The Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), located within the Embassy of Austria in Washington, D.C., has been garnering a network of Austrian scientists and innovators in North America for the past 15 years.
To bolster the cooperation amongst the scientific Austrian diaspora in North America, the Austrian Research and Innovation Talk (ARIT) is hosted annually. The 2015 ARIT will take place from November 06-07, 2015 in San Francisco and will attract local innovators from the Bay Area and high-level policy stakeholders from Austria alike. With the backdrop of San Francisco, the ARIT will seek to foster further cooperation between the Austrian and American STI community.
Past ARIT’s have been held in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and other major hubs in the U.S. Former participants of the ARIT have included Nobel Laureates such as Eric Kandel, Martin Karplus or Walter Kohn. This year's The ARIT constitutes one of the largest European scientific diaspora meetings in North America.
The Office of Science and Technology, and ARIT are supported by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, and the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.