The standout contributors were formally recognized and presented with the awards by chair of ICES Science Committee (SICICOM) Yvonne Walther as the final act of the week-long conference at the city's DGI Byen Conference Centre.
Georg Engelhard, senior scientist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Lowestoft, UK was presented with the Best Presentation Award for his study entitled 'The large fish indicator is responsive to trawling pressure, and to reductions thereof'.
Maria Rita Rico from the National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development in Buenos Aires, Argentina received the Best Poster Award for her poster 'Abundance index estimation from survey data as a reliable alternative in a mixed and multi-fleet fishery: Application to Percophis brasiliensis off Southwest Atlantic Ocean (34°S–39°S)'.
Three awards were presented to the valuable contributions made by early career scientists at the conference. The best early career scientist presentation awards were given to Jennifer Wong-Ala for her talk 'The influence of life history variability on population connectivity: Development and application of a trait-based biophysical model of individuals' and Klas Möller for his presentation 'Small-scale distribution of plankton and marine snow in the North Atlantic'.
The best early career scientist poster was awarded to Julia Hoffmann for her presentation of 'Political Overfishing – Socio-economic drivers in TAC setting decisions'.
These awards were each accompanied by €1000 to assist the winners in attending further ICES meetings or workshops.
The ASC saw over 700 participants from multiple disciplines and sectors gather throughout the week to discuss and engage in the latest thought-provoking marine research, spread out across 19 theme sessions covering a wide range of topics including small-scale data-limited fisheries, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), and science-industry partnerships.
Best Presentation Award winner Georg Engelhard with ICES Science Committee (SCICOM) chair Yvonne Walther.