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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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Congress Newsletter 2023

In loving memory of Prof. Paolo Pelosi: A Pioneer in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine who celebrated life and considered anaesthesiology a “lifestyle” profession

Today, we lost Professor Paolo Pelosi, an esteemed figure in the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine. On May 30, 2023, Professor Pelosi passed away, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional contributions to medical research, clinical practice, and education. His untimely departure is a great loss to the medical community worldwide.

Born in Milan, Italy, in 1963, Professor Paolo Pelosi demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for medicine from an early age. He pursued his academic journey at the University of Milan, where he graduated magna cum laude in Medicine and Surgery. This was just the beginning of his remarkable career that spanned several decades.

Following his graduation, Professor Pelosi embarked on a journey of specialisation and research, achieving remarkable milestones along the way. He became a Specialist in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and subsequently a Research Fellow in Anaesthesiology at the University of Milan. His thirst for knowledge and dedication to his craft led him to serve as an Associate Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Insubria, Varese, from 1999 to 2010.

In recent years, Professor Pelosi held the prestigious position of Chief Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the University of Genoa. He also served as the Director of the Speciality School in Anaesthesiology and headed the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit at the renowned San Martino Policlinico Hospital in Genoa, Italy. As the President of the College of Professors in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in Italy, he played a pivotal role in shaping the future of the discipline in his country.

Professor Pelosi’s influence extended far beyond the borders of Italy. He was an influential figure in numerous international organisations and societies associated with Anaesthesiology and Critical Care. Notably, he served as the President of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) from 2010 to 2011, where he made significant contributions to the advancement of the field on a global scale. Additionally, he held key positions in the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the World Federation of Societies of Intensive Care and Critical Care Medicine (WFSCCM), demonstrating his commitment to fostering collaboration and progress in the medical community.

Throughout his illustrious career, Professor Paolo Pelosi made substantial contributions to the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care through his groundbreaking research. His primary focus was on respiratory physiology in the perioperative period and in critically ill patients. He spearheaded the establishment of the Protective Ventilation Network (PROVEnet), a multinational team of researchers dedicated to investigating protective ventilation and its impact on patient outcomes. Through PROVEnet, Professor Pelosi played a pivotal role in organising large-scale databases, observational trials, and randomised controlled trials worldwide, thus revolutionising the field of Anaesthesiology.

As an accomplished author and speaker, Professor Pelosi’s knowledge and expertise were widely recognised and respected. His publications included over 400 original papers, 163 papers under invitation, and 105 book chapters, covering a range of topics related to ventilation management, perioperative care, and the treatment of acute respiratory failure. He delivered lectures at numerous national and international meetings, sharing his insights and findings with fellow researchers, medical professionals, and students.

Professor Paolo Pelosi’s profound impact and tireless dedication earned him numerous accolades and honours throughout his career. He was the recipient of the esteemed T. Cecil Grey BJA medal and held the distinction of being an International member of the Brazilian Academy of Medicine. His contributions to the field were further recognised through honorary memberships in several scientific societies of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care across Europe and beyond.

Beyond his professional achievements, Professor Paolo Pelosi was admired and beloved for his unwavering dedication to education and mentorship. He actively participated in fellowship and resident educational programs, shaping the minds and careers of future anaesthesiologists. His passion for teaching, combined with his vast knowledge and experience, inspired countless individuals in the field.

Professor Paolo Pelosi leaves behind a profound and enduring legacy. His remarkable contributions to the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine have revolutionised patient care and shaped the future of the discipline. He will be remembered for his intellectual brilliance, leadership, and unwavering commitment to advancing medical knowledge.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Professor Pelosi’s family, friends, colleagues, and all those whose lives he touched. May his legacy continue to inspire generations of medical professionals, and may he rest in eternal peace.

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