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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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History of the Trainee Network

Foundation of the ESAIC Trainee Network (ESAICTN)

In 2014, the ESAIC By-laws were changed to give all trainees voting rights at the General Assembly and to allow 2 Trainee Representatives to sit on the ESAIC Council with full voting rights to represent all European trainees1. The initial Trainee Representatives were Diogo Sobreira Fernandes and Michela Rauseo. Based on their efforts, in 2015, the European Society of Anaesthesiology Trainee Committee (ESAICTC) was created with Diogo Sobreira Fernandes as the first chair and Mihai Stefan, Liana Valeanu, Michela Rauseo and Bernardo Matias as members.

In the same year, the ESAIC Trainee Network (ESAICTN) was founded, the first pan-continental Anaesthesiology trainee network, aimed to facilitate communication and exchange of information between European anaesthesiology trainees and the ESAIC Council and Board of Directors.

Becoming an ESAIC Committee

The first initiative of the ESAICTC was to identify the main concerns, goals and expectations of European anaesthesiology trainees through a European-wide cross-sectional survey in order to initiate improvement of anaesthesia education by the ESAIC2. The results of this project were used to fuel many of the next steps of the ESAICTC, namely the transition from a Subcommittee to an ESAIC official Committee in 20163.

Another historical achievement during that year was the first-ever Euroanaesthesia Trainees´ Program during Euroanaesthesia 2016 in London, which included a very successful event (Symposium “ESAICTN: Networking with the Experts on Sepsis”), which confirmed that communication works and trainees respond well to being asked what they want and also a specific booth for the ESAICTN.

Euroanaesthesia Trainees’ Programme

After this, annually, the ESAICTC organizes the Euroanaesthesia Trainees’ Programme, which includes a specific dedicated scientific program for trainees (with a growing number of sessions, both as symposia or more informal lectures in the ESAICTN booth and also important events like the National Trainee Representatives meeting or the highly participated ESAICTN dinner4,5.

ESAIC Trainee Social Networks

From the beginning, Social Networks have been a structural part of the work of the ESAICTN as tools to reach as many people as possible, and after the original creation of LinkedIn (2016) and Facebook groups (2017), the ESAICTC has created several additional channels, like a FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn pages.

Based on the results of the already mentioned survey to address the main expectations of European anaesthesiology trainees2, the work of the ESAICTC was organized into 4 main axes: the already mentioned Euroanaesthesia Trainees’ Program and Social Networks, Education and European and International Trainee Sections Task Forces. Education was indeed the main concern identified in the survey, and this Task Force has tried to address several topics of interest to trainees, namely preparation resources for the European Diploma of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC), together with other ESAIC Committees, like Examinations and Education and Training Committees.

The European and International Trainee Sections Task Force has always been one of the most visible activities of the ESAICTC, as it allows for more regular and close contact with the countries represented by the ESAIC Council and National Anaesthesiologists Societies Committee (NASC). Since its creation and in close collaboration with both these structures6, the ESAICTC has been able to create a strong network that includes a National Trainee Representative in all 40 European countries represented by ESAIC and an organized National Trainee Section in 17 of them (supported by the creation, in 2018, of the “Manual to support the development of a National Trainees Network”7).

Trainee Representatives in ESAIC Committees

The most relevant recent structural modification to the activity of the ESAICTC occurred in 2018, with the vote of confidence from the ESAIC Board, as a 1-year trial period started to evaluate the value of Trainee Representatives in other ESAIC Committees, starting with 5 strategic areas11.

This was a very successful initiative, which led to the approval by the ESAIC Board via Board Meeting (January 2019) for one permanent trainee representative in each committee except in the Examinations, Nominations, Finance Committees and Trainee Exchange Programme. For this reason, trainees are currently represented in 11 Committees (ATAIC-HVTAP, Communication, Education, eLearning, Gender Equity, Guidelines, NASC, Patient Safety and Quality, Scientific, Simulation and Sustainability), making ESAIC a structure where trainees’ voices matter.

Through all these initiatives, the ESAICTC and the ESAICTN have greatly developed since their creation, and important projects are previewed for 2020, like the development of 2 surveys aiming at evaluating trainees’ perceptions of EDAIC preparation resources and simulation training in Europe and the creation of a new website together with the necessary rebranding of the ESAICTN as of 1 October 2020, the European Society of Anaesthesiology will officially become the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care12. Through these actions, the ESAICTC aims to keep getting closer to European Anaesthesiology trainees, fulfilling the mission of the ESAICTN.


Bernardo Matias (Portugal – Past Co-opted member and European and International Trainee Sections Task Force Coordinator and Current Chair of the ESAIC Trainees Committee and Trainee Representative in NASC) (2016-2020)

Diogo Sobreira Fernandes (Portugal – Founder and Past Chair of the ESAIC Trainees Committee, Council Trainee Representative and Trainee Representative in eLearning Committee) (2014-2019)


  1. ESAIC Trainee Network: What can the ESAIC do for you? – ESAIC Newsletter Issue 61
  2. Sobreira Fernandes et al. / Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care 18 (2018) 3-9
  3. Trainees Committee Policy (POL_EE_02_TC) – https://www.ESAIChq.org/about/committees/trainees-committee/
  4. Euroanaesthesia 2017: The ESAIC Trainee Network(ESAICTN) at Geneva!! – ESAIC Newsletter Issue 73
  5. The ESAIC Trainee Network at Euroanaesthesia 2018 –Tradition Continues in Copenhagen – ESAIC Newsletter Issue 75
  6. Connecting the dots: ESAIC Trainees Committee and National Trainee Sections – ESAIC Newsletter Issue 69
  7. Manual to support the development of a National Trainees Network – http://ESAICTN.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/manuel-ESAICtrainee.pdf
  8. ESAIC and ASA Trainees Meet Up – ESAIC Newsletter Issue 63
  9. ESAIC Trainees Committee and ASA-Resident Component – The transatlantic connection – ESAIC Newsletter Issue 74
  10. The ESAIC Trainee Network across the globe during 2019 – ESAIC Newsletter Issue 80
  11. ESAIC Trainees Committee: The role of Trainee Representatives in other ESAIC Committees – ESAIC Newsletter Issue 77
  12. https://www.ESAIChq.org/ESAIC-news/ESAIC-will-become-ESAIC/