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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 2023

Newsletter March 2023: Sustainability Committee 2022 report

Patricio Gonzalez-Pizarro
Chair of ESAIC Sustainability Committee

Green means go!

Sustainability is a hot topic. It is everywhere these days, and while we may be getting saturated with the word, we must turn our attention to the concept, especially its environmental dimension. Climate change is a defining issue for our generation. The carbon footprint of clinical practice accounts for 4.7% of total European emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), and the EU ranks as the third largest contributor to the global healthcare industry’s footprint, with a share of 12% after the US (27%) and China (17%).

What is our share of responsibility in these numbers? Volatile anaesthetics are responsible for roughly 0.10% of global GHG emissions. The operating rooms are the most resource-intensive areas in hospital care due to higher energy demands, complex supply chains and waste management. This puts us in a position of particular responsibility to make our practice more sustainable. For this reason, the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) is committed to becoming a key promoter of sustainability in the healthcare sector. This is why the ESAIC Sustainability Committee was created a few years ago.

As the work of the Committee progressed, we realized that our knowledge of current sustainability practices across our countries and hospitals was patchy. Therefore, in 2021, we endeavoured to assess current sustainability practices by launching an International Survey (“The Carbon footprint of Anaesthesiologists”), disseminated worldwide but focusing on European countries. The data we gathered allows us to develop tailored education activities and train anaesthesiologists to fill our identified gaps. The survey also highlighted technological and educational gaps among member countries, which must also guide our efforts.

Euroanaesthesia 2023 will be a Green milestone

One of the expected highlights of Euroanaesthesia 2023 is the announcement of a Glasgow Declaration on Sustainability. Modelled on the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety, it will enshrine our commitment and trace a path to progress towards more sustainable practice in the years to come.

The name Glasgow comes from the Celtic “Cleschi”, meaning “Dear Green Place” – a fitting venue to give sustainability its first-ever dedicated booth in the Exhibition Hall of our annual congress. In our Dear Green Place, speakers, attendees and industry representatives will have the opportunity to interact privately to discuss the latest technologies and approaches to deliver care more sustainably. The Dear Green Place will also host the very first sustainability poster presentations. Euroanaesthesia 2023 will also, for the first time, make room for a sustainability theme at the National Societies Village around the theme “How to improve sustainability in anaesthesia and intensive care: situational awareness and national initiatives”. And there will be two dedicated Lightning Talks symposia on this subject and plenty of time to mingle and interact with the speakers.

Consensus Recommendations and Educational Solutions

In addition to the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainability, during 2023, we will issue our ESAIC Consensus Recommendations on Sustainability. These will provide you with concise guidance to reduce direct emissions produced during anaesthesia practice (scope 1); optimize energy consumption (scope 2); improve procurement and waste management (scope 3); and provide resources to enhance our working environment and self-care (scope 4). These recommendations will be endorsed by sustainability experts from various ESAIC member countries, ensuring that they reflect diverse perspectives and national circumstances.

Moreover, throughout 2023, we will collaborate with the Education Committee towards various educational activities, starting with an ESAIC Talks Podcast and a Sustainability Webinar as part of the Education Tuesdays series.

What it is to come

The world faces an environmental crisis in which we have a small but significant role. And our efforts to make our care more sustainable will only bear fruit if we engage our broader communities. Therefore I encourage you to speak up for sustainability and partner with your colleagues at your institutions and national and international societies. The challenge at hand is Herculean and may seem overwhelming, but together we can make extraordinary changes.

We look forward to meeting you at Euroanaesthesia23 in Glasgow!

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