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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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Interview with ESAIC new President-Elect Prof. Wolfgang Buhre

During Euroanaesthesia 2022 held in Milan this year, the Council members voted for the incoming president of the society. Prof. Wolfgang Buhre (Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands) was voted as President-Elect and will assume his role as from 1 January 2023.

We spoke with Prof. Buhre on his interests, his life at ESAIC and the various projects he assumed, his professional life, the challenges that came with the new position and his vision.

Perhaps it is of great interest for the community to get to know how did you cross paths with ESAIC and how long have you been part of this wonderful community?

I started my personal career at the ESAIC in Glasgow at the Euroanaesthesia 2003 as a presenter and was asked thereafter to take place in the subcommittee “Monitoring and Computing”. After a while I was elected as chairperson of this committee and then moved to the Research Committee, where we had a couple of wonderful years with excellent colleagues and interesting initiatives.

During those 20 years as part of ESAIC, you had a few initiatives started and successfully implemented. Could you please share those projects and new contributions to ESAIC with the readership?

In the years 2009 and 2010 we had a couple of intense discussions about the Clinical Trial Network (CTN) and this was the first new initiative we started from the Research Committee (RC). In 2016, during my term as chair of the RC, we started the research mentorship program bringing together young scientists and mentors. After being successful in CTN trials, we tried to create a forum for research groups, which we established relatively shortly thereafter with the aim to connect colleagues throughout Europe and abroad, meeting each other, share ideas and ultimately working together. Personally, these achievements of creating connectivity and community are fantastic and really make me proud.

Last but not least, in 2016 we created an environment for the most complex interventional trials together with funding organizations, like the EU but also partners from industry, the so-called academic contract research organization (A-CRO). Looking back to all these initiatives I am proud and satisfied because the ESIAC is nowadays one of the most significant players in the field of research which perfectly fits into our competences in the field of patient safety and education.

You have a very busy professional life in your institution. Could you please tell us what is the most important set of values for the role of the anaesthesiologist in the multidisciplinary setting you are also promoting in your work that you would like to see implemented as well in other institutions in the future?

I am very grateful that I was asked two times in my life to create a team that is able to build integrated divisions including perioperative medicine, anaesthesia, intensive care medicine, pain therapy and emergency care in an academic environment. In 2012 we build such a division in Utrecht and in 2020 in Maastricht (NL). Our core value is the best possible care for the acute and perioperative patient. We are holistic physicians seeing and treating patients during the most dangerous periods of their lives. Therefore, we need to fulfil the highest standards of education, knowledge and need to apply the actual state of the art – evidence based. Anaesthesiologists are per definition team workers with a strong leadership approach. Shortly after setting up our Division in Maastricht, the COVID pandemic started, and we were able to respond adequately because all key players necessary for this purpose were already linked together in one organizational structure.

What do you think is the set of values ESAIC is reflecting and nurturing to its community that you believe constitute the community’s strength?

ESAIC is committed to the highest standards in patient care, education, and research you can imagine. We are able to realize this because we are linked to each other in our society. We are willing to transfer knowledge in every field of our profession resulting in further growth and development in all these fields. But besides this, ESAIC is a home place for a great group of professionals, where you can ask for help, advice and support in the broadest sense.

What will be the main goals you will focus during your presidency that the community will hear about, goals that will be reflected in your style and strategy and what are the main challenges you foresee while executing your vision?

I will focus on three main areas: First the integration of care, as I just mentioned. The common ground for acute, intensive, and perioperative care is reflected by ESAIC’s mission. Second, we need to be prepared to answer to several relevant questions, shortage of professionals, the green deal, and we need to be ready for the decade of technological developments. Third, working together with partners from authorities, funding organizations and industry but also sister societies is fundamental because the relevant challenges can only be accepted together.

Is there a message you would like to share with the ESAIC community; a promise you make to them; a final word?

Barack Obama once said:” If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” This quote describes my approach adequately.