* On 4-6 April 2017, the OECD Ocean Economy Group visited the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton to discuss with scientists and engineers the innovative and transformative marine technologies that could / will be supporting the ocean economy. With its impressive scientific and R&D facilities, NOC was the host of the Ocean Business 2017 event. There were 340 international exhibitors onsite, manufacturers, service providers as well as start-ups in the maritime industry sector, with many parallel conferences and practical workshop sessions.
* On 15-16 February 2017, the OECD contributed to the United Nations' Preparatory Meeting for the Ocean Conference to be held next June in New York. Different strands of OECD activities on the seas and ocean were presented during a side event, including the ongoing work on Innovation and the Ocean Economy.
* On 14 February 2017, the OECD Ocean Economy Group provided a keynote at the Oceanology International North America Conference, in San Diego. This is one of the largest marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference in North America.
* On 8-9 December 2016, the OECD held in Paris two important meetings: Its first expert Workshop on Fostering Innovation in the Ocean Economy (8-9 December) and the first Steering Board Meeting of the Innovation and the Ocean Economy Project (9 December). The purpose of the workshop was to provide an overview of the state of play in innovation in the ocean economy and firm up the key themes to be analysed in the next two year period. The workshop brought together 35 participants from government agencies, research institutes, industry and international organisations, representing 14 countries (Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA). The Steering Board reviewed and approved the proposed work plan, and the project was formally launched.
* On 27-28 June 2016, the OECD IPSO Unit co-hosted a Workshop on the Economic Potential of Data from Ocean Observatories, in Kiel, Germany, with the AtlantOS Project. Ocean observatories play a crucial role in our understanding of the oceans and beyond, but their impacts in our societies and the wider economy is still questioned, at a time when policy-makers need ever more evidence-based information to guide their priorities-setting. In this context, the workshop had two main objectives: review the state of evaluation and socio-economic impact assessment of ocean observations, and discuss a potential framework for improving the common international knowledge base. As a result, a dedicated OECD ocean economy activity coud be included in the 2017-18 programme of work, in cooperation with the ocean community.
* On 27-28 April 2016, the OECD IPSO Unit organised a major Ocean Economy Symposium in Seoul, co-hosted by the Korean Ministry of Fisheries and KMI to launch the OECD flagship publication The Ocean Economy in 2030. Around 100 people were in attendance, with 25 invited international experts giving presentations. Several high-level Korean personalities gave keynotes: Mr. Young-jin Yeon, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries; Mr. Sung Gwi Kim, President, Korea Maritime Institute and Mr. Jin-soo Lim, Vice President, Korea Maritime Institute.