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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.



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Newsletter 2021

Newsletter July 2021: Prof. Dr Dr.h.c.Wolfgang Dick (1936-2021)

On June 8th, 2021, the long-time director of the Department of Anaesthesiology and my esteemed predecessor, Univ.-Prof. Dr Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Dick died at the age of 84.

Professor Dick was born in Wesel, Germany in 1936 and passed the medical state examination and doctorate after studying medicine at the University of Cologne. After acquiring his license to practice medicine in 1965, he was trained as a specialist in anaesthesiology at the Universities of Mainz and Los Angeles and he completed his professorial thesis in 1970 in Mainz. In 1972 he moved to Ulm University as Head of Department II at the Department of Anaesthesiology, where he worked alongside his colleague and friend Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Ahnefeld.

Between 1973 and 1977 Prof. Dick acted as dean of the clinical-medical faculty of the University of Ulm and also represented the university hospital as its medical director. In 1982, with the tragic death of Rudolf Frey, Professor Dick was recalled to Mainz and appointed full professor of anaesthesiology at our university. Until his retirement in 2004, he worked here with the highest academic and clinical competence, disciplined, strict and kind at the same time, visionary and always committed to the further development of our speciality as well as the department.

With my appointment, I was allowed to take over a department that was one of the leading university institutions in Germany in terms of both the breadth of the spectrum and excellent academic and clinical performance. In particular, I could feel Wolfgang Dick’s signature, which stood for consistent, educated, well-read and reliable medicine and was unmistakably committed to the interests of the patient. While the quality management movement was still at the beginning of its development, Prof. Dick had long since firmly established and cultivated aspects such as process and structural quality as well as patient safety at his department. As a member of a circle of elite “academicians”, Prof. Dick counts as one of the founding fathers of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology, which he chaired as Honorary Secretary and later as President. With the political and social opening of Eastern Europe, the Academy functioned as an elementary level to establish uniform training at a high level and to unite European anaesthesiology.

Prof. Dick represented our university hospital as medical director and he acted as chairman of the European Resuscitation Council. In addition, Professor Dick represented the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine as its President. Professor Dick is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, held an honorary doctorate from the University of Poznan in Poland and has received the Medal of Honor from the German Society for Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.

Behind this personality of the highest national and international renown hides a reserved personality, humorous and of natural authority, who stood for reliability, diligence and honesty, a real gentleman.

Everyone who met Professor Dick, was trained by him, worked with him, orientated themselves on him and who had the honour to understand his attitude towards academic anaesthesiology, will miss him. Lost but not forgotten! Goodbye Prof. Dick and thank you very much.

Prof. Dr med. Christian Werner



The Chief Editor Note: Prof. Wolfgang Dick, one of the European Academy of Anaesthesia founders and a leading professional in our continent, was a good friend of mine. I used to meet him at the various congresses and meetings organised under the auspices of the European anaesthesia organisations. He was a physician but also a recognised successful teacher and leader in our field. OurEuropean anaesthesia community will miss him immensely.


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