Does ICES have a unified philosophy of the development and application of evidence-based ecosystem advice? What would this look like? How can data, models, stakeholder knowledge, societal insight and legal frameworks affect ecosystem management questions, policy and scientific advice? These are the broad, central questions in this session.
Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is a framework for organizing science in order to inform decision makers in marine Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) at multiple scales and across sectors. Within the ICES science and advice community, the work is dependent on networks and integration. However, there is not a clear fundamental understanding of how "integration" should proceed in the framework of IEAs. Multi-, cross-, inter,- and transdisciplinary work is often named, but what do these prefixes mean in practice for ICES Expert Groups and advice?This session will discuss leading scholars in philosophy of science, science and technology studies (STS) for new insights on how IEAs should work to meet the needs of credibility, legitimacy and saliency. We seek answers to several questions: