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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 2023

Newsletter March 2023: Education and Training Committee 2022 report

Stefan De Hert
Chair of the ESAIC Education & Training Committee

The Education and Training Committee is an umbrella committee overseeing and coordinating the education and training activities at ESAIC.

2022 has been a successful year; below are the main achievements: Education Tuesday – the education activity has been released every Tuesday and touches upon various subjects for different learners, from young trainees to expert anesthesiologists in various fields.

Podcasts have been a real success: 30 thousand listeners for the first ten episodes. This is why we have decided to double the number of podcasts in 2023 and are already busy with the recordings.

The Academy has been redesigned and modernised to offer a better learning experience to our community members. In 2021 and 2022, ESAIC organised 23 webinars, creating 55 thousand accesses of unique users to the Academy. In 2023, while the live webinar event will be open to the whole community, the content hosted on the Academy Platform will be reserved for ESAIC Members.

Last year we successfully organised the first “Theme of the Month” on Obstetric Safety – 4 live events every Tuesday of the same month, covering different aspects of the same topic. The next one will be on “The Brain Health” in October 2023.

A complete Education Manual is created every year and shared with our industry partners to inform them about the upcoming opportunities to sponsor Education activities. In addition, it helped us build a better process to secure funding for our projects.

All of these achievements have only been possible thanks to the dedicated efforts and engagement of the e-learning committee members and the scientific subcommittees involved with the ESAIC education and training staff.

In 2021 and 2022, we have been assessing all the Education projects and decided to reshape and relaunch some of them to ensure that the projects evolve following the evolution of the educational needs.

In 2023 we will launch a new, updated Exchange Programme to cover different areas and allow more members to participate in an exchange that will enrich their professional life.

The Teach The Teacher Course will be relaunched in 2024 as a Train The Trainer Course, where participants will develop knowledge and skills to train other trainers in Europe.

The Simulation Committee continues to work towards establishing a European standard for integrating simulation into residency anaesthesiology training programmes. In 2022 the committee organised an Utstein-type meeting to bring an international panel of experts in simulation together to discuss and plan how a residency training programme should integrate simulation training. This will create a template for a European-level initiative. In addition, ESAIC, in collaboration with SESAM, began working this year to support the Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care  (SRATI) to develop faculty to run standardised difficult airway training (NAAM course) for residents across the whole of Romania. This marks the beginning of Romania integrating simulation training into their residency training programme, an ambitious and essential project. Similar projects are planned with other ESAIC member countries.

CEEA is redesigning the curriculum to better fit the European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA)’s European Training Requirement (ETR) in Anaesthesiology and to implement more intensive care medicine topics, to be in line with the ESAIC aims and goals.

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