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Overview & Background Information on the VTÖ Study Trip 2009:

Delegation Members in front of MIT Stata Center
Delegation Members in front of MIT Stata Center.
The Austrian Association of Technology Centers (VTÖ) is a nationwide body representing the interests of Austrian Technology, Innovation, and Start-Up Centers. Each year, the VTÖ arranges a study trip for its members to enable them to gain insight into the structures, facilities, and research-promotion systems of the host country.
The VTÖ Study Trip 2009 to the east coast of the United States was organized by the Office of Science & Technology (OST) in close cooperation with the VTÖ as part of the OST Visitors Program, following an in-depth evaluation of the goals of the visit. 

After arriving in Washington, DC, the 21 members of the delegation visited universities and science parks as well as research and development-related companies in the US capital and in 4 different states. They had the opportunity to meet executives responsible for their area of expertise at such renowned institutions as MIT,  a visit co-organized with the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Liaison Office at MIT; the North Carolina Research Triangle, the oldest and largest science park in the world; and DARPA, the birthplace of the Internet and GPS.


In addition to the daily visits, the OST organized social networking events for visiting delegations. The VTÖ evening program included a cocktail reception hosted by the Austrian Ambassador to the United States Dr. Christian Prosl. Among the guests were key players from the Washington, DC, S&T policy scene and a visiting delegation from the North Carolina Bio-Energy Initiative led by Austrian Honorary Consul Robert Friedl. A networking reception in Boston was organized in cooperation with the Boston Chapter of ASciNA, the association of Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America. The OST invited ASciNA members and the delegation to a sit-down dinner during which attendees had opportunities to network and exchange information.

The week-long program was rounded off with some sightseeing, optional museum visits such as a guided tour of the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, or a guided walking tour of the MIT Campus (see picture above).

Members of the OST Team accompanied the delegation during their entire trip and were therefore able to attend directly to organizational issues.

For detailed information on the different stations of the study trip, please select the respective days in the above menu bar.

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