Taking part of the Global Innovation Entrepreneurship Fair in Chengdu

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Photo: Philipp Agathonos, Dietmar Schweisgut, Gernot Grimm, Birgit Murr, Segree Dai, Marcus Ullmann

10 May 2017- From 10. to 12. May an Austrian delegation led by Dr. Gernot Grimm, head of staff group for technology transfer and security research, Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Technology and Transport (BMVIT), and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Director of OSTA, attended the Global Innovation Entrepreneurship Fair in Chengdu.

On 10. May the delegation attended the GIEF opening ceremony and subsequently visited the new Business and Innovation Center, where they took part at the opening ceremony organised by EUPIC in the presence of the party Chairman in Chengdu Mr. Fan and EU Ambassador Mr. Schweisgut. In the afternoon the delegation attended the International Seminar on Intellectual Property and Urban Development, organised by the S&T Department Chengdu. In parallel, Mr. Agathonos paid a visit to the South West Transportation University, one of the top level Universities in China.

On 11. May the Delegation attended the World Future Technology Forum of S&T Department Chengdu and had a meeting with representatives of DRC and S&T Department Chengdu.

On the last day of this Chengdu trip the delegation attended the Belt and Road Summit, on which Dr. Grimm gave a startling speech on the summit. On the same day Mr. Agathonos attended the startup Event “Slush” as a guest of Mayor’s Assistant of Chengdu, Mr. HAN, and participated at the inaugural panel discussion on start-up promotion.

This visit laid the foundations of a deeper cooperation between Austria and Chengdu in the fields of Science and Technology.

 

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BMVIT delegation visits Smart City experts in Hong Kong and Guangzhou

Exchanging concepts for smart city development

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Photo: Robert Schwertner, Philipp Agathonos, Alexander Unkart, Yang Jun, Zeng Lu, Max Pfeiler, Chen Yongfen at GDST

9 December 2016 – From 5 to 9 December, a delegation led by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) met “Smart City”-stakeholders from Chinese universities, research institutes and government agencies. Alexander Unkart (BMVIT), Dr. Emmanuel Glenck and Robert Schwertner (both FFG), as well as representatives from the Austrian Consulate General in Guangzhou and Hong Kong and Philipp Agathonos, Minister Plenipotentiary for Science and Technology and Max Pfeiler (both OSTA), had lively discussions and on-site visits at the Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Guangzhou Smart City Research Institute, Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research Group, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC) and the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation (GIUI).

The delegation visit culminated in the signing of an agreement between FFG and Guangdong Science and Technology Department (GDST).

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Students from Upper Austria visit Partner University in Beijing

A double-degree Master program in “global sales and marketing” between FH OÖ and UIBE was established in 2015

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Photo: Robert Füreder, Margarethe Überwimmer, Arnold Obermayr, Peter Schintlmeister and Philipp Agathonos with the students

12 October 2016 – Almost 40 students of global sales and marketing at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OÖ) visited Beijing from 9-15 October 2016. The study trip took place within the framework of the double-degree Master program which was established between FH OÖ and University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing in March 2015.

The students were warmly welcomed at the premises of the Austrian Embassy by Arnold Obermayr, Cultural Counsellor and head of the cultural forum on 12 October. Science Counsellor and director of OSTA, Peter Schintlmeister, provided knowledge and insights into the S&T landscape of China, followed by a lively discussion with the students.

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Extending Sino-Austrian cooperation in Lymphedema Therapy

The Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in Hangzhou held a seminar together with Lohmann & Rauscher 

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Photo: Georg Votava explains European health care management

25 June 2016 – At the opening ceremony of the two days seminar on lymphedema therapy, organized by the Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in Hangzhou, the general manager of Lohmann & Rauscher China, Mr. Georg Votava, and expert on wound management, Dr. Thomas Eberlein, explained the European university course “complex decongestive therapy” and gave insight into the health care system in Austria. The education and training seminar was attended by medical doctors, nurses and researchers from Chinese hospitals. Within the network of the Institute for technology-based Education in Health, Management and Social Service International (IHM), which combines several Austrian and European ministries, as well as Austrian and international research institutes and universities of applied sciences, Lohmann & Rauscher work together with Chinese partners to establish vocational training courses such as “lymphedema therapist” and “train the trainer” in China. OSTA delivered greetings to the audience.

