ICES launches new Strategic Plan

ICES Strategic Plan focuses on advancing ecosystem understanding, gathering essential data to create knowledge for science and advice, and providing evidence for decision-making.
Renewing ICES commitment to being a world leading marine science organization, ICES President Fritz Köster has launched the new ICES Strategic Plan.


At the heart of the Strategic Plan is a commitment to facilitate science for sustainable seas. This also means developing and implementing innovative technologies to collect, process, and manage essential data so that relevant knowledge can be generated and transferred to our advice process, ultimately providing evidence that informs responsible decision-making.

Strengthening partnerships: Cooperation is also central to this plan. ICES has long facilitated scientific collaborations through our international network and we continue to contribute to the global ocean agenda through our work methods, approaches, scientific standards and methods, data policy, and operational data products.


Science priorities: Alongside the Strategic Plan, the new ICES Science Plan “Marine ecosystem and sustainability science for the 2020s and beyond" was also launched. This defines ICES scientific priorities and a pathway to achieve them. By implementing the science plan, ICES seeks to generate marine science with a high and beneficial impact on society, supporting the vision and mission of ICES and the commitments in the Strategic Plan.

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The ICES Strategic Plan published 09 January 2019 can be found at