The Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and the Austrian Embassy cordially invite you to
The concept of neutrality and East-Central Europe
On February 4, 2018, Doppelmayr opened the world’s longest ropeway. With a length of 7,899.9 meters, the Hòn Thơm 3S beats the record previously held by another 3S lift in Vietnam, the Fansipan Legend, by almost one and one-half kilometers. The route of the new tricable gondola lift crosses the sea and connects the vacation islands Phú Quốc and Hòn Thơm in the south of Vietnam.
From January 26 to 28, 2018, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner visited Philadelphia, one of the historically most significant cities in the United States.
Arnold Schwarzenegger met Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on January 24, 2018 in Vienna to discuss the upcoming, second R20 Austrian World Summit, scheduled to take place on May 15, 2018 in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace.
Recommended: International conference "An End to anti-Semitism" from February 18-22 in Vienna, Austria
TSA – Traktionssysteme Austria – received a prestigious commission to develop and produce drive motors for Caltrain’s high-speed rail project in Silicon Valley. The trains are scheduled to run by the end of 2019 from San Francisco through Silicon Valley to San Jose, thereby connecting technology centers like Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
"Our responsibility is an honest and pro-active reflection on Austria's history," remarked Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the National Council (the Speaker of the Austrian House of Representatives) in his speech at the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration at the Austrian Parliament on January 25, 2018.
International Accolade for Austrian Diplomats
In a worldwide vote organised by the “Arms Control” journal, Austria’s disarmament delegation has been awarded the accolade of "2017 Arms Control Person(s) of the Year".
On December 6, 2017, our Embassy brought the wonder of "Saint Nicholas" (the "real Santa Claus") to our adopted class at John Eaton Elementary School in northwest Washington DC. The gifts
During his recent trip to Minnesota, Ambassador Waldner payed a visit the the U.S. headquarters of Rosenbauer in Wyoming, MN with Austrian Honorary Consul Dr. Kurt Witte.
The Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota celebrates 40 years in 2017. Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner was among the congratulants at the celebrations in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He also attended the Center’s annual Kann Memorial Lecture.
On Saturday, December 30, 2017, celebrate the arrival of 2018 in style with Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert at the Music Center at Strathmore, MD. Get tickets while you can!
During the 16 days of activism, we add orange to our business attire to end violence against women. #orangetheworld
On November 17, 2017, Wolfgang Reichenberger was officially inaugurated as Austrian Honorary Consul to the Bahamas by Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner. The inauguration ceremony in Nassau was attended by Brent Symonette, Bahamian Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration, other dignitaries, including representatives of the diplomatic and business community.
From November 19-21, 2017, the Willard Hotel’s most prominent guests were two turkeys from Minnesota, named Wishbone and Drumstick (a.k.a. this year's Presidential Turkeys). Markus Platzer, the Austrian General Manager of the historic hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, was the first to welcome them as they checked in on Sunday. Hours before being pardoned, they received a surprise visit by Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner.
The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies (Center Austria) at the University of New Orleans (UNO) celebrates 20 years in 2017. On the occasion, dignitaries, alumni and friends of the Center gathered in New Orleans on October 11, 2017 for a festive celebration.
On October 7, 2017, the Austrian Research and Innovation Talk (ARIT) brought together over 130 scientists and policy makers from both the United States and Austria in Austin, Texas. The annual three-day conference, now in its 14th year, is organized by the OSTA Washington. The ARIT is the most important Austrian science & innovation gathering in North America.
From October 29 to 31, 2017, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner visited the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Bloomington in Minnesota. This region along the banks of the Mississippi River has served as the cultural, commercial, educational, and healthcare center of the state in the northern Midwest of the US.
On October 25, 2017, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner and his wife Gudrun Faudon-Waldner welcomed more than 600 guests at the Embassy on the occasion of Austria’s National Day.