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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.


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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.

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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.



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Congress Newsletter 2021

EA21 Newsletter: ESAIC Journals and the new editor-in-chief Marc Samama

Professor Marc Samama (Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Perioperative Medicine, GHU AP-HP. Centre – Université de Paris) has taken over as the Editor-in-Chief of the society’s official journal EJA, and the soon to be established new journal EJAIC, which will incorporate more intensive care medicine.

Q: Hello Marc and we hope you enjoyed Euroanaesthesia – tell us about how it has been in your first months as Editor-in-Chief?

A: Very busy, extremely demanding but very exciting. I’m more than happy to run this job.

Q: Your predecessor Martin Tramer spent 10 years at the helm, across which the impact factor improved substantially. How hard is it to improve the impact factor of a journal, what kind of things make a difference?

A: We have to increase the quality of published materials (favouring RCTs, meta-analyses, reviews and guidelines) while controlling the number of manuscripts. This is a very hard task as we are always lacking pages (with a maximum of 100 allowed per issue).

Q: You have a new team of assistant editors helping you with the journal, with a vast range of experience. How are things going with the new team, on top of all the responsibilities you all have managing the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: They are a highly competent and very friendly group. All are very much involved in the Journal, either for the triage, the table of contents, the proofs and many handled manuscripts. Each of the team is always available for advice or some help.

Q:  Most of our delegates are familiar with EJA, but what is the reasoning behind launching a new journal, the European Journal of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EJAIC)? When do you think the first edition of the new journal will be out?

A: Publishing only in open-access journals is becoming mandatory for several major institutions. On top of that Intensive Care is part of our daily activities and the name of the society has changed in this regard. We had to dedicate some more room to ICM.

Q: What are some of the changes you have made to the EJA since taking charge?

A: With the eight Deputy Editors we have implemented many changes, with a weekly triage meeting by Zoom and a much more severe selection or ‘excluding’ of the manuscripts as we have a three months backlog.  We’ve had several meetings with important ESAIC committees (ICM, Guidelines, Research) and have discussed our policies. We have defined new rules for the publication of guidelines, editorials, case reports. Key bullet points that summarise the article are now part of each manuscript.  We are also very sensitive to similarities and plagiarism. We are now recording and posting podcasts and videos every month.

Q: What are some of the things that distinguish a good quality research paper from a more average paper?

A: The methodology, the compliance to good research rules, the seriousness of the authors, the innovative ideas, the honesty in the statistics, a strong and balanced discussion, a prospective for the results, etc.

Q: There does not seem to be much COVID-19 content in the journal as yet – what are the reasons for this?

A: Most of COVID data are shared very quickly and our delays for rapid publication are too long. However, a few papers have been published.

Q: How much time in a working week is dedicated to the management of the journal – are you left with little time to relax?

A: Two days and a half as an average!

Q: And when you can relax, what do you like doing?

A: Biking and walking

Thanks Marc and we hope you enjoyed Euroanaesthesia 2021.

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