the framework of the Tecxport programme of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in collaboration with the city of Chengdu and the Province of Sichuan, were opened by the Ambassador of Austria to China Mr Friedrich Stift.
Gernot Grimm (General Director in the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology), Philipp Agathonos (Director of OSTA), Christian Frey (Director at the FFG), Xuehua CHEN (Deputy Director-General of the S&T Department of Sichuan Province), Fuyi XU (Vice-Party Secretary of the Chengdu Industrial Hi-Tech Development Zone Work Group) and Tao LIN (Department Manager of the Chengdu Industrial Hi-Tech Development Zone Administrative Committee) played an active role on the first day, which was dedicated to presentations of Austrian technologies by Austrian research institutes and companies (ATC, AIT, SWARCO, MUT and Doppelmayr) in the areas of urban transport, waste management and geological disaster prevention. The presentations were followed by intense discussions between the two sides and marked out the high potential for concrete project-based cooperation.
In the evening the delegation visited the future HQ of EUPIC and attended a reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which was hosting an exhibition by Austrian and Chinese contemporary artists. The event was attended by more than twenty provincial and city government officials of Chengdu and the Province of Sichuan as well as representatives of the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and relevant universities.
On October 12 HE Ambassador Friedrich Stift met with the CPC party leader of the city of Chengdu, Ruiping FAN, and the vice-governor of Sichuan province, Hexin ZHU and had an open and constructive dialogue.
Photo: Dr. Gernot GRIMM, Ges. Philipp Agathonos, Mr. YANG Guosheng
Photo: Group Photo
As part of the BMVIT delegation trip to China, the Austrian Science & Technology Days were organized for the first time with officials from the city of Xi’an 9th to 10th October 2017 – the Austrian Science & Technology Days were opened by Philipp Agathonos (Director of OSTA), Yang Guosheng (Vice-Secretary General of the City Government Xi’an), Gernot Grimm (General Director from the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology) and Christian Frey (Director of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency – FFG).
The event included sessions on five topics:
- urban transportation technologies
- urban waste management
- retrofitting of old buildings
- geological prevention of disasters
- cooperation between Austria and China in the fields of Science and Research.
During every session officials from the city of Xi’an introduced their priorities for the coming years. Austrian Institutes, agencies and companies were thus able to present tailor-made solutions to address these priorities. These were: the Austrian Research Promotion Agency – FFG, the Austrian Institute of Technology – AIT, the Austrian Technology Corporation – ATC and the leading companies SWARCO, Doppelmayr and M.U.T.
The presentations were followed by intense discussions between the two sides and marked out the high potential for concrete project-based cooperation.