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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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Governance and Constituent Bodies

To accomplish the objectives of the Society, key activities are delegated to committees consisting primarily of ESAIC Members. The committees report to the Board of Directors through the Chairperson of each committee.

The Board of Directors, through recommendations of the Nominations Committee, appoints committee Chairpersons and Members based on expertise.

Committee Chairpersons, unless otherwise specified, are usually appointed for a one-year term but may be appointed for successive one-year terms of office and must have Active Member status in the ESAIC.

ESAIC Members who would like to participate in one of the ESAIC Committees should send their Curriculum Vitae to the attention of the Nominations Committee at the ESAIC Headquarters.

Board of Directors

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Prof. Wolfgang Buhre (NL)


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Prof. Edoardo de Robertis (IT)


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Dr Else-Marie Ringvold (NO)


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Dr Orit Nahtomi Shick (IL)


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Prof. Joana Berger-Estilita (CH)

Education & Training Committee Chairperson

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Prof. Mark Coburn (DE)

Research Committee Chairperson

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Prof. Michel Struys (NL)

Scientific Committee Chairperson

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Prof. Markus Klimek (NL)

Examinations Committee Chairperson

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Prof. Federico Bilotta (IT)

NASC Chairperson

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Dr Bazil Ateleanu (UK)


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Prof. Luca Brazzi (IT)


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Dr Emilia Guasch (ES)


Other Board Members

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Prof. Olegs Sabelnikovs (LT)*

EBA President

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Mrs. Cathy Weynants*

ESAIC Chief Executive Officer

*No Voting Rights


The Council consists of the members of the Board of Directors and the elected National Representatives of Active Members in individual European countries.

Any European country (as defined by the World Health Organisation) with at least 25 Active/ Trainee Members or at least 10% of practising anaesthesiologists in that country, whichever is the smaller number, shall be entitled to elect one representative to the Council.

Elections for Council representatives take place every year when necessary.

The term of office of the National Council Representatives is a 3-year term, indefinitely renewable for consecutive 2-year terms.

Below is the composition of the council as of 01 January 2024.

Council Members

CountryCouncil Member
AlbaniaDr Alfred Ibrahimi
AustriaProf. Edith Fleischmann
BelgiumProf. Mona Momeni
CroatiaProf. Tatjana Šimurina
Czech RepublicProf. Martina Kosinová
DenmarkDr Johan Heiberg
EstoniaDr Rein Kruusat
FinlandDr Leila Niemi-Murola
FranceProf. Sigismond Lasocki
GermanyProf. Michael Sander
GreeceDr Eleana Garini
HungaryDr Krisztina Madách
IrelandProf. Ellen O’Sullivan
IsraelProf. Alexander Ioscovich
ItalyProf. Cesare Grigoretti
KosovoDr Medita Hashimi
LatviaProf. Iveta Golubovska
LithuaniaDr Vilma Traškaitė
MacedoniaDr Andrijan Kartalov
MaltaDr Johann Scicluna
MontenegroDr Marijana Karisik
NetherlandsDr Christiaan Keijzer
NorwayDr Ib Jammer
PolandDr Paul Andruszkiewicz
PortugalDr Gustavo Norte
RomaniaProf. Dana Rodica Tomescu
RussiaProf. Mihail Kirov
SerbiaProf. Vojislava Neskovic
SlovakiaDr Vladimír Hudák
SloveniaDr Dejan Praper
SpainDr Maria José Colomina
SwedenDr Lill Blomqwist
SwitzerlandDr Sonja Saudan
Trainee CroatiaDr Antonia Kustura
Trainee United KingdomDr Olivia Dow
TurkeyProf. Başak Ceyda Meço
UkraineProf. Iurii Kuchyn
United KingdomProf. Aamer B. Ahmed