* 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.