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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 2024

Newsletter January 2024: Empowering Excellence - Prof. Wolfgang Buhre’s ESAIC President Message for 2024

Dear readers, 

In the “Note from the ESAIC President” section, we are publishing a few words from Prof. Wolfgang Buhre, the new President of ESAIC. His appointment marks a pivotal moment as we embark on a transformative journey in 2024.  

With deep gratitude for the trust and support of fellow council and board members, Prof. Buhre is dedicated to leading ESAIC towards even greater excellence in perioperative and intensive care medicine. ESAIC’s reputation is grounded in science, research, education, examination, and outstanding guidelines. Prof. Buhre aims to strengthen these foundations while fostering collaboration and unity within our community. He commends the efforts of his predecessor and board members during the challenges of 2023, setting the stage for a promising future. 

Prof. Buhre’s presidency focuses on the synergistic relationship with national and sister societies, both European but also worldwide. He aims to continue the successful roadmap to a sustainable perioperative environment, one of society’s greatest challenges. It also includes plans for a comprehensive European database on perioperative medicine, collaboration with the European Pain Federation (EFIC), and highlighting the role of anaesthesiologists in intensive care and emergency medicine.  

Despite challenges like the shortage of medical practitioners and economic pressures, Prof. Buhre believes in our collective ability to overcome challenges and empower excellence across Europe. 

Empowering Excellence: Prof. Wolfgang Buhre’s ESAIC President Message for 2024

I am deeply honoured and humbled to address you as the newly appointed President of ESAIC. As we embark on this exciting journey, I extend my gratitude to my fellow NASC and board members for their trust and support. Together, we will strengthen perioperative-, emergency and intensive care medicine with enthusiasm and dedication. 

ESAIC has consistently been an example of excellence in our field, and my vision is to perpetuate this tradition by actively contributing to advancing European perioperative and intensive care medicine. We aim to serve our esteemed members and collaborate with national and international societies, nurturing our speciality. ESAIC’s reputation is built on the pillars of science, research, education, exceptional guidelines, and a renowned examination and mentorship programme. In our ever-evolving world, we encounter challenges, pitfalls, and risks, which can only be overcome when we unite as a formidable team. 

I extend my appreciation to Prof. Edoardo de Robertis and all current and retired board members for their tireless efforts throughout 2023. It was a year marked by trials, yet it also saw notable achievements and successes. 

During my presidency, I aim to focus on the following: 

  1. Strengths and Ambitions of ESAIC: ESAIC has consistently demonstrated its ambition, aspiring to:
    • Seamlessly combine education, research, examination, and guidelines. 
    • Foster sustainability through a well-defined roadmap. 
    • Cultivate close relationships with sister societies, including EACTAIC, ESPA, and others. 
    • Advocate for our speciality with a strong European voice on the European stage. 
    • Emphasise the importance of open bi-directional communication to effectively serve our members. 
  1. The Ambition Ahead: Our goal is to establish a comprehensive European database on perioperative medicine. This will be a major step forward in analysing quality and establishing real-world data research. Additionally, we plan to enhance our collaboration with the European Pain Federation (EFIC) to address emerging fields in pain medicine. Furthermore, we will delve into the vital role of anaesthesiologists in the field of emergency medicine. The era of connectivity and artificial intelligence creates new opportunities. 
  2. Challenges We Face: In our journey, we must acknowledge and address certain challenges:
    • The severe shortage of medical professionals poses a threat not only to the well-being of our medical professionals but also to the ability to help our patients… 
    • Healthcare systems face enormous economic pressure in several countries. 
    • The potential impact of waiting lists and production pressure on the time available for essential activities. 

As we embark on this new year, I am confident that we can overcome these challenges together, leverage our strengths, and realise our ambitions. ESAIC is not just an organisation; it is a community of dedicated professionals committed to the betterment of our speciality. 

I look forward to working hand in hand with all of you as we continue to empower excellence in perioperative and intensive care medicine across Europe. 

Beyond our professional endeavours, I wish every one of you a healthy, peaceful, and successful 2024. 

Yours sincerely, 
Prof. Wolfgang Buhre  
President, ESAIC  

Wolfgang Buhre, M.D, FESAIC is the Professor of Perioperative Medicine and Anaesthesiology at the University of Utrecht (UU), The Netherlands. He chairs the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University Medical Center Utrecht and is the Co-Director of the Department of Operating Theatres. (UMCU)

His research is embedded in the research track Circulatory Health. Wolfgang Buhre is the president of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. He serves as steering committee member or principal investigator of a number of national and multinational trials dedicated to perioperative outcome in high risk patients (EGDT, TRACE, POSE). He is also responsible for leading a ESAIC research group studying perioperative fluid management (PHOENICS,THETHYS) in patients undergoing high risk surgery.

Wolfgang has published more than 200 articles, supervised more than 15 PhD. students and is a well renowned speaker at national and international conferences. He is one of the authors of the recent ESAIC guideline on environmental sustainability and the Glasgow Declaration on sustainability in the perioperative period. Within the ESAIC, Wolfgang is active since 2002 and has served as member of different committees, in particular as member and chair of the Research Committee and the research mentorship program.


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