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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: Transition in the leadership of ESAIC’s Scientific Committee is marked by collaboration and continuity

In a time of rapid change in medicine, clinicians working in the fields of anaesthesiology and intensive care are facing a series of challenges and promises heralded by technological and therapeutic advances. ESAIC’s Scientific Committee members have the lofty task of tracing roadmaps for a new healthcare landscape, one defined by the intersection between clinical experience and the role of new technologies. As of January 2024, these experts recruited from across Europe are working to advance the Committee’s mission under the leadership of Prof. Michel MRF Struys, MD, PhD, FRCA. 

While Struys brings extensive knowledge and a unique vision to his new role, he is committed to preserving the legacy of former Chairperson Idit Matot. During Matot’s term, the Scientific Committee underwent significant structural changes to connect the different subspecialties and foster multidisciplinary collaboration to ensure cohesive care and optimal clinical outcomes. The Committee now has six forums designed to address specific issues, from a focus on patient care to technological advances and ethics.  

“The forums each have two Chairs, an intensivist and an anaesthesiologist because ESAIC is very keen to connect perioperative anaesthesiology and intensive care, but also pain management and emergency medicine,” Struys explained. “Within these forums, we have subforums with the different specialities. The new structure of the Scientific Committee is assisting us in executing our vision and mission in a much leaner and more accurate way than previously. While all these subcommittees work separately, with their own leadership and structure, they are all connected much more closely now.”  

Struys has made it his mission to consolidate the new structure, which was born out of extensive collaboration between the former and incoming Chairpersons. “My task now will be to make it work and find the right experts to fill the Committee positions,” he said. “One of the roles of the Chair is to detect and attract the right people to ESAIC.” These efforts are ultimately directed at the main goal that Struys and his colleagues are pursuing as clinicians: providing the highest level of patient care.  

The new term has begun on a note of collaboration, which is key to achieving and maintaining high standards in clinical care. “First of all, we should work together with all the other Committees to carry out the mission and vision of ESAIC,” Struys stressed. “We should try to provide our patients with the safest and highest-quality care through education based on accurate science and research. That is also my goal as an anaesthesiologist and as the Chair of an academic department.”  Struys serves as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and a Professor in the Department of Basic and Applied Medical Sciences at Ghent University in Belgium. “Patient safety and quality of patient care are on the highest level of priorities,” Struys added. “We have to collaborate with everybody inside ESAIC to promote that goal.” 

In recent years, the role of the Scientific Committee has evolved well beyond setting the agenda for the annual ESAIC meetings. While its members continue to be on the lookout for the latest trends and the hottest topics in anaesthesiology, which enables them to design a comprehensive program for major conferences such as Euroanaesthesia, they are also tasked with finding the right experts who will share their knowledge with other members of ESAIC. The new Chairperson’s agenda includes building a network of professionals who can support his efforts to identify and bring such experts on board. By enlisting the right experts, the Scientific Committee can fulfil its role of developing content for educational activities and events and lay the groundwork for other components of ESAIC.  

Experts and researchers from every corner of the continent form the backbone of ESAIC’s Scientific Committee. However, their participation in the Committee is limited to a three-year mandate. “The biggest challenge is to find the right people with the necessary expertise to dedicate the time,” Struys noted. “It is an unpaid role that is part of their academic career and their work in clinical practice or academic settings. Everywhere in the world, and certainly in Europe, there is a lot of pressure on healthcare professionals. It is harder and harder for organisations like ESAIC to find people who can take on a role like being a Committee member.”  

In attracting and retaining talent, the leadership of the Scientific Committee should also be guided by the tenets of diversity and inclusivity, Struys said. Rules are already in place to ensure geographic diversity by limiting the number of participants from any given country in each forum. “We are also very careful with gender balance,” Struys added. “We want to have inclusivity and diversity in our Committee regarding gender and nationality. One of my goals in my term is to focus on diversity and inclusivity in the Scientific Committee.” Diverse perspectives and backgrounds may become important assets as the Scientific Committee continues to navigate modern-age issues, such as the role and limitations of artificial intelligence-enabled systems and the efficacy and safety of new therapies.

Prof. Michel MRF Struys (MD, PhD, FRCA) – Chair of the ESAIC Scientific Committee

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