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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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Dr Brigitta Brandner FRCA FFFPMRCA (1961-2023) - Obituary

Sadly, Dr Brigitta Brandner passed away on 19 July 2023 after several years of serious illness. True to her nature, she endured the illness with great optimism and stoicism. Nevertheless, she still found time for important research, clinical, and teaching projects. She worked for many years as a consultant at University College London Hospital (UCLH), where she was Head of Vascular Anaesthesia. She also developed considerable expertise in the management of chronic pain. She also ran the acute and chronic pain service at UCLH and the Acute Pain Research Group. Many of her trainees went on to become respected specialists in pain management. Her international reputation is underlined by her co-editorship of the Acute Pain – Oxford Pain Management Library. Brigitta was a key member of the Scientific Committee of Drug Science in the UK.

Brigitta was a dedicated clinician, teacher, and researcher throughout her life. Various teaching and research projects took Brigitta to many parts of the world. Numerous high-quality publications in the field of psychopharmacology and pharmacokinetics (e.g. research on cannabinoids and ketamine) testify to her lively research activity. Socially, Brigitta was involved in several charitable organisations. In the last phase of her life, for example, she helped to raise money for patients in Ukraine.

Brigitta was a central figure in the ESAIC examiner team for many years. She was an EDAIC Part II examiner from 2003. She later served as Senior Examiner and Chair on several occasions. As of 2015, Brigitta started to be actively involved in the hosting of the EDAIC Part I examination in London. She went on to run the Part I and Part II exams in London for several years. Her infectiously positive, warm, entertaining and people-pleasing nature made her a much-loved fixture within the ESAIC examiner group. Meeting Brigitta was always uplifting and inspiring. People who were lucky enough to meet Brigitta appreciated her creativity and intelligence, as well as her sense of humour. She had a gift for bringing together like-minded people from diverse backgrounds. Many close friendships and collaborations have developed beyond Europe thanks to her efforts.

We will miss Brigitta very much and will continue her legacy of “connecting people” and “developing projects together” in her spirit. Brigitta’s untimely death is extremely painful and a great personal and professional loss. She is deeply missed by her friends.

Our thoughts are with Brigitta’s family, especially her husband Alex and children Hanna, Max, and Ben.

May Brigitta rest in peace.

On behalf of the ESAIC Examiners

Peter Paal