OSTA attends the Micius Quantum Prize Ceremony at the USTC

Three Austrian quantum experts winning the prize

Photo: Prof. Zeilinger as one of the laureates

18 September 2019 – The International Conference on Emerging Quantum Technology (ICEQT 2019) was held from 15 to 20 September at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), in the city of Hefei. At the afternoon on 18 September, the Micius Quantum Prize for promoting emerging quantum technologies, recognizing significant science advance ranging from the early conceptual contributions to the recent experimental breakthroughs, was awarded to the laureates, including three Austrian scientists, Prof. Rainer Blatt, Prof. Peter Zoller, Prof. Anton Zeilinger and Austrian alumni Prof. Jianwei Pan. Max Pfeiler, deputy director of OSTA, attended the prize ceremony at invitation of the local organizing committee.

The Micius Quantum Prize’s laureates 2018 and 2019 were announced at the same time. The 2018 laureates for theory category included Prof. Peter Zoller for the outstanding theoretical contributions that enabled the scalable implementations of quantum information processing, such as quantum computation with trapped ions, quantum simulation with ultracold atoms, and quantum repeaters; Prof. Rainer Blatt won the experimental category prizes 2018 for his pioneering experimental work on the realizations of quantum logic gates, multiparticle entanglement, quantum simulation and quantum computing algorithms using trapped ions. The experimental category prize 2019 went to Prof. Anton Zeilinger and Prof. Jianwei Pan for their groundbreaking experiments in multi-photon interferometry and free-space quantum transmission that enabled practically secure and large-scale quantum communications.

The excellent results of awarding the prize show the outstanding development of Austria in the field of quantum technologies. OSTA has built up a fruitful science communication relationship with the USTC.


OSTA attended 2019 Nanjing Tech Week

Exchange ideas with world-renowned scientists

Photo: Presentation by Mr Agathonos

30 June 2019 –The 2019 Nanjing Tech Week “Infinite Nanjing Infinite Future” was held from June 26th to 30th 2019. The event was hosted by the Nanjing Municipal Government with the main aim to promote innovation, cooperation and technological development of the city. Nearly 2,300 guests, including 800 international participants from 45 countries and regions, attended the event.
At the invitation of Nanjing Municipal Government, Mr Philipp Agathonos, director of the Science and Technology Section of the Austrian Embassy Beijing (OSTA) was present at the opening ceremony. Mr Agathonos also attended the 2019 International Conference on Innovation and Application of Block Chain Technology, a side event organised by the Gulou District government, with a presentation focused on the Austrian Technology on Block chain and Cyber Security. At the margins of the conference Mr Agathonos met with Mr Yang Xuepeng, Executive Vice Mayor of Nanjing, Mr Jiang Yuejing, Vice Mayor of Nanjing, Mr Wu Wei, Chief Executive of Gulou District as well as Mr Lei Fengyun from the department of international cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and attended a meeting with the Secretary of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee, Mr Lou Qinjian.
In the course of the conference Mr Agathonos held constructive meetings and exchanged ideas, among others, with the well-known Nobel Prize winner Mr Chao Chung Ting, Prof. Freddy Boey, Deputy president of National University of Singapore and Prof. Chunming Rong from the University of Stavanger.


Physics PhD students visit to Shanghai and Hangzhou

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.


Ambassador Stift meets the District Government Gulou, Nanjing

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.



The China-EU Research and Innovation Stakeholders Tour 2019 continues to Wuhan and Chongqing

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.


OSTA visited Nanjing

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.


OSTA accompanies the SWARCO-Delegation to Shanghai and Hangzhou

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.



OSTA revisits Hangzhou and Jiaxing

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.



OSTA’s New Year Reception 2019

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.


Students from Upper Austria visit The Austrian Embassy in Beijing

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.