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Resolutions lay the foundation for the work of our expert groups.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our expert groups work throughout the year and normally meet annually or bi-annually to address their assigned Terms of Reference (ToRs), which give the workplan for each group. The ToRs are outlined in our Resolutions, which are agreed by ICES Council, the Advisory Committee (ACOM), and the Science Committee (SCICOM) respectively.

There are four categories of resolutions:

  • Category 1- ICES Internal Publications

  • Category 2- Expert Groups

    • 2.1- Expert Group Meeting

    • 2.2- Establish a New Expert Group

    • 2.3-Multi-Annual Terms of Reference for Science Expert Groups

  • Category 3- ICES Sponsored Symposium

  • Category 4- Secretariat Action

Resolutions are​​​​​ submitted for approval by the relevant body: ACOM, SCICOM, or the Council. Examples and guidelines for formulating draft resolutions are described in the Guidelines for ICES Groups.

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