The Science Committee (SCICOM) is our main scientific body in ICES. It oversees all our scientific work. It has three main roles:
All our member countries have representatives on SCICOM. They are joined by representatives from other groups, including Chairs of five Steering Groups. Each Steering Group addresses a broad and enduring area of science and advice and 'parents' to a number of Expert Groups.
Our Steering Groups are:
Some high priority, dynamic and topical science areas, often those involving collaboration outside our member countries, are developed and co-ordinated by specialist groups. These groups are currently focusing on climate change impacts on marine ecosystems and links between society and the sea.
SCICOM members also include representatives of groups dealing with data and information, science impact and publication, and training.
Annual Science Conference and science symposia
The ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) is a landmark event for our community. During the conference hundreds of attendees will gather to present and discuss the latest marine science, develop new ideas, establish partnerships, formulate research projects and plan their future work. The scientific programme provides opportunities for everyone, from students and early career scientists through established leaders of large research institutes, to engage and contribute.
We also organize and support other international science symposia on high-profile topics in aquatic science.
SCICOM at mid-term meeting in Copenhagen, March 2017.