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Why join us

We welcome new members to our network of nearly 6000 scientists working together for the common goal of sustainable use of our seas and oceans. We are open to new ideas and approaches, which will help us to strengthen our science and advice.

​​​​​​​​What are the benefits of joining our international network of experts? The main benefits come from the opportunities they provide to strengthen your science, develop your networks, increase the impact of your work and learn new skills.

Strengthening your science

Expert groups help you to develop scientific ideas, learn new methods and approaches, and provide international review and scrutiny of your science and understand state-of-the-art in many areas of marine science. 

Developing your networks

Being part of ICES, you connect to a broad marine science community spanning 20 member countries and beyond.​ Expert groups working in your areas of interest help you to build an international network of collaborators, which will often simplify the development of future projects and funding proposals as well as provide​ career opportunities.  

Learning new skills

Expert groups provide many opportunities to exchange ideas and skills with a diverse international group. You get to present, develop and defend scientific work in a collaborative, respectful and rewarding working environment, and to understand the wider significance of any step in knowledge development.

Increasing your impact

One of ICES main roles is to provide advice on meeting conservation, management and sustainability goals. The national and international recipients of this advice often have direct responsibility for management of human uses of the seas and oceans. Expert groups provide the science on which this advice is based, so the science done in your expert group can have substantial societal impact.

Publishing your science

Expert group members often publish together. Outputs include reports co-authored by group participants and published in the “ICES Scientific Reports" series, as well as peer reviewed papers, ICES Co-operative Research Reports or technical publications.

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