Science Committee



SCICOMSCICOMTrueDavid ReidCommitteedavid.reid@ices.dkScience Committee

Providing a dynamic and credible marine science programme.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Science Committee (SCICOM) is our main scientific body in ICES. It oversees all our scientific work. It has three main roles:

  • to keep the science programme dynamic, internationally relevant, and impactful
  • to ensure seamless links between science, data, and advice
  • to engage with scientists in ICES member countries and beyond by planning an annual cycle of meetings and workshops as well as the Annual Science Conference

All our member countries have representatives on SCICOM​​. They are joined by representatives from other groups, including steering group Chairs. Each steering group addresses a broad and enduring area of science and advice and "parents" a number of expert groups.

Our steering g​roups are:

Some high priority, dynamic and topical science areas, often those involving collaboration outside our member countries, are developed and coordinated by specialist groups. These groups are currently focusing on climate change impacts on marine ecosystems, graduate education, and integration of early career scientists. ​

SCICOM members also include representatives of groups dealing with data and information, science impact and publication, and training.

Annual Science Conference and science symposia

​ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) is a landmark event for our community. During the conference hundreds of attendees will gather to present and discuss the latest marine science, develop new ideas, establish partnerships, formulate research projects and plan their future work. The scientific programme provides opportunities for everyone, from students and early career scientists through established leaders of large research institutes, to engage and contribute.

We also organize and support other international science symposia on high-profile topics in aquatic science.

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