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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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Newsletter 2020

Mentorship experience : A Success Story

Kurt Ruetzler

When I saw the announcement for the first ESAIC mentorship program about 4 years ago, I just left Switzerland to join a large academic institution in the United States. As a person who wants to accomplish much in the future, it was a no-brainer for me that I will apply. But, of course, there was a lot of uncertainty about the program. The biggest challenge for an early career physician like me was navigating through the numerous career paths available to someone entering the scientific field. I was looking for help and advice, to avoid common pitfalls by providing personal insights and perspectives based upon past experiences. Will I receive adequate guidance, perspective, and knowledge by a senior mentor and will the mentor be able to guide me through the jungle of “career-related questions”?

After hesitating for a short while, I decided to take on the challenge and started working on my application for the mentorship program. The application process was generally easy and straight forward. However, while several questions were obvious, others were quite challenging and profound. An intensive process of reflection started and included basics like “What do I really want to accomplish? What do I expect from a senior mentor? What are the metrics of a successful mentor-mentee match?”. I finally was ready to submit the application.

After about 2-4 weeks, I received the formal acceptance letter from the ESAIC office. I was paired with Pierre Diemunsch, professor and head of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Strasbourg, France. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be mentored by such a successful colleague, who shares the scientific interest in airway management and ventilation strategies. The first step was to initiate contact by emailing my mentor. He was receptive to talking, enthusiastic, respectful and appreciative of my time and effort when I first reached out. The official kick-off meeting was held during the ESAIC annual meeting. We discussed our aims and how we want to set-up our mentor-mentee relationship for the 2 years to follow. We identified 4 essential cornerstones of our mentor-mentee relationship: skills development, goal setting/ career planning, problem-solving, and networking. Additionally, Pierre and I started to work on several research projects. Some of them have been published so far and several others will follow in the near future. A successful mentorship requires dedication and commitment from both sides. Pierre and I have met 7 times in person during the mentorship period, and communicated via email, telephone or even text messages on a regular base. Pierre was keen to share stories of his journey through academia and offered advice on improving my CV as well as ways to enhance the opportunity to enhance my career as a clinician and researcher given my specific skill set. It has been amazing to see how open he has been to discuss the challenges and successes of my career.

The official mentor-mentee relationship ended 2 years after initiation, again at the ESAIC annual meeting. Although we received a diploma for finishing the mentorship program, this was not the finish of our collaboration. I am glad to say, that we still keep in touch and I still have a “mentor”, which I can call for help or advice.

Retrospectively, It was extremely important, to have a mentor from outside the own institution. Part of the benefit of going offsite, for example (I have had the pleasure to visit Pierre in Strasbourg)  is to focus on the dialogue and not be distracted by what’s going on in the hospital during the day. Additionally, a casual environment tends to open up the dialogue a little more—or at least for me, as I personally found it much more comfortable than being in the hospital.

It was not until later that I realized how lucky I was to have such a great mentor. If it were not for the guidance and help from these caring mentor, I had throughout the mentorship program and thereafter, I would have given up on my aspirations of a research career. The guidance, perspective, and knowledge shared with me by my mentor has been immeasurable for the progression of my career.

If there are several points, I have learned from being a mentee, it would be these:

  • Nobody’s experience is the same in science.
  • You have to be open to receive constructive feedback and critics. The mentorship should be less a venting session and more concerned with determining what I can do to grow personally and professionally.
  • Work hard, apply yourself and realize that you are not alone on your journey to a successful career.
  • Mentorship programs are essential and helpful. Pursue opportunities to connect with individuals at various levels of their training and/or career.

Feel inspired? Mentorship applications are now open for mentors and mentees! Apply here(website)
If you have some questions, please contact us at mentorship@esaic.org