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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.


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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.


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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: Professor Martin Tramèr

After a decade in the role, Professor Martin Tramèr has now stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA), here Martin reflects on his time in charge, and his future plans.

Q: Welcome to this online edition of Euroanaesthesia 2020 Martin, how does it feel to be made one of this year’s Honorary Members of the newly named ESAIC?

A: This is a great honour indeed. It is not something you can work towards or prepare for. You are chosen by your peers! I see this appointment as an expression of gratitude and recognition for what I have done for the EJA and thus for ESAIC.

I would like to highlight though that what has happened to the journal over the last decade, made possible through extraordinary teamwork, including our journal assistant, deputy Editors-in-Chief, associate editors, language and technical editors, and publisher. To be an Editor-in-Chief is not a one-man job. An Editor-in-Chief is in a sense a conductor of an orchestra, and a conductor is not a soloist. Without all the different musicians, the conductor cannot play a symphony! However, for a symphony’s sound to be perfect, the conductor must be able to share his interpretation of the music piece with the musicians and the musicians must be able to understand the conductor’s message and translate this into the music. I feel that this philosophy has served the EJA well these last ten years.

Q: How did you first become Editor-in-Chief of EJA, and what have been some of your personal highlights over the last decade?

A: Before I became Editor-in-Chief of the EJA, I have been involved in the political activities of ESA (now ESIAC) for many years. First, I was a council member, representing Switzerland, Then, in 2006, I was elected member of the Board of Directors where I acted as a treasurer. During that time, I was asked by the former Editor-in-Chief of the EJA, Tony Adams, to become an associate editor of the EJA. I very much enjoyed that work and years later, when there was an opportunity to take on the job of the Editor-in-Chief, I prepared a business plan and presented it to the Board of Directors. My plan focused mainly on excluding as many low quality, invalid and uninteresting papers as possible before they went into the external peer review process, and on improving the quality of data reporting according to the recommendations established by the Equator network.

Q: What are some of the changes you have brought in during your time at the journal? Have you introduced new types of articles, and how has this affected the impact factor?

A: We have made many changes. I was the first Editor-in-Chief of the EJA who had the opportunity to hire a part-time journal manager. This helped a lot. Bridget Benn had an important role in the development of our journal.

I changed around half of the editorial team, and not everybody was pleased about this, but it was an important step as I wanted to start this project with a new team, and with a critical mass of colleagues who shared the same vision as I did. We invented a triage process that meant that my two Deputy Editors-in-Chief, Bernhard Walder and Walid Habre, and I, scored every week all incoming papers. The aim was to prevent papers that had no, or only very little, chance to get published, from overloading the peer review process.

Through all these years, on average 50% of all incoming papers were rejected through that triage process. We introduced new rules on how to present the different article types, according to the Equator recommendations. This also included structured abstracts and homogenous titles and subtitles that include the study architecture. As a reaction to various cases of massive fraud in the anaesthesiology literature, we introduced strict rules on how ethical approval was obtained by the authors. Articles that did not respond to these requirements were not considered for publication and were sent back to the authors.

We also started various theme series, for instance, “History of anaesthesia”. Some of these series are still alive today, for instance, “Anaesthesia and orphan disease”, a series of specific case reports. As we had several associate editors who were very specialised in paediatric anaesthesia, we developed this particular subgroup of articles and over the years have become one of the leading journals for paediatric anaesthesia.

And as the EJA is a truly international journal (articles are submitted from more than 50 countries) and the majority of the editors are not English native speakers, we decided to create a new associate editors’ function: the language editor. Language editors edited in proper English all accepted articles. We were also working, hand in hand with the publisher, on the format and style of the journal. We improved the front cover and the way tables and figures were presented.

When ESA started a photo contest at Euroanaesthesia, we selected each year the best-submitted photos and published them on the front cover, always linking the theme of the photo to the content of the issue. When that competition was closed, we started a new campaign, inviting our readers to submit photos of their own artwork to be published on the front cover. This campaign proved to be very successful and provided evidence that many anaesthetists are also artists!

Q: So far there has not been too much COVID material in the journal – is the EJA not a suitable journal for too much COVID content?

A: COVID has fostered an incredible amount of scientific data and publications. However, it became clear from the beginning of the crisis that large numbers of these articles were unreliable, invalid, often of frighteningly bad quality or even unethical. It would have been easy to fill almost every issue of the EJA with such COVID material, mainly case reports.

Subsequently, even several prominent, high-ranking journals had to withdraw COVID articles due to ethical or scientific issues. We knew from the beginning of the crisis that the EJA would not be the first address for authors who were keen to publish COVID-material. Also, with COVID, ultra-rapid publishing, mainly in preprint servers (and thus without any peer review) and often in high-impact journals became popular. The EJA publication process, however, did not allow for rapid publication. For all these reasons we abstained from publishing studies or case report dealing with COVID.

Q: Tell about some of your work as the part of the Appraisal Committee of the Swiss Health Technology Assessment (Swiss Medical Board), and also as part of the Human Medicines Expert Committee of the Swiss Agency for therapeutic products (Swissmedic)?

A: I support Swissmedic by providing expert reports and advice on the scientific assessment of documentation relating to the authorisation, market surveillance and approval of medicinal products in the area of anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine including analgesics.

Q: Will you have more time for hobbies now you have stepped down as editor? What do you like to do outside work?

I look forward to journal-free weekends! I love gardening. We have trees (quince, mirabelle plums, apples, pears), berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries), and two vegetable gardens. And I cycle a lot. The French Alps and the Jura mountains are very close.

Thanks Martin, and we hope you enjoyed Euroanaesthesia 2020!


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