Science exchanges between universities
Photo: Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer and Mr. Philipp Agathonos
6 May 2019 – 7 May 2019, OSTA assisted and welcomed a mixed group of physics PhD students from different European Universities throughout their visit to Shanghai and Hangzhou. The majority of the attending students were from the Vienna University of Technology, they were accompanied by the renowned quantum physicist Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer.
On the 6th of May, OSTA hosted an evening reception at the Marriott Hotel in Shanghai. The welcoming speeches and buffet were well-received by the participants.
The next day commenced with a visit to the Hangzhou Dianzi University, were the students received a warm welcome speech by the faculty and a small campus tour. The group continued on to the Xixi Campus of Alibaba, which included a presentation, as well as Q&A, by one of the quantum lab members and a tour through the company campus.
The trip was concluded with a walk and dinner at the iconic West Lake in Hangzhou.
Paving the way for STI cooperation between Austria and Nanjing
Photo: Group photo with Ambassador Stift
April 03, 2019 – Accompanied by OSTA, Ambassador Friedrich Stift met representatives from the People’s Government of Gulou District, Nanjing.
The delegation of the Gulou district was headed by Chief Executive Mr WU Wei, who informed the ambassador about his plans to pay a visit to Austria at the end of the month, with the purpose to facilitate science and innovation cooperation between Nanjing and Austria. He pointed out that half of Nanjings Universities and academic scholars are based in the Gulou district. Ambassador Stift and Mr Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of OSTA, emphasized the importance of the ongoing bilateral cooperation between Austria and China and assured Mr Wu that the embassy and OSTA in particular will provide the necessary support. Ambassador Stift and Mr Agathonos were also invited to attend the Nanjing Innovation Week, which will take place from June 26 – 30 in Nanjing.
Both sides expressed their interest in establishing a cooperation mechanism between Austria and Nanjing in the future. Further work arrangements in detail will be carried out by OSTA.
Identifying new STI collaborations with China
Photo: Group photo in Chongqing
March 26, 2019 – The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 continues to its second cluster, Wuhan and Chongqing. In Wuhan, the event was opened by Dr. Philippe Vialatte, Minister Counsellor, Head of the Science and Technology Section, Delegation of the European Union to China, Mr. DU Yun, Deputy Director General of Hubei Provincial S&T Department, and Mr. XIE Xiaolin, Vice President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Mr Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, as well as representatives from the EU Delegation, the Nederlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and EURAXESS participated in this event. They introduced their current collaboration status quo on science, technology and innovation and presented opportunities for EU and bilateral cooperation with China. During the training session of Horizon 2020, the MSCA – Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – was introduced by Mr Matteo Sabini, that Chinese institution can act as non-funded partner organisations to establish and strengthen collaborations with European partners. Representatives of the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC), affiliate to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), also gave an overview of new opportunities of China-EU STI cooperation as well as policies and application rules for China-EU CFM projects.
On March 28, the tour continued successfully to Chongqing, where the Chongqing Municipal S&T Bureau cordially granted relief to all tour activities.
Support cooperation between Chinese and Austrian Universities
18 March 2019 – On the occasion of the visit of Prof. Clemens Heitzinger (TU Wien) to Shanghai, Zhengzhou and Nanjing, Mr. Philipp Agathonos, the director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) held in-depth meetings with the officials from the No. 14 Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), from the Gulou district government of Nanjing. Representatives from the Nanjing University, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications as well as Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology also participated at the meetings.
At the meeting, the officials from the Gulou district government introduced the Nanjing Innovation Week, which will take place from June 26 – 30 in Nanjing. To promote this event and invite international participants from Austria, a Chinese delegation led by the District Mayor Mr. WU Wei announced a visit to Austria in April. Mr. Agathonos assured that OSTA will provide the necessary support.
