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Report of the Science Committee (SCICOM), September 2022

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The autumn meeting of the Science Committee (SCICOM) was a two-day hybrid meeting, following the Annual Science Conference in Dublin. It covered reporting from all subsidiary bodies of SCICOM, the Steering Groups, Operational Groups and Strategic Initiatives, an update from Advice and an update from Secretariat.
The PICES Science Board Chair presented on PICES science in 2022 showcasing the strong cooperation with ICES and joint activities, increasingly also in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
The SCICOM Chair presented the status of the implementation of the Science Plan and initiated a discussion and process to evaluate the Science Plan.
The Conference Coordinator provided a brief summary of the ASC 2022. The Conference was held in a hybrid format to allow in person and remote participation. An evaluation survey has been sent out to participants, but initial feedback, including from the Committee, showed the need for adaptation, and SCICOM established a Subgroup on the format of the ASC to support planning for the ASC in 2023 and beyond.
The ASC 2023 will be held in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain from 11 to 14 September. The ASC group presented their recommendation of theme sessions based on the initial ranking by SCICOM on the received proposals. There will be 17 theme sessions and 5 network sessions.
A joint session with ACOM covered the topic on integrated monitoring and the Gender Equality plan, including a wider discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Integrated monitoring is seen as core area, covering also cooperation with other organisations with activities on it including a dialogue with OSPAR on a potential advice request and the ICES Pilot Workshop on regionalization of fisheries surveys in the North Sea (WKPILOT-NS). ACOM and SCICOM acknowledged the importance of creating a more inclusive working culture, and supported the Gender Equality plan be submitted to Council for approval. The discussion also recommended actions in relation to prompt conscious inclusion in nominations into groups, taking measures at the ASC, including invited panels and speakers.
The Editor-in-Chief gave a brief overview on recent developments of the ICES Journal of Marine Science, including the introduction of new article types and the journal becoming a full open access journal from 1 January 2023 onwards. The move to open access will not affect the editorial policy. The newest addition to the article types is “Rising tides – voices from the new generation of marine scientists”, giving Early Career Scientists the opportunity to publish about their career in science as it happens.
The discussion on national activities identified areas of common interest, including the use of autonomous vehicles in monitoring, coastal monitoring, multi-use of marine space and offshore wind. The offshore wind topic has been identified as critically important and activities with the relevant groups are under discussion.


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