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Call for abstracts open for ASC 2018
The Call for abstracts is now open for the ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC), which takes place 24–27 September in Hamburg, Germany. Deadline for submissions is 19 March.
Join the first ICES hackathon
Participants are invited to the data hackathon in Copenhagen this May.
Introducing our new Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee
Colm Lordan from the Marine Institute in Ireland has been appointed as the Vice-Chair of the ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM) for the next three years. We had a chat with him about his background in ICES and expectations for the new challenges ahead.
Machine learning workshop looking for participants
Workshop on Uses of Machine Learning in Marine Science (WKMLEARN) will take place 16-20 April at our Secretariat in Copenhagen.
Building Blue Bridges
As the EU’s virtual research environment project BlueBRIDGE enters its final year, the infrastructure has already been widely used by ICES to train a number of students in a variety of scientific topics.
Gaining insight into advice
Observers met at the ICES Secretariat 18-20 January to learn about inner workings of the advisory process.
Age reading just got smarter
The new SmartDots tool aims at making the process of reading fish age smoother.
Combining indigenous and scientific knowledge in Arctic assessments
Our first feature of the year looks at the inclusion of indigenous peoples' knowledge in integrated ecosystem assessments in the changing Arctic region.
Nominate your colleague for the Outstanding Achievement Award
The call for nominations for the ICES Outstanding Achievement Award is now open. Deadline for submissions is 1 May 2018.
Barents capelin bounce back – and other highlights
The Working Group on the Integrated Assessments of the Barents Sea (WGIBAR) present some findings from its fifth annual meeting, including on some prey and predator species.
Forecasting group seeking members
Interested in predicting marine ecosystems? Join WGS2D! ICES working group producing forecasts of life in the ocean is looking for both new members and case studies.
Editor's Choice – Caution when using efficient algorithms
A selected Editor's Choice paper from ICES Journal of Marine Science (IJMS) is now available. Read about inconsistency in assessment model results and why caution is needed even with high accuracy in parameter estimation.
In a first for ICES, a recent workshop explored a rapidly emerging area of science and technology: machine learning.
Ocean climate highlights
Several key trends across the North Atlantic identified by the Working Group on Ocean Hydrography (WGOH) at its yearly meeting – both ocean conditions in 2017 and atmospheric conditions over the winter of 2016/2017.
Managing deep-sea ecosystems
Our latest expert feature dives into the area of deep-sea ecosystems and considers challenges and opportunities in research and management at the scale of ocean basins.
All systems go for assessment framework
Transparent Assessment Framework (TAF) system being introduced to stock assessment groups.
Call for session proposals for ICES ASC 2019
Submit a theme or network session proposal for next year's Annual Science Conference (ASC). Deadline for submissions: 2 September 2018
Advice explainer: ecological and environmental effects of pulse trawling
We explore some of the key points in the advice published today on the impact of electric pulse trawls compared to traditional beam trawls in the exploitation of North Sea sole.
Social systems and ecosystem services databases launched
Share research with new databases on human interactions with the ocean and cultural marine and coastal ecosystem services.
Future data challenges - and opportunities
The Data and Information Group (DIG) held its annual meeting at ICES Headquarters this week.
First hackathon takes place at ICES
First ever ICES hackathon event saw teams collaborate to develop and pitch ideas for visualizing and integrating data.
A global perspective on fishing technology
Over 100 participants from 22 countries joined the recent Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour (WGFTFB) in one of ICES largest ever meetings.
A year in review
ICES Annual Report 2017 now published.
At the forefront of fisheries acoustics
Feature article explores the subject of fisheries acoustics, looking at the latest research and technology used for monitoring marine ecosystems. This is the focus of the Working Group on Fisheries Acoustics Science and Technology, active since 1984.
Advice explainer - fishing footprint and vulnerable marine ecosystems
We explore some of the key points in the advice published today on mapping the fishing footprint in relation to locations of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in the deeper waters of the northeast Atlantic.
Call for workshop participants to find solutions to reductions of survey effort
Survey and stock assessment scientists are invited to participate in a workshop investigating challenges and responses to reductions of survey effort.
Editor's Choice – Managing fisheries with a ruler
A selected Editor's Choice paper from ICES Journal of Marine Science (IJMS) is now available. Read about a new method for estimating stock status from data on fish length.
Analysing marine legislation
Cooperative Research Report (CRR) shows how bowtie analysis can be used to look at management of pressures on marine ecosystems in light of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).
Working for the present and future of aquaculture
Two new expert groups will focus on planning for aquaculture and interactions between the practice and the environment.
Calling participants for data and survey workshops
Two workshops will look into improving fisheries data collection and survey information.
Chair change for advice committee
Mark Dickey-Collas appointed as new chair of ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM) for three-year term.
Lights, camera, interaction
Some exciting new additions to the line-up of the upcoming Annual Science Conference (ASC), taking place at the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Seeing and believing: transparency and openness at work
The latest feature looks at openness and transparency surrounding data, and the challenges ahead for ICES.
Saluting a stand-out scientist
Mike Armstrong honoured with Outstanding Achievement Award at ICES Annual Science Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
An integrated view on regime shifts
Christian Möllmann and Martin Quaas got ICES 2018 Annual Science Conference underway with opening keynote talk on alternative way of looking at regime shifts.
Unexpected outcomes and unpredictable people
In second ASC keynote, social scientist Ingrid van Putten reveals how fisher behaviour can lead to unforeseen outcomes and how we can tap into human psychology around decision-making to help anticipate these.
Joining the dots on deep-sea systems
J Murray Roberts takes us on a journey into the deep Atlantic in final ASC keynote, revealing findings from the ocean basin and stressing the importance of international cooperation in this lesser-known marine area.
Scientists rewarded at the ICES Annual Science Conference
A number of merit and service awards were presented at the 2018 Annual Science Conference (ASC) in Hamburg, Germany.
Call for workshop participants
A workshop to analyse trawl data and develop a new marine indicator
Distinguished marine scientists tell their stories
Careers and insights of senior marine scientists presented in special series of ICES Journal of Marine Science ‘Food for Thought’ articles.
New research reports in library
Two new Cooperative Research Reports (CRRs) published on salmon tag recoveries and acoustic target classification.
In memoriam - Georgs Kornilovs
We are deeply saddened to inform about the passing of our colleague and good friend Georgs Kornilovs
ICES becomes an observer to the United Nations General Assembly
The Sixth (Legal) Committee of the UN General Assembly granted observer status to ICES in their meeting this Thursday.
Advancing the uptake of science into advice
Recent workshop looked into how ICES science can better feed into advice.
New fisheries overviews published for the Celtic Seas, Greater North Sea, and the Baltic Sea
The new Celtic Sea overview expands the mixed fisheries information which allows decision makers to compare the consequences of choices on quotas across fish stocks.
Strengthening ICES: the first BICEpS Colloquium
ICES Belgian community gathers to share ideas and support collaboration.
Calling for workshop participants
Contribute to the development of methods to undertake acoustic measurements and biological sampling of animals within the mesopelagic zone.
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