In honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2018, the Embassy of Austria hosted a panel discussion entitled Freedom of the Press: Still the 4th estate? featuring Washington, DC- reporters Paul Farhi (The Washington Post), Evan McMorris-Santoro (Vice News) and John Walcott (Reuters), as well as Hannelore Veit (ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and Eric Frey (Der Standard) from Austria.
The Austrian Studies Association (ASA), presided by Professor Gregor Thuswaldner (North Park University), held its Annual Conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT from May 30 to June 1st, 2018. The conference, under the theme "Austria and the East," brought together scholars and graduate students from the United States, Canada, and Europe to present their latest research in areas ranging from history to literature and musicology.
On May 29, 2018, students from John Eaton Elementary School in Northwest Washington DC gave their final presentation about Austria, their adopted country. It showed off all their hard work and dedication (including a tasting of authentic Austrian apple strudel, a violin recital and a Viennese waltz dance performance.)
The GER Business Award is granted every year since 2008 to recognize entrepreneurial spirit of high school sophomores in Washington DC. This year’s winners Felicia Erb, Lea Kroemer, Sabina Maestle, and Kim Oltmanns were awarded for their company MBrace and its product, the safety bracelet BracHer. #TimesUp
On May 14, 2018, Ambassador Waldner presented the “Decoration of Merit in Gold” bestowed by the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen to Nora Pouillon, a natural foods pioneer and one of Washington, DC's most celebrated chefs. #TasteOfAustria
On May 12, 2018, the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC opened its doors to the public as part of the EU Embassies' Open House Day. Over 3,000 visistors dropped by to get a #TasteOfAustria.
On the occasion of the 2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group, Austrian Federal Minister of Finance, Hartwig Löger and the Austrian Central Bank Governor Ewald Nowotny visited Washington, DC for a series of meetings.
"Reconsider Austrian Wine. It' s not at all sweet. It’s not all whites, either. And there’s more than gruener veltliner." Meet the sommelier, who distributes selected wines from Austria in the United States, who distributes selected wines from Austria in the United States.
From April 9 to 12, 2018, Austria’s leading diplomat in the U.S. visited Chicago, in the midwestern state of Illinois. At City Hall, Ambassador Waldner received a warm reception by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. His visit to the "Windy City" also included a luncheon at the Chicago-office of the American Jewish Committee.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper discussed his new book, “The Hellfire Club” at the Austrian Embassy on April 25, 2018. The event was hosted by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, who welcomed Mr. Tapper within the framework of a luncheon and book talk.
On April 24, 2018, Markus Mueller, Rector of the Medical University of Vienna, bestowed an honorary doctorate on Austrian-American neuroscientist Dr. Eric Kandel. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the former President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, attended the ceremony in Vienna, Austria.
The Maryland Transportation Authority selects the Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom to deliver the next generation tolling solution. More on the $71.9 million project ... #AustrianInnovation
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the largest U.S. tech trade association, identified Austria as one of 13 countries earning the designation of 2018 International Innovation Champion.
After its successful launch at the end of February, the Austrian Lecture Series continued in March with several lectures and panel discussions.
On March 6, 2018, the second U.S.-Austrian Political-Military Talks were held in Washington, DC. The Austrian delegation was led by Major General Robert Brieger, Chief of Staff of the Ministry for Defense.
The Economics Section of the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, welcomed 80 Executive MBA Students for lectures on March 15, 2018. The students from SMBS - University of Salzburg Business School were in town as part of a study abroad module at Georgetown University.
The ninth edition of the Austrian Leadership Programs (ALPS) organized by the Austrian Foreign Ministry took place in Austria from March 11-16, 2018. 28 executives and opinion leaders from around the world – including one from the U.S. – were introduced to Austria’s industrial, economic and cultural assets, with a focus on the State of Vorarlberg.
On March 20, 2018, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner gave a lecture on the transatlantic relationship and its challenges for the European Union and the United States at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Austria’s leading diplomat in the U.S also provided an outlook for the upcoming Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Austrian Lecture Series is a speaker and discussion series jointly organized by the Embassy of Austria, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University's SAIS and other partners on the occasion of the 180th anniversary of U.S.-Austrian diplomatic relations, the Commemorative Year 2018 (including the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Austria), and the Austrian presidency of the European Union 2018.
From February 22 – 23, 2018, the Austrian Consul General in L.os Angeles, Andreas Launer, visited Honolulu to reopen the Austrian Honorary Consulate there.