Call for Applications for membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)

Call for Applications for membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)

Call for Applications for membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)


By decision of 2005/629/EC, the Commission has set up the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (hereinafter STECF). The tasks of this Committee of highly qualified scientific experts is to advise the Commission on matters pertaining to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations.

Members of the STECF are required to contribute to the overall work programme of the STECF and to participate in plenary meetings and relevant Expert Working Groups as appropriate. The European Commission may also request committee members to represent STECF in stakeholder meetings, such as meetings of the Advisory Councils, Regional Member State fora, working groups and workshops of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and of Sea Conventions.

The Commission is therefore calling for applications with a view to appoint experts for STECF membership.

The Committee shall consist of a minimum 30 and maximum of 35 members appointed on a personal capacity, in accordance with Article 4 of the above Decision. A STECF reserve list will be established according to Article 4 of the above Decision.

The Commission shall select members in a personal capacity for a three year renewable mandate. Members shall give the Commission an independent opinion free from outside influence and shall respect the conditions of confidentiality mentioned in Article 14 of the Commission Decision establishing the STECF. Members shall commit to act independently and in the public interest.

Selection criteria

The Commission will take the following criteria into account when assessing applications:

1. proven competence and experience, including at European and/or international level, in the following areas:

  • assessment of stock status
  • fisheries knowledge
  • fishing fleets dynamics
  • fish population dynamics
  • fisheries dynamics
  • technical measures
  • scientific data collection in support of CFP
  • management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
  • evaluation and assessment of (multi-annual) management plans
  • fishery economics and economic analysis of the fishing sector
  • socioeconomics
  • control and enforcement in relation to implementation of conservation measures
  • aquaculture

Candidates should possess either:

  • at least a university degree, followed by a research degree and at least 5 additional years relevant professional work experience
  • at least a university degree and at least ten years relevant professional work experience

2.  the need to strike a balance within the group of experts in terms of expertise, gender and geographical origin:

The Commission will assess applications by taking into account the need for a broad coverage of topics concerning fisheries located either in European Union waters or in waters where vessels of EU Member States are fishing. In addition, the Commission will strive for a membership comprising experts from disciplines that reflect the diversity of scientific issues and approaches related to fisheries science and aquaculture within the European Union and a balanced gender and geographical origin  from among the proposals received.

3.  proficiency in English, which is customary in the sphere of fisheries science and aquaculture, to a level that allows the scientific expert to participate in discussions and draft reports in that language. Knowledge of a second language or more languages is considered as an asset.


Travel and subsistence expenses incurred by participants in the activities of the group shall be reimbursed by the Commission and members shall be entitled to compensation in accordance with the provisions in force at the Commission within the limits of the available budgetary appropriations.

Application procedure

Applications must be completed in English, clearly indicating the applicant’s nationality and including the necessary documentation. All applicants must document their professional experience and expertise in full by means of:

  • a curriculum vitae summarizing the academic and publication record as well as professional experience (All curricula vitae should be submitted in the European format);
  • any additional information to assist the Commission in assessing the suitability of the candidate
  • a letter of motivation in support of their application; and
  • matrix filled in for the expert's fields of expertise and geographical coverage of the field

The duly signed applications must be sent by 15 December 2014 at the latest to the following e-mail address:

The date of the application will be the date of sending the e-mail. For any further information please contact the address above.

The list of members of the STECF as well as the reserve list shall be published in the Register of expert groups. (Members who do not wish to have their names disclosed may apply for derogation from this rule. The request not to disclose the name of a member of an expert group shall be considered justified whenever publication could endanger his or her security or integrity or unduly prejudice his or her privacy.) It will be also published on the Fisheries website and in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Personal data will be collected, processed and published in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.

More information about the STECF

 Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) - JRC website

Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) - Fisheries website