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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 Torsten Leif Bunk Lauritsen (1967-2021)

With great sadness, we try to understand and come to terms with the sudden and unexpected death of our colleague and friend Torsten L. B. Lauritsen. Torsten was for many years a great and respected paediatric anaesthetic capacity in Denmark, Scandinavia, and Europe, professionally as well as a member and chairman of various committees and societies.

Throughout most of his career, Torsten worked at the Juliane Marie Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark where he quickly developed a strong interest in neonatal intensive care and paediatric anaesthesia, and where was the Head of the Department of Paediatric and Obstetric Anaesthesia for many years.

Torsten’s great professional commitment has been central to the development of paediatric anaesthesia in Denmark in particular, and he was, among other things, a Danish link to the international professional community. Torsten was a skillful beacon, who helped to set the agenda for paediatric anaesthesia not only in Denmark but also throughout Scandinavia and Europe. He had a clear perception of quality and development and was an endless driving force in our specialty. His primary focus was always placed on the interests of the children and their parents, and he did not stand aside to argue for propriety in our professional work.

He will invariably be remembered for his huge role in developing paediatric anaesthesia through tireless efforts in education and his various organizational roles and leadership nationally and internationally. He initiated and for decades coordinated and ran the European Resuscitation Council’s European Paediatric Advanced Life Support courses in Denmark, and he acted as the President of the Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care’s Fellowship Program in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. He worked very vigorously for this program to grow into a standard for how fellowships and postgraduate training and education in paediatric anaesthesia should be constructed and enforced internationally.

Torsten’s untimely death has come as a colossal shock to all of us who knew him. He was a genuinely nice, loyal, entertaining, and generous man and will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues in Europe and elsewhere.

Our thoughts go to Torsten’s family, notably Torsten’s two sons, Gustav and Julius.

May Torsten rest in peace.

On behalf of the  European Society for Paediatric Anaesthesiology (ESPA), Scientific Subcommittee “Paediatric Anaesthesia” of  the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC), and the Safe Anaesthesia for Every Tot (Safetots) initiative:

Tom G. Hansen

Francis Veyckemans

Karin Becke-Jakob

Nicola Disma

Idit Matot

Neil S. Morton

Ehrenfried Schindler

Nigel Turner

Laszlo Vutskits

Jurgen De Graaff

Markus Weiss

Thomas Engelhardt