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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 2021

Newsletter July 2021: Intensive and Critical Care Take Centre Stage at the 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists

Daniela Filipescu

With 24 different scientific tracks, each led by global experts, the 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists has something for every ESAIC member. Reading the newly released WCA scientific programme it is noticeable how much of the agenda, training and networking opportunities relate to Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (ICCM). Join us from the 1st to the 5th of September and be part of this extraordinary learning experience.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the absolute importance of ICCM, a pillar of our speciality, for each and every healthcare system. Anaesthesiologists around the world have led the critical care management of COVID-19 patients, both in and out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). One only has to recall the anaesthesiologist featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s 2020 special on “Heroes of the Frontline” to see how mainstream ICCM is becoming among the general public.

Anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine are intricate medical fields that share a common base of physiological and pathophysiological knowledge, that address together various critical medical situations, and that is focused on patient safety.

In some countries, ICCM has separated into an independent speciality, however, this is not the case in many parts of the world. Some countries do have separate societies for intensive care or critical care medicine, but most members in these separate societies still identify as anaesthesiologists. At the ESAIC, the intensive care pillar of our speciality is clearly evidenced by its incorporation into our name in 2020. The WFSA has also prioritised it by creating an ICCM Committee. The initial focus of this committee has been on managing COVID-19, but its long-term aim is to improve pre and post-operative care for acute life-threatening illnesses and also for those critically ill patients not needing operative care.

The intensive and critical care component of the WCA comes from the perspective of educating and enabling delegates to provide the optimal care for critically ill patients. The WCA programme includes presentations, learning sessions on different aspects of ICCM, including all forms of life support techniques, invasive monitoring and treatments, resuscitation, and end-of-life care. Sessions include:

  •  Acute respiratory failure
  • What is new in critical care – from burns through to the neurological.
  • COVID-19 – critical care throughout the pandemic: experience-based vs. evidence-based
  • CPR and critical emergency medicine
  • Initial management of the septic patient
  • The ICU of tomorrow
  • Ultrasound in anaesthesia, critical and emergency care.

Alongside the comprehensive scientific programme, there are a series of interactive Meet the Expert sessions and Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLD) in which delegates discuss approaches for up to 10 different clinical scenarios based on a given subject area, including ICCM.

The scientific programme also includes sessions related to other fields of continuous interest within anaesthesiology, such as safe medical training through simulation, patient safety and gender equity.

In light of the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the 17th WCA will be entirely virtual. Moving online for the first time provides an exciting opportunity to ensure that WCA 2021 is the most accessible gathering of its kind. For those who have never been able to travel to a WCA this online format opens up the possibility of attending. The virtual platform provides unique opportunities to meet, collaborate and share experiences with a truly worldwide network of anaesthesiologists and intensivists.

In addition, National Member Societies can apply to have a free-of-charge virtual booth at the Global Anaesthesia Village at which they can promote the work of their society to all delegates. Further information about the WCA including registration and the Global Anaesthesia Village is available through WCA2021.org.


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