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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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Newsletter 2020

“Ensaio sobre a cegueira"

Marc Gimenez

José Saramago and his exceptional novel “Blindness” move us to a crude catastrophic situation where dehumanised behaviours are endured to survive. In the magnificent story, the only character that preserves vision is the wife of a doctor serving as the narrator, guide and protector of the community. The fiction was seen as a tough narrative to criticise the worse side of society and the human condition.

The coronavirus pandemic is putting the medical and scientific communities under strain but with evidence of controlled situations in countries such as China, South Korea and Singapore.

We as doctors are very good at reproducing what we have learned from our teachers and mentors on how to treat disease A in Patient B at hospital X. What is new this time is that we have to deal with a new disease on which we are still learning, that affects an unprecedented number of patients in hospitals that are on the verge of its capacities. We are however reinventing ourselves, building more hospitals, assembling medical facilities in hotels or congresses centres and strengthening our medical network to learn quickly to defeat the virus most efficiently.

I am thrilled on how clinicians over the globe are in permanent contact and exchanging their impressions on how to approach COVID-19. Protocols, guidelines, and new and promising trials are taking place to try to help us. But we also have fears to contract the disease or even worse to transmit it to our relatives.

In Spain, where I currently work, people from their imposed and necessary confinement at 20:00 h pm every single day, give us a 10 min applause to all Health-workers. They need to thank what we are doing and they want to think we will keep working until there are no new cases like has happened in China. We need to adapt to work differently, together with other specialists in our ICUs, reanimation units and emergency departments. Also dynamic and shorter shifts can mitigate emotional load and give us protection against the virus. Every day when hearing the daily applause I say to them we will surely keep going but only through true and patient-centred cooperation with other specialities, government and health institutions.

We need to be the ones who are not blind-like Saramago’s doctor wife and diagnose, treat and also alleviate suffering where cure is not possible for patients affected with this new disease.