All ICM’s activities are structured around three pillars: research strategy, scientific support services and communication and outreach. The work in each area is done within a specific committee, each steered by one of ICM’s deputy directors.
Boards, commissions and committees
Defines and implements an institutional scientific strategy aimed at enhancing the centre’s research capabilities, hence creating the critical mass needed to participate in highly competitive calls that would provide specific institutional funding. The working group meets regularly, at least once a month, to discuss and develop strategic recommendations, acting as a consultative body to the Directorate on all topics related to research. The group is composed by two researchers from each department, acting under the coordination of the research deputy director.
Structures and adapts the services of the centre to its strategic plan, taking into account the needs of the research groups and making them attractive to public and private organizations. Internally, the objective is to update the portfolio of services, integrating them within a comprehensive and efficient structure that has clear and informative websites. This working group is coordinated by the corresponding deputy director, and includes technicians from all services and representatives from all four departments.
This committee designs the centre’s strategies to promote ocean literacy, reaching local and international fora. This includes, among others, explaining the consequences of anthropogenic impacts on the oceans and responding to the demands for dissemination and communication of the results of research projects. This committee also promotes educational projects towards primary and secondary students. The committee is organized by the deputy director of Marine Science Literacy, with the participation of voluntary staff members and the personnel working in the outreach and communication office.