For the first time since its launch, the 23th International Passive House Conference left the German-speaking region and moved to the Chinese city of Gaobeidian for three days. With 350 international congress participants from 50 countries, 800 participants from China and more than 35,000 visitors, the conference set a new record. And with 21 out of 103 sessions, the Austrian delegation gave the highest number of presentations, reflecting the pioneering role which the country plays in the passive house and energy efficiency sector.
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According to Ben Ruschin, Vienna is ideally suited to become an artificial intelligence hotspot
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Interview: In Southern Burgenland, energy expert Andreas Schneemann demonstrates how digitalization helps to create renewable energy systems which can serve as international role models.
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It almost looks like a traditional carriage, but it is praised as an animal and environmentally friendly alternative: the new electric carriage unveiled by utility provider Wien Energie. It comes with a 16-kilowatt engine and it can reach a top speed of up to 25km/h.
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Biopharmaceutical company Takeda is expanding its operations in Austria with the launch of a modern drugs series in Orth on the Danube.
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The Austrian Commission for UNESCO has designated the Heurige, the typical Viennese tavern at a winery, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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After four years, Austrian researchers and companies have succeeded in securing over €1bn in funding from Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme, according to an overview report released by the Austria Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Austria boasts a success rate of 18% in terms of participations, ranking second among EU countries and clearly ahead of the EU average of 15.4%.
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Interview: Technology and trend researcher Mario Herger lives in Silicon Valley and knows the difference between American and Austrian business strategies. The Vienna Region's start-up scene does have some of the characteristics of Silicon Valley.
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ecoplus, the business agency of Lower Austria, has been managing the Technopol programme for 15 years. In four locations – Krems, Tulln, Wiener Neustadt and Wieselburg - the agency combines research, education and business, aiming to promote cutting-edge science and technology. Since 2004, around 1,500 researchers have completed 312 projects with a total volume of around €500m.
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UNESCO has added “Austria’s cake and pastry culture“ to its Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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