Innovation policies for space and oceans


Many science, R&D, innovation and economic projects are now linked to the exploration and exploitation of the oceans and the space environment. Within the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans (IPSO) Unit builds upon work of the former International Futures Programme (IFP).


With its project on the ocean economy and innovation, and via the OECD Space Forum, IPSO contributes to priorities of the OECD Committee on Science and Technology Policy (CSTP), particularly its activities on digitalisation of the economy and emerging technologies for addressing grand challenges.


Latest publications 

Ocean Economy to 2030

The Ocean Economy in 2030

This report explores the growth prospects for the ocean economy, its capacity for future employment creation and innovation, and its role in addressing global challenges. Special attention is devoted to the emerging ocean-based industries in light of their high growth and innovation potential, and contribution to addressing challenges such as energy security, environment, climate change and food security.

Space and Innovation

Space and Innovation

After decades of innovation, satellites now play a discrete but pivotal role in the efficient functioning of modern societies and their economic development. This publication provides the findings from a OECD Space Forum project on the state of innovation in the space sector.

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