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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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EA20 Newsletter: ESAIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Cathy Weynants

When ESAIC’s new CEO Cathy Weynants took charge of the society on January 1, 2020, taking over from Marc Gheeraert, it was impossible to predict the rollercoaster year that lay ahead. Here Cathy tells us about her career, aspirations for ESAIC, and the challenges of managing the organisation mostly remotely after the coronavirus pandemic tightened its deadly grip on Belgium and the world.


Q: Welcome to Euroanaesthesia 2020 Cathy – your first in charge. How are you feeling about the switch to an all-online congress?

Hello and a very warm welcome to all our delegates around the world! This year has truly been a rollercoaster year in which myself and my amazing team at ESAIC have had to adapt very quickly to changing circumstances. While of course we would all like to meet in person and will miss those special connections this year, the team has worked incredibly hard to make sure this new online format for Euroanaesthesia will be a great success for our delegates and all involved.

It is not only our congress that has gone online during the coronavirus crisis – our EDAIC exams for trainees had to switch to a virtual format and I pay tribute to all the centres and of course examiners worldwide who have worked so hard to make sure these exams could take place at all. And to help our members deal with the pandemic wherever they are in the world, we rolled out a series of COVID-19 webinars during the first wave packed with useful information from doctors on the front line.

Q: For our delegates who don’t know you, tell us some of your career history. Where have you worked so far, and what attracted you to the role as CEO of ESAIC?

I have actually worked my entire career in the pharmaceutical industry up to now, at first in research and development (I obtained a Master’s degree in Biology). I’ve worked for Pharmacia (known today as Pfizer), and also spent many years at Novo Nordisk, and it was there that I was really able to diversify my career. Novo gave me opportunities to work in multiple areas and EU projects including marketing and sales, business development, human resources and also in general management roles – these management positions are most similar to my new role as CEO at ESAIC.

I never really had a career plan, I’ve always been eager to learn and develop myself and taken the opportunities that have come up in my life!  What appealed to me about this position was the wide scope of it, managing a diverse team, covering a very broad set of competencies, from research to education, marketing and even EU policy affairs, working with a Board and doctors responsible for anaesthesiology and intensive care across the whole of Europe.

Q: How challenging has it been to manage a large team and also growing society mostly by remote working during this pandemic?

I have always had a management style based on trust and respect. Within our team of 45 at ESAIC, each team member has his or her way of managing themselves. I give them their own accountability, and I am especially proud of how they have handled themselves and risen to the challenge of remote working and COVID-19.

While restrictions were lifted during the summer months, we operated a system where people were in the office around 2 days per week, because it is very important to have some personal connections and ensure the social cohesion remains, Like many other companies, I think we will continue with this hybrid way of working approach when lockdown lifts and the virus is finally under control, as it’s hard to imagine us going back to 4 or 5 days in the office every week! However, I’m convinced a minimum number of days in the office is required to maintain the organisation’s culture. Hybrid working also asks for new competencies, we will invest more in developing the right skills and ensure we work also on physical and mental wellbeing.

Q: What are you some of your aims coming in as CEO? Have you had to adjust these plans a lot due to the pandemic?

There has been some frustration, as myself and the team have a felt a little out of our comfort zone with everything happening due to the pandemic. Some events have been arranged at the last minute, others have had to be cancelled.

For the Society I would like to prioritise growth, looking at ways to expand our membership and further develop our relationship with industry partners and explore new ways of working together. We also want to increase our research and educational activities and continue plans already in progress for other key projects, while remaining very cost-conscious.

For the team in our headquarters, we need to continue our journey towards agility, by learning new skills to adapt to a changing environment (digital skills and strategy), and also simplify the way we operate, in terms of governance, processes and optimising the structure of the organisation.

Due to the pandemic, 2020 has meant we have had to think and act really short-term, but all the things we have learned this year will be included in our mid-to-long-term strategy and will definitely be reflected in our business model.

Q: Has a decision been made yet about how and where to stage Euroanaesthesia 2021?

A:  The board has just decided that we will hold an in-person congress in December 2021 in Munich. It will be a hybrid style meeting both with a strong online presence, including many elements of this year’s online format to allow as many colleagues as possible worldwide to join the meeting. We will make further announcements on next year’s meeting soon.


Read More of our special newsletter covering our virtual congress

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