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Expert Groups

ICES co-ordinates the work of around 150 expert groups that generate scientific knowledge and conduct the analyses that underpin ICES advice.

​​Expert groups are groups of scientists who work together to advance scientific understanding and management of marine systems. They achieve this by tackling fundamental and applied scientific questions and developing analyses that underpin state-of-the-art advice on meeting conservation, management and sustainability goals.

Each expert group has terms of reference which define the scientific questions to be tackled. Questions are generated through bottom-up and top-down processes, including innovation by our scientists and the wider marine science community, ICES strategic and science priorities and requests for advice. To ensure the work of expert groups is well co-ordinated the expert groups are guided by six steering groups and all terms of reference are reviewed and signed off by the science and advisory committees​.

Topics addressed by expert groups span all the ICES science priorities:

  • Ecosystem science
  • Impacts of human activities
  • Observation and exploration
  • Emerging techniques and technologies
  • Seafood production
  • Conservation and management science
  • Sea and society
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​Chairs of our expert groups in a group photo during their annual meeting in January 2019.

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