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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.



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Newsletter March 2024: How I overcame my fear of Paediatric Anaesthesia and ICU

At the end of my residency, content but exhausted after passing my exams between Covid-19 shifts, with no clear future perspectives, I seized the so much more optimistic opportunity offered by the ESAIC to deepen my knowledge in an area of interest of my choice, during a 3-month Trainee Exchange Programme. I was thankfully chosen, and in return, I picked Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care because it was my dearest internship, one short-lived because of the messy pandemic, but also because it was the speciality I was most uncomfortable with due to my little experience with paediatric patients and the supplemental responsibility involved. The time finally came to discover the wonderful Hospital Timone Enfants, part of the APHM, in Marseille, the second largest children’s dedicated hospital in France; a centre of referral with a great tradition in paediatrics, the workplace and university of Arthur Fallot, currently dealing with any paediatric pathology imaginable, from the simplest to the rarest and most challenging illnesses. First of all, this country is renowned for having one of the best public healthcare systems in the world, something that was incredible to observe and take part in, starting from the way the medical waste is being recycled to their deontological beliefs, especially coming from