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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 2021

Newsletter January 2021: The European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA): a new team for a new project

Nicolas Bruder, Michelle S. Chew, Patrice Forget, Tom G. Hansen, Dan Longrois, Anne-Claire Lukaszewicz, Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Marc Van de Velde

Charles Marc Samama – marc.samama@aphp.fr

The European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA) is the official journal of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC, formerly ESA). It is a leading journal with the 7th position among anaesthesiology and pain journals (2020) in the Web of Science Citation Index Platform. The mandate of the former editorial team (Editor-in-chief Matin Tramèr, deputy-editors-in-chief Walid Habre and Bernard Walder) has come to an end in September 2020 after more than 10 years. Thanks to a rigorous editorial policy with strict initial triage, professional reviewing, statistical and language editing, the implementation of the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for all manuscripts and adherence to international guidelines on adequate data reporting, the Geneva team has taken the impact factor from 1.4 to 4.5. On behalf of all ESAIC members, we would like to express our gratitude for their efforts.

Our new team has now taken over with the goal of especially increasing the focus on intensive care medicine (ICM) and perioperative medicine topics, as requested by the Board of Directors of the ESAIC and the current President, Prof. Kai Zacharowski. The content will be developed strategically to emphasize the link between anaesthesia, perioperative and intensive care medicine. Critical emergency medicine and pain are also areas to be developed.

In this regard, eight Deputy Editors-in-chief have been nominated. Three (Prof. Nicolas Bruder, France; Prof. Michelle S. Chew, Sweden, and Prof. Anne-Claire Lukaszewicz, France) are specialised in intensive care and perioperative medicine. Prof Dan Longrois from France is well known for his knowledge in methodology in anaesthesia and intensive care. Prof. Patrice Forget, UK, is mainly involved in clinical pharmacology and perioperative epidemiology.  Prof. Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Germany, is an anaesthetist and a leading pain specialist. Prof. Marc Van de Velde, Belgium, is a leading specialist in obstetric anaesthesia and paediatric anaesthesia. Finally, Prof. Tom G Hansen, Denmark, is also a leading specialist in paediatric anaesthesia.

Eight associate-editors, four language editors, two methodology, statistics and epidemiology editors, a book review editor and a new journal manager are also part of the group. In total, the EJA tasks are performed by25 highly motivated professionals.

The same editorial team will also manage a brand new journal as of early 2021. The title will be ‘The European Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (EJAIC)’. It will be a 100% Open Access journal. This new journal will consider all scientifically sound manuscripts which cannot be accepted for publication in EJA because of limited space. Basic Science with experimental studies and ICM manuscripts may thus have an additional opportunity to be published. The same EJA editorial team will manage EJAIC.


Here are the links of the Journal:

eja@theeditorialhub.com  for any questions about submitting a paper

(submission address: https://journals.lww.com/ejanaesthesiology/pages/default.aspx)

Our EJA(IC) new team is very pleased to share these new projects with you. As a summary:

  • One Editorial team for two journals, a shift towards increased [erioperative and ICM content with better and enhanced showcasing of the broader areas under the responsibilities of anaesthesiologists in alignment with the strategy defined by the ESAIC Board of Directors.
  • Improved visibility and recognition of EJA.
  • Development of an open-access journal, the EJAIC.


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