Furthermore, Mr. Agathonos briefed about the planned Austrian delegation trip in the field of ICT in November this year. The representatives from the local universities in Nanjing expressed great interest to host a one-day workshop with the Austrian delegation. The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for intensifying the science exchange and cooperation between Nanjing and Austria.
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.
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.
Showing our gratitude to Partners and Alumni at the Austrian Embassy
Photo: OSTA´s New Year reception
On 15 January 2019, the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA Beijing) successfully held its traditional New Year’s Reception at the Austrian Embassy. Mr. Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and director of OSTA opened the reception expressing his gratitude to our partners in the public administration, in university and research institutions and leading high-tech companies. He particularly welcomed our alumni, who an important link between Austria and China and the guests, who traveled from Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Chengdu and Shenzhen to spend an evening at the Austrian embassy. All in all over 130 guests enjoyed the Austrian hospitality and used the opportunity for some intense networking.
Discussion and Exchange about the relationships between Austria, Europe and China
Photo: Margarethe Überwimmer, Philipp Agathonos with the students
16 October 2018 – Almost 35 students of global sales and marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OÖ) visited Beijing from 14-20 October 2018. On October 16th the students were warmly welcomed at the residence of the Austrian Embassy Beijing by Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA), who gave them insights on the S&T landscape of China and the Sino-Austrian S&T cooperation. Following the presentation Mr Agathonos had a long discussion with the students about the relationships between Austria, Europe and China.
OSTA also arranged on the following day a field trip for the students to Huawei, the well-known leading enterprise in the field of information and communication in China.
Determing the potential topics for the Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong
Photo: Jack Lui, Franz Rößler, Max Pfeiler and Wynne Wong
12 July 2018 – After the visit of a Delegation from the Austrian Region of Burgenland led by Governor Hans Niessl in June, Mr. Max Pfeiler, Deputy Director of OSTA, accompanied by Mr. Franz Roessler, Austrian Trade Commissioner in Hongkong, paid another visit to the Hongkong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Ms Karen Jiang, Assistant Director of Innovation and Technology Development, Innovation and Technology Development Office (ITDO), Ms Sini Liu, Manager of ITDO and Ms Wynne Wong, Senior Manager of International Affairs Office (IAO), greeted the Austrian Delegation at the meeting.
PolyU presented the current cooperation with Burgenland, other European universities and research organisations. OSTA introduced and outlined the intended Austrian Technology Day in Hongkong, which will be hosted by the Austrian Promotion Agency and co-hosted by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and OSTA. PolyU kindly provided suggestions and expressed its interest to the coming event. Furthermore, the student exchange program was also a main topic of the meeting.
Tighter economic relationship between Austria and China
Photo: Minister Schramböck visits Huawei Exhibition Center in Beijing
Photo: Minister Schramböck meets Vice Minister of MIIT, CHEN Zhaoxiong
During the state visit of Austrian Federal President Van der Bellen and Federal Counsellor Sebastian Kurz to China, the Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, Dr. Margarete Schramböck visited the Huawei Beijing Exhibition Center, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Alibaba Group on Monday, 9th of April 2018. Both sides emphasized the importance of maintaining a functioning multilateral trade system and exploring the potential provided by the increase in the volume of E-Commerce.
On Tuesday, 10th of April, Minister Schramböck participated at the opening and the signing ceremony of the Austrian Technology Day co-organized by OSTA (on behalf of FFG) and Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ). She subsequently attended a bilateral meeting with representatives of the China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) and paid a visit to the Jingdong (JD) Technology Co. Ltd., where a strategic cooperation agreement was signed. During the subsequent bilateral meeting at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) she had an exchange of views on Austrian-Chinese cooperation in the field of electronic industry.
Minister Schramböck concluded her visit at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing, where she co-signed an MoU concluded between the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the EU Project Innovation Center (EUPIC) and attended a reception organized by OSTA with more than 40 Chinese and Austrian representatives from renowned IT-related companies, universities and institutes.