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The ESAIC is dedicated to supporting professionals in anaesthesiology and intensive care by serving as the hub for development and dissemination of valuable educational, scientific, research, and networking resources.



The ESAIC hosts the Euroanaesthesia and Focus Meeting congresses that serve as platforms for cutting-edge science and innovation in the field. These events bring together experts, foster networking, and facilitate knowledge exchange in anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management, and perioperative medicine. Euroanaesthesia is one of the world’s largest and most influential scientific congresses for anaesthesia professionals. Held annually throughout Europe, our congress is a contemporary event geared towards education, knowledge exchange and innovation in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine, as well as a platform for immense international visibility for scientific research.


Professional Growth

The ESAIC's mission is to foster and provide exceptional training and educational opportunities. The ESAIC ensures the provision of robust and standardised examination and certification systems to support the professional development of anaesthesiologists and to ensure outstanding future doctors in the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care.



The ESAIC aims to advance patient outcomes and contribute to the progress of anaesthesiology and intensive care evidence-based practice through research. The ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN), the Academic Contract Research Organisation (A-CRO), the Research Groups and Grants all contribute to the knowledge and clinical advances in the peri-operative setting.

Learn more about the ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN) and the associated studies.


EU Projects

The ESAIC is actively involved as a consortium member in numerous EU funded projects. Together with healthcare leaders and practitioners, the ESAIC's involvement as an EU project partner is another way that it is improving patient outcomes and ensuring the best care for every patient.


Patient Safety

The ESAIC aims to promote the professional role of anaesthesiologists and intensive care physicians and enhance perioperative patient outcomes by focusing on quality of care and patient safety strategies. The Society is committed to implementing the Helsinki Declaration and leading patient safety projects.



To ESAIC is committed to implementing the Glasgow Declaration and drive initiatives towards greater environmental sustainability across anaesthesiology and intensive care in Europe.



The ESAIC works in collaboration with industry, national societies, and specialist societies to promote advancements in anaesthesia and intensive care. The Industry Partnership offers visibility and engagement opportunities for industry participants with ESAIC members, facilitating understanding of specific needs in anaesthesiology and in intensive care. This partnership provides resources for education and avenues for collaborative projects enhancing science, education, and patient safety. The Specialist Societies contribute to high-quality educational opportunities for European anaesthesiologists and intensivists, fostering discussion and sharing, while the National Societies, through NASC, maintain standards, promote events and courses, and facilitate connections. All partnerships collectively drive dialogue, learning, and growth in the anaesthesiology and intensive care sector.



Guidelines play a crucial role in delivering evidence-based recommendations to healthcare professionals. Within the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care, guidelines are instrumental in standardizing clinical practices and enhancing patient outcomes. For many years, the ESAIC has served as a pivotal platform for facilitating continuous advancements, improving care standards and harmonising clinical management practices across Europe.



With over 40 years of publication history, the EJA (European Journal of Anaesthesiology) has established itself as a highly respected and influential journal in its field. It covers a wide range of topics related to anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine, including perioperative medicine, pain management, critical care, resuscitation, and patient safety.



Becoming a member of ESAIC implies becoming a part of a vibrant community of nearly 8,000 professionals who exchange best practices and stay updated on the latest developments in anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine. ESAIC membership equips you with the tools and resources necessary to enhance your daily professional routine, nurture your career growth, and play an active role in advancing anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine.

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Honorary members

Honorary members are distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care.

Alan Aitkenhead (United Kingdom)Kai Zacharowski (Germany)
Alain d’Hollander (Switzerland)Karl-Heinz Weis (Germany)
Andreas Hoeft (Germany) ObiitMagna Andreen Sachs (Sweden)
Bernard Gribomont (Belgium)Marc Gheeraert (Belgium)
Carmen Gomar (Spain)Martin Tramèr (Switzerland)
Daniel Arnal (Spain)Maurice Lamy (Belgium)
Daniela Filipescu (Romania)Michael Rosen (United Kingdom)
David Whitaker (United Kingdom)Olav Sellevold (Norway)
Doris ØstergaardPaolo Pelosi (Italy) Obiit
Dick Thomson (Switzerland)Peter Simpson (United Kingdom)
Fernando Gilsanz (Spain)Pierre Coriat (France)
Gordon Drummond (United Kingdom)Philippe Scherpereel (France)
Hans-Joachim Priebe (Germany)Serban-Ion Bubenek-Turconi (Romania)
Hugo Van Aken (Germany)Stefan De Hert (Belgium)
Idit Matot (Israel)Tapani Tammisto (Finland)
James Cottrell (United States)Wolfgang Buhre (Netherlands)
Jannicke Mellin-Olsen (Norway)Wolfgang Dick (Germany)
Jennifer Hunter (United Kingdom)Zeev Goldik (Israel)
Jochen Schulte Am Esch (Germany)

Research Grant Winners

Grant NameAmountWinnerTopicYear
ESAIC Research Project Grant
50 000€Gertrude Nieuwenhuijs-Moeke (Netherlands)The role of danger associated molecular patterns, regulated necrosis and necroinflammation in kidney injury after major surgery: Mechanisms and therapeutic strategy2023
ESAIC Andreas Hoeft’s Grant
Intensive Care
60 000€Maximilian Dietrich  (Germany)Machine Learning assisted early diagnosis of sepsis based on microcirculatory alterations in ICU patients2023
BJA – ESAIC Grant- Early Career #160 000€ Pascal Smulders  (Netherlands)Analgesic  effects  of  dexamethasone  in  regional anaesthesia: back to the electrophysiological basics in a human induced pluripotent stem cell model2023
BJA – ESAIC Grant- Early Career #260 000€ Christoph Dibiasi  (Austria)Association  of  anti-factor  Xa  activity  with  venous thromboembolism in critically ill patients: a multicentre prospective cohort study2023
ESAIC Research Project Grant
Intensive Care
50 000€Charissa van den Brom (Netherlands)Sex differences and the effectiveness of targeting the endothelium following traumatic hemorrhagic shock2022
ESAIC Andreas Hoeft’s Grant
70 000€Daqing Ma (United Kingdom)The role of danger associated molecular patterns, regulated necrosis and necroinflammation in kidney injury after major surgery: Mechanisms and therapeutic strategies2022
Sintetica Grants
Hemodynamic Support
70 000€Adrian Wong (United Kingdom)Targeted Perfusion Based Fluid Management in Critically ill Patients Using Urethral Perfusion. The TARGET–UP study2022
BJA – ESAIC Grant100 000€Susanne Eberl (Netherlands)Towards a “Female Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery” (F-ERACS) pathway to reduce morbidity and mortality in female patients after cardiac surgery – development of a sex – specific perioperative risk score.2022