* The OECD became an Observer to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) that will hold its GEO-XIII Ministerial in Saint Petersburg, on Nov. 9-10, 2016.
* The OECD Space Forum held on 27 October 2016 an international symposium on Innovation and the Space Sector, which assembled some +150 participants from 26 countries. The new OECD report Space and Innovation was launched during the event, with an introduction by OECD Deputy Secretary General Doug Frantz, and keynotes and speeches from heads of space agencies, CEOs, and directors from public and private organisations. The symposium was held back to back with the annual meeting of the OECD Space Forum Steering Group, which discussed the workplan for 2017 after reviewing the activities of a busy 2016.
* The OECD Space Forum organised on 9/10 June a workshop on Innovation and Downstream Space Activities, in cooperation with the European Space Agency at the agency's ECSAT Center in Harwell, UK. The event gathered some 80 participants from agencies, ministries, industry (including SMEs and startups) and industry associations, with discussions on new services and products, the big data paradigm, economic models and policy support for innovation specifically in dowstream activities.
* The OECD Space Forum and UKSA organised an original workshop on Innovation and Low Cost Access to Space on May 12-13, 2016 in OECD. The event assembled some 80 participants from North America, Asia and Europe, to discuss the changing paradigm and innovation trends in space access (space transportation systems, in-orbit systems like small satellite), new production and organisational processes being set up around the world, new economic drivers like constellations, and needed policy mix to manage and sustain innovation.
* The OECD Space Forum held a ground-breaking workshop on the value of geospatial information on March 10-11th, in cooperation with the GeoValue community with NASA and USGS. Some 80 experts assembled to share methodologies, case studies and best practices in OECD.
* The IAF Space Economy Technical Committee met at the International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, on Oct. 12th 2015, with a dedicated economic session “E 3.3 The space economy: what are the socio-economic impacts?” with 12 papers, held on Oct. 14th.
* The OECD Space Forum hosted its annual Steering Group meeting on Oct. 9th. It was preceded by an expert meeting of the Coordination Group on Meteorological Satellite’s tiger team on socio-economic benefits hosted for the first time by the OECD, on the 7th and by a OECD workshop on “Institutional support for space programme: practices around the world”, on the 8th.
* The OECD Space Forum has contributed a presentation on innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector at the IAF Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC 2015), held in Munich, 23-24 June 2015.
* Two ground-breaking OECD workshops on space activities’ taxonomy and the value chains of earth observation were held on 21 and 22 May, hosted respectively by ESA and by CNES in Paris. The findings will be feeding into the future revised OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy. Some twenty countries were represented at both events and the consultation process with the space community and beyond continues.
* The OECD Space Forum was invited to present recent findings on global value chains in the space sector at the 31st Space Symposium, held at Colorado Springs, USA, in April 2015.
* The IAF Space Economy Technical Committee met on 24 March in Paris and discussed industrial surveys and new activities. A dozen excellent papers were also selected for the forthcoming annual economic session to be held at the International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, in October 2015.