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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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In Memoriam: Prof. Dr Andreas Hoeft (1954-2020)

An announcement from the ESAIC Board of Directors and Staff

It is with the greatest sadness that we must inform you that, on November 24, 2020, our much-respected colleague Prof. Dr Andreas Hoeft has passed away after a short illness, aged 66 years. We offer our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Andreas’ family and friends.

Andreas has contributed huge amounts of his time and energy to ESAIC and its predecessor organisation ESA, including just as ESA was finding its way as a newly merged organisation back in 2005. For both this forthcoming online Euroanaesthesia Congress (November 28-30) and the previous two in Vienna and Copenhagen, Andreas has been the Scientific Chair, working tirelessly with our 19 sub-committees to make sure delegates receive the best and most interesting congress possible. We think you will all agree that he succeeded.

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1954, Andreas completed military service for the German army in the 1970s before completing his medical degree at the University of Műnster. Much of his early career was spent at the University of Göttingen, but he also spent several years as a visiting assistant professor in anaesthesiology at the University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston in the 1990s. He took up his most recent role, as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1995, completing a quarter of a century of service in this position.

As well as serving as Scientific Chair, Andreas has performed other important roles for ESAIC/ESA, including as ESA Secretary from 2010 to 2013. He also chaired the Research Committee for the last decade, leading to the launch of the successful Clinical Trials Network (CTN) which has led to multiple practice-changing studies, several of which have been published in major medical journals. In the last interview before his passing, Andreas described the CTN as having “created a new spirit in the Society…now many engaged colleagues, who before would rarely have a chance to contribute to science and research, grabbed this chance to become a researcher in addition to their clinical work.”

Andreas had many qualities that made him memorable and special to us: his love for research, learning and knowledge, his passion for his work, his rationality, his energy, his capacity to understand people, to listen, to care. He was critical with just about everyone, and fun with a great sense of humour. He was creative, innovative, and would always say what he thought, no matter what.

Andreas will be dearly missed by our Board, our team at ESAIC headquarters, and by everyone who had the pleasure to meet him at the Euroanaesthesia meeting or in any other forum.


Prof. Kai Zacharowski                              Prof. Stefan De Hert
ESAIC President                                      ESAIC Past-President

and the ESAIC Board of Directors and Staff