The Science Committee (SCICOM) is the main scientific body of ICES and oversees work in all aspects of marine science including ocean dynamics, climate variability and change, ecology and ecosystem function, survey and sampling, integrated assessments and modeling, fisheries, aquaculture, and environmental science.
SCICOM ensures that the marine science programme supports the organization's Science Plan and broader goals. A number of structures are in place to help manage and deliver the scientific goals of ICES Strategic Plan 2014-2018.
There are four steering groups (SSGs) which manage the portfolios of our expert groups and deliver the science vision:
Strategic Initiatives introduce innovative and interdisciplinary thinking to ICES, on topics that are cross-cutting and requiring additional partners outside the ICES constituency.
SCICOM operational groups develop policies, publications, and programmes as driven by the scientific needs of the organization.
SCICOM consists of one representative from each ICES member country as well as an alternate nominated by the national delegate.
SCICOM meeting in Riga, Lativa in September 2016