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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: Research Committee 2022 report

Alexander Zarbock – Chair of the ESAIC Research Committee
Sylvia Daamen, Pierre Harlet, Saman Sepehr, Sophie Debouche, and Julia Dowell

This has been a busy and successful year for the Research Department, with many ongoing projects.

ESAIC Awards and Grants

grant-winners-2022-1-768x510-1We are happy to announce that in 2022 a total of 240.000€ was distributed among Research Grant winners. The grants were the Andreas Hoeft’s Grant (70€k, dedicated in 2022 to Anaesthesiology – winner: Daqing Ma), the Research Project Grant (50€k, dedicated in 2022  to Intensive Care – winner: Charissa van den Brom), the Sintetica Grant (20€K, dedicated to Hemodynamic support – winner: Adrian Wong) and the BJA – ESAIC Grant (100 €K, this is a collaboration between the ESAIC and the BJA Charity – winner: Susanne Eberl).

The submission process for the four 2023 Grants was initiated in 2022.

Clinical Trial Networks (CTN)

The ESAIC CTN  provides an infrastructure for Institutions, clinicians, and scientists to work collaboratively across international borders to improve patients’ care in Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care, Perioperative Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Pain Medicine.

In 2022, there were four CTN studies actively recruiting patients, and recruitment is planned to end  in 2023 (Clinical Trial Network | ESAIC)

Two of the studies were selected in 2018:

  • SQUEEZE: A prospective multi-centre international observational study of postoperative vasopressor use.

The chief investigators are Dr Ib Jammer and Dr Ben Creagh-Brown.

By the end of 2022, SQUEEZE recruited 19200 subjects and 2900 subjects for the SQUEEZE – UK substudy.

  • ARCTIC-I: Anaesthesiological Routine Care for Thrombectomy in Cerebral Ischaemia

The chief investigator of this study is Dr Andreas Ranft, and by the end of 2022, this study managed to recruit 1665 subjects.

The other two studies were selected in 2020:

  • MOPED: Management and Outcomes of Perioperative Care of European Diabetic Patients. The chief investigator is Prof. Donal J Buggy, and 2373 subjects were recruited by the end of the year.
  •  ENCORE: (The effects of anaesthetic techniques on time to start of adjuvant chemotherapy, and early- and late outcomes following surgery for colorectal cancer; the CI is Prof. Max Bell, and1990subjects were recruited by the end of the year.


The ESAIC runs a Mentorship Programme to promote the professional development of young researchers and established investigators. The one-to-one mentoring model enables the result of a personal relationship and provides individual support for the mentee.

At the end of 2022, Prof. Wolfgang Buhre left his position as Mentorship programme leader to be replaced by Prof. Carolina Soledad Romero.

For the 2020-2022 Programme, eight pairs graduated in the Award Ceremony in EA22 in Milan. A total of 19 publications came out of successful partnerships.

For the 2022-2024 Programme, 14 pairs have been selected and had their kick-off meeting at Milan EA2022. Additionally, Virtual Classrooms are provided for all Mentors and Mentees. The new programme will be launched in 2023.

Research Group

Research groups are supported by the e ESAIC Research Committee. In 2022 there were seven groups, and the PARNET group will start in 2023: EURO-PERISCOPE, POSE, PROVENet, RAPNET, PANDOS, NMBM-Net, and PRoVENT2+.Research Groups | ESAIC


Another exciting activity of the research department is surveys. Once the topic has been selected and approved by the Research Committee, a survey task force is built to develop the survey. In 2022, there were two publications for the launched surveys:

Multicenter international survey on the clinical use of inhaled nitric oxide in the perioperative setting and critically ill patients Survey on inhaled nitric oxide (2022)

The practice of oxygen use in anesthesiology- a survey of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (2022)

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