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Who are we and what do we do?

OSTA provides services for all stakeholders in the areas of Science, Technology, and Innovation. We can plug you into a large network of the brightest Austrian minds in North America, as well as the most relevant STI stakeholders and decision makers in Austria. OSTA is your gateway to this large and vibrant pool of innovation and talent.

Making connections that really matter, we achieve our goal of Bridging Research and Innovation between Austria and North America.

The OSTA does this by:    

  • managing one of the largest diaspora networks in North America (RINA – Research and Innovation Network Austria), with close to 3,000 active members ranging from post-docs to professors at research institutions and CEOs of international industries/companies
  • connecting you and your agency, institute, or company directly (or indirectly, through the professional networks of our members) with an extended network of members who are among the brightest minds in North America
  • facilitating the exchange of researchers and innovators, as well as Austrian policy makers, with leaders of North American thought and innovation
  • increasing the visibility of the outstanding research and innovation currently originating in Austria.

History and Organization of OSTA

The Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) – Washington was established in 2001 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. The current Minister Plenipotentiary for Science & Technology serves as Director of the OSTA.

OSTA is supported by three Austrian Federal Ministries:

  1. Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, BMEIA (Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres)
  2. Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, BMWFW (Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft)
  3. Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, BMVIT (Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie).

Representatives of these three funding ministries form OSTA’s Board of Directors, which sets strategic goals, does the financial planning, and oversees OSTA's work program and communication with the ministries.

By transforming the classical notion of science diplomacy into a dynamic professional instrument for internationalizing Austria's research and technology development, OSTA has become the hub of Austria’s Science, Technology, and Innovation initiatives in the US and Canada.

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Rosemary Grant

Rosemary Grant 
Communications Manager 
The most recent member of the OST team, Rosemary became the communications manager after a year of living abroad in China. She worked as a feature writer and social media coordinator for Redstar Magazine as well as an editor from Ocean University Press. As a DC local, she graduated from James Madison University in 2012, earning a BA in English and Media Arts and Design, with a concentration in Corporate Communications. While in school she worked for four years with the Gardy Loo literary magazine, becoming the chief editor during her final two years. 

 

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About OSTA Washington

Who we are

The Office of Science and Technology Austria - Washington (OSTA Washington) was established in 2001 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. The Attaché for Science & Technology serves as director of OSTA Washington.

OSTA Washington is supported by three Austrian federal ministries:

  • Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, BMEIA (Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres)
  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, BMWFW (Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft)
  • Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, BMVIT (Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie)

Representatives of the three funding ministries form OSTA’s Board of Directors, which determines strategic goals, financial planning, and oversees OSTA's work program and reporting to the ministries.

The establishment of OSTA Washington underlines Austria’s intention to focus on its science diplomacy efforts with North America and to strengthen the existing research, technology, and scientific relationships.

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Vision & Mission G

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"Zielorientiert planen, effizient umsetzen und nachhaltige Ergebnisse erreichen" ist die Philosophie des Office of Science & Technology.

Mit der Mission "Building bridges of knowledge and expertise between Austria and North America" haben wir uns zum Ziel gesetzt, eine strategische Schnittstelle im Bereich von Wissenschaft, Forschung und Forschungspolitik zwischen Österreich und Nordamerika zu sein.

Die Strategie zielt darauf ab, uns als eine österreichische Institution, die sich durch Expertise und Know-how in den Bereichen österreichischer und nordamerikanischer Wissenschafts-, Forschungs-, und Technologiepolitik auszeichnet, in Nordamerika zu präsentieren. Dies spiegelt sich auch in den Instrumentarien wider, die wir für unsere Kernbereiche - das OST Scientist Network, Beratung und Information durch das OST Online Magazin bridges, und F&E Kooperationen - entwickelt haben.

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Vision & Mission

Our Mission

“Bridging Research and Innovation between Austria and North America.” 

What we do

Turning the classical notion of science diplomacy into a professional instrument for internationalizing Austria's research and technology development, we concentrate our work on the following strategic areas:     

  • Increasing the visibility of excellent research and innovation made in Austria
  • Connecting Austrian R&D-institutions with their peers in North America
  • Facilitating the exchange of researchers and innovators, as well as policy makers from Austria with North American thought leaders
  • Connecting the Austrian science and innovation diaspora in North America through RINA, the Research and Innovation Network Austria
  • Supporting and initiating transatlantic R&D co-operations
  • Providing information and policy advice in research, innovation, and technology through BRIDGES, our online magazine on S&T policy issues
  • Organizing study tours and visitor programs
  • Hosting and organizing events

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