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Expert Groups

ICES has almost 150 expert groups and workshops that address the many diverse issues of the marine ecosystem.

The core of ICES work is accomplished through our expert groups and workshops, which tackle a broad spectrum of marine science topics such as:

  • Ocean dynamics – from hydrology to operational oceanography;
  • Climate variability and change – including the individual, population and ecosystem responses to change;
  • Ecology and Ecosystem function– from phytoplankton to mammals;
  • Survey and Sampling – from bottom trawls to video surveys and new sampling technologies;
  • Integrated assessment and modelling – linking physics and ecology across regional seas;
  • Fishery, aquaculture and environmental science – from multispecies assessments to contaminants and their effects, from genetics and their application in management to the sustainability of mariculture.

Expert group members work throughout the year and normally meet with their respective groups annually or bi-annually to work through a series of assigned tasks – known as Terms of Reference (ToRs). The ToRs are assigned by each group's parent committee, either the Advisory Committee (ACOM) and/or Science Committee (SCICOM).

Expert group and workshop participants are nominated by national delegates, or invited by the Chair.  Workshops are also open to stakeholder participation.

ICES products such as Cooperative Research Reports (CRRs) and advice are based on the work of the scientists that belong to our network.​

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