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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: Honorary member profile – former Chief Executive Officer Marc Gheeraert

ESAIC has recognised the service of former Chief Executive Officer Marc Gheeraert (2015-2019) with an Honorary Membership. Under Marc’s leadership, the society (as ESA) expanded in many ways. When he handed the reins to our new CEO Cathy Weynants in December 2019, Marc was leading a staff of more than 40 and was responsible for the support and management of 400-plus doctors who volunteer for the society, as well as our membership that has increased past 30,000.

Prior to being CEO of ESA, Marc has a long and diverse career, a big part of which was spent in diagnostic imaging and oncology in public companies, as well as President of Nuclear Medicine Europe, the European Industrial Association of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Healthcare.

Here he reflects on his time at ESA and tells us what he’s been up to since.

Q: Welcome to Euroanaesthesia 2020, Marc. How does it feel to not be in charge for the first time in 6 years?!

A: A mixed feeling, on one side happy to enjoy the congress as a participant and attend the lectures, but I am missing the excitement and buzz of the teamwork to bring it all together.

Q: New CEO Cathy Weynants and the team have had to rapidly adapt the congress to an all-online format. Is it strange to be tuning in to an all-online event?

A: Not at all, as this has become the new way since the pandemic has started and many congresses and meetings are now virtual. At ESA (now ESAIC) we were already organising the committee meetings in a digital fashion for the last few years.  But Cathy and her team have brought this to a new level of professionalism and quality.

Q: Some of our delegates won’t know about your history in nuclear medicine. During the world crisis on the supply of medical radioisotopes (which threatened to prevent many medical procedures globally), the association you led took over the coordination of all worldwide nuclear reactors producing medical isotopes. How did this crisis unfold, and what were some of the things you had to do?

A: At that time I was President of AIPES (Nuclear Medicine Europe) and had noticed that the delivery of essential isotopes of Molybdenum was dependent on a few nuclear reactors worldwide, of which some were very old and little investment had been made in new reactors, except for a revolutionary project in Canada which failed.

We had invited all global manufacturers of radioisotopes to join in a workgroup to discuss the future, and then the ‘inevitable’ happened and two of the reactors went down for a long period.  AIPES then took over the coordination of operation and maintenance dates of all worldwide nuclear reactors producing isotopes. We immediately involved several Directorates-General in the EU, not at least DG competition as we were interfering in global production!

A High-Level Group was created at the OECD to ensure future delivery of radioisotopes, to which AIPES was reporting, and at the European level, an Observatory was created jointly presided by the EU and AIPES.  Both had the task to fix the current issues and seek new opportunities for future production and delivery of radioisotopes. For instance, none of the UK, Japan or the USA had their own production capacity.

Q: ESA (now ESAIC) changed a lot during your five years in charge. What would you say are some of your key achievements as CEO?

A: We already had a large and talented team when I arrived, I was able to give them and the Society some new direction and stability. All the ingredients were there to make it a success story: the 400 voluntary doctors in committees and our various research projects, the supporting Board with a vision and last but not least the committed staff at the Brussels secretariat focused on quality and growth. I was only the chef d’orchestre helping the virtuosi!

Q: What do you think of the Society’s new name, the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care?

A: I believe it reflects all the fields that anaesthesiologists are working in. It should not be seen as an infringement on the different specialities, but as COVID has shown, it was all hands on deck! With this, I would like to thank all anaesthetists, intensivists and all medical staff that were and are supporting us during these 2 waves of the pandemic.  Hats off to them and tons of respect.

Q: I’m sure you had many plans for 2020, like the rest of us. And they have been disrupted. But tell us what you have been up to in the year since leaving? We hear you are helping set up cancer centres in Africa?

A: During my career in healthcare I met many people and institutions and have seen how many countries lack healthcare, not only basic care but also more advanced care to keep a competent workforce in the country to support further development.

I support projects that finance, build and manage oncology and diagnostic imaging centres in Africa.  Providing oncology treatment in-country to both public and private customers. We provide premium western healthcare through high tech equipment, standard processes with digital networking and support.

Q: What do you miss most about being CEO?

A: The team: Board, staff and volunteers.  The opportunity to develop a plan to grow and/or fix.  The possibility to provide opportunities to other people.

Q: Thanks Marc, and enjoy your first Euroanaesthesia free from the reins of responsibility!




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