What we do


ICES is committed to providing sound and leading science to underpin the best advice and solutions for the sustainable use of our oceans.

Our work is centered on the North Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, and the Baltic Sea, and is carried out through the laboratories and institutes of our 20 Member Countries.

The cornerstone of our science is provided by over 100 science working groups and workshops, which bring together an estimated 4000 researchers from across 45 countries and over 350 marine institutions. Their work is overseen by ICES Science Committee (SCICOM) and SCICOM Steering Groups.

Annual Science Conference

ICES Annual Science Conference (ASC) is a landmark event for our community. The week-long conference sees hundreds of attendees gather to meet and to evaluate scientific progress, develop new ideas, establish partnerships, and plan future work on a wide variety of topics. Dozens of theme sessions provide opportunities for seasoned as well as early career scientists to present their work.

The ASC also provides a venue for official and unofficial meetings between ICES partners and collaborators, and this combination of events has made the event a must for scientists, policy-makers, science managers, and communicators wishing to learn about and help influence marine science.

Science Symposia

Science symposia are organized on topics that are fundamental to our scientific activities, including:

  • understanding the physical, chemical, and biological functioning of marine ecosystems;
  • understanding and quantifying human impacts on marine ecosystems and resources;
  • evaluating options for sustainable marine-related industries, particularly fishing and mariculture.

Symposia are an important part of the ICES work programme, not least because they foster the broadening and diversification of scientists who participate in our activities.

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