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Graphene Workshop in Vienna

Preparing the 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister welcomes the experts

20 June 2016 – In the framework of the cooperation between FFG and Shanghai University, a delegation of Shanghai University, lead by Prof. Shi Liyi, vice director of the Nanoscience and Technology Research Center at Shanghai University, visits Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), Montan-University Leoben, CTP Air Pollution Control and the Green Tech Cluster in Graz.

In preparation of the upcoming 2nd joint call between FFG and Shanghai University, a workshop on graphene-research was held at TU Vienna to present Austrian and Chinese expertise and to discuss joint research projects. Alexander Pogany, expert for national and international research policy in the area of industrial technologies at the BMVIT, and Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, as well as Prof. Shi warmly welcomed the experts from China and Austria.

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Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna visits Beijing

Welcome reception at the Austrian Embassy

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15 June 2016 – Ambassador Mr. Hans Winkler, director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna / Vienna School of International Studies (DA Vienna) since 2009, visited China to discuss future cooperation with Chinese research institutes and universities such as the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) in Beijing. Hans Winkler was warmly welcomed by the Austrian Ambassador to China, Mrs. Irene Giner-Reichl, at the Austrian Embassy. Alumni of DA Vienna and high-ranking representatives of universities and research institutes in Beijing also attended the reception. The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna is a postgraduate professional school, dedicated to preparing talented university and college graduates for international careers and positions of leadership in international organizations, the EU, in public service and in international business.

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OSTA strengthens ties with Mongolia

Presenting Austrian science communication in Ulaanbaatar

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Photo: Alumni seminar of the Eurasia Pacific Uninet

11 June 2016 – On the occasion of the “Austrian Week” in Ulaanbaatar, Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, visited Mongolia from 8-11 June. He had fruitful talks with high-ranking representatives of the National University of Mongolia (NUM), the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the University of Humanities. Prof. Wolf-Dieter Rausch, president of the Eurasia Pacific Uninet (EPU), together with Prof. Sarantuya Tsedendamba from MUST, organized an EPU Alumni meeting on 9 June. Amongst scientists from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS), MUST, NUM and the Mongolian University of Life Sciences (MULS), who gave an overview of their projects, Peter Schintlmeister held a keynote on science communication in Austria and Dr. Katharina Lang from the Austrian Academy of Sciences presented her research in Mongolia. All sides agreed to strengthen the partnership between Austrian and Mongolian universities, work together on science communication and build on existing ties to promote researchers mobility, especially for young scientists.

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OSTA presents at EU Outreach Event in Suzhou

The seminar was hosted by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

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Photo: Peter Schintlmeister introduces S&T in Austria

3 June 2016 – A workshop on how researchers from China can apply for funding in Europe took place at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou. Representatives of the EU, Euraxess, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain held presentations on research funding and activities in their respective countries. Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA, introduced opportunities for research collaboration with Austria. The event attracted research staff and PhD students of XJTLU as well as external guests from institutions such as Renmin University and The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

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Delegation of TU Vienna visits China

Deepening bilateral cooperation in architecture and planning

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Photo: Klaus Semsroth, Arthur Kanonier, Rudolf Scheuvens, Peter Schintlmeister, Mladen Jadric

30 May 2016 – A delegation of the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) visited OSTA during their journey to China. The Faculty for Architecture and Planning aims at deepening their longstanding cooperation with Tongji University in Shanghai, South-East University in Nanjing and Tsinghua University in Beijing and discussed possibilities for additional double degree programs and bilateral joint research projects with Chinese partners, also in the field of Smart Cities.

Appointment of Professorship

Foundations of Data Science with focus on Big Data Management

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The Department of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering at Graz University of Technology is seeking applications for the position of a professorship for Foundations of Data Science with focus on Big Data Management at the Institute of Knowledge Technologies. The successful candidate will hold a §98 UG professorship with a duration of 5 years. After a successful evaluation an unlimited contract is foreseen. The chosen application domain for this professorship is Smart Production / Industry 4.0.

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