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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.



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ESCIM: Provision of Training on Intensive Care Medicine Skills for Health Professionals Not Regularly Working on Intensive Care Units (C19-Space)

Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) is reaching out to you to announce that we are to carry out a training programme financed by the European Commission to provide training in Intensive Care across the EU. The training programme, COVID-19 Skills Preparation Course (C19 SPACE), is aimed at healthcare professionals (both nurses and physicians) that do not work regularly in the ICU in case of deployment to look after critically ill patients in anticipation of a second wave of COVID-19. This will create an extra line of defence for ICUs when there is a need for a rapid, temporary significant scale-up of ICU capacity in the face of a pandemic which has already demanded a 30 to 40% increase of ICU beds per 100,000 inhabitants. The programme aims to promote the concept of a ‘healthcare army’ in Europe to fight COVID-19 by giving rapid crash training of a multidisciplinary pool of health care professionals supporting and assisting intensive care units in times of need. The current reality is that significant disparities exist between European countries in relation to the number of ICU beds per 100,000 inhabitants, leaving some countries better prepared than others for a possible second wave of COVID-19. By financing this programme, the European Commission aims to deliver a homogenous training that can be tailored and adapted to local realities ensuring the best possible care can be provided to European citizens. In order to achieve a unified single validated training for the hospitals of the EU, the programme will be carried out until December 2020 in cooperation with the 27 EU Member States and the United Kingdom and will draw on local expertise to train and certify nurses and physicians who are willing to increase their competences in Intensive Care and step up to the front line if necessary.

The training programme will be cost-free to participants. Trainers and participants will receive an Educational Tool Kit in their local language, with innovative resources including realistic immersive learning resources to ensure an unparalleled learning experience. The training will also be adaptable to the participant, taking into consideration any training previously completed in the field. Whereas a common core curriculum has been developed, two specifically tailored training pathways will be offered for nurses and doctors respectively. Participants who successfully complete the training will be awarded an ICU passport certificate with CME and CNE credits. ESICM is coordinating the programme and will provide standardised educational materials in the form of an Intensive Care toolkit which can be adapted to the situation in every Member State. With this programme, the European Commission demonstrates its commitment to support frontline healthcare workers across Europe and to support Member States in their efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic to prepare the response to a possible second wave. We therefore kindly ask you, our friends from other medical disciplines, for your help in promoting participation in the training through your networks to ensure the dissemination of Intensive Care Medicine competences throughout the EU. Combined with the competences of every other medical discipline, we believe this programme can assemble a great multidisciplinary pool of qualified medical professionals and nurses to ensure that the EU is able to face the danger of the resurgence in the pandemic. We now know what awaits us and we are working together with ICU and other healthcare professionals, doctors and nurses alike, as well as political actors for the containment of the virus to provide the best possible care to all citizens. Together we will prepare Europe for a second wave of COVID-19. For any questions or remarks, please contact eu_covid19@esicm.org.

Thank you very much for your support,

Prof. Jozef Kesecioglu

President of ESICM

Prof. Maurizio Cecconi

President-Elect of ESICM

Joël Alexandre

Chief Executive Officer of ESICM


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