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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: Thank you from the President of the ESAIC

I would like to extend a very big THANK YOU to all of our attendees who were able to join us online this year for our virtual edition of Euroanaesthesia.

This year’s Euroanaesthesia proved to be an engaging and educational congress for our many attendees. With over 5,500 participants, 160 Scientific sessions, 353 Speakers from 43 countries, 770 abstracts, and 1054 tweets using the #EA20 hashtag this was a very successful congress!

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our leadership and faculty for contributing to the success of Euroanaesthesia. Knowing what a difficult and complex time we are currently in, we appreciate even more their commitment and involvement.

We had a very large and enriching scientific programme this year, developed by our scientific committee, overseen by our scientific committee chairs, the late Professor Andreas Hoeft and Professor Idit Matot.

A big thank you to all our speakers who made this year’s session line-up so engaging, and a special thanks to Prof Daniela Filipescu (Bucharest, Romania) who delivered this year’s timely and inspiring Sir Robert Macintosh Lecture “Safe and Diverse – celebrate our strengths!”

Euroanaesthesia continues to present an outstanding programme with the highest scientific content and up-to-date information. But now it was presented in a new and different format than we were previously used to. We appreciated everyone’s willingness to jump into a brand-new way of learning and working because in the end, we do it for our profession and we do it for our patients.

There were still plenty of opportunities to share knowledge and best practices and hear about the latest innovations in basic and clinical science, education and quality, and patient safety improvement. The best part about going virtual for Euroanaesthesia was that our attendees could join us at any time from any location, opening up our congress to an even larger global community.

Euroanaesthesia’s virtual exhibition and Industry symposiums provided us with an in-depth view of new projects, developments and innovations in the field of anaesthesia and intensive care. Attendees can visit our exhibition area at the virtual congress for the rest of the month of December and see what the future has in store for us.

Euroanaesthesia is more than just three days of science and information – it is a lifetime of knowledge that can now be accessed at any time.

Euroanaesthesia continues to offer a unique global forum for a free exchange of science and medical strategy by bringing together practising physicians, academics, scientists, and clinical researchers. Standing united and working together, we can create a better future.

Thank you again for joining us online this year and I look forward to seeing you next year in Munich, Germany 17-19 December 2021 for the next Euroanaesthesia!


Prof. Kai Zacharowski

ESAIC President                                 


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