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OU leads Europlanet 2020

Just weeks after the OU launched Space Science as one of its research priority areas, it has been appointed as the lead on Europlanet 2020, a ground-breaking €9.9 million pan-European project to help space science institutions across the continent share their facilities and expertise. Link to media release...

International Development

International Development research at the OU is pioneering a different approach which we call ‘inclusive innovation’. We are working with poor and marginalised people developing their own solutions.

Find out more about the OU's international development research


The Open University is the European leader for massive innovations in learning technologies which have worldwide influence and deliver digital education at scale.

Find out more about our pioneering research in Education

Postgraduate research students

The OU has a vibrant international community of research students working in state-of-the-art facilities with academics who are leading experts in their disciplines.

Browse our winning postgraduate posters

Open Research Online database

OU research is available to all via our free public access online repository, home to thousands of peer-reviewed publications.

Read about building an explorers' base on the moon using 3D printing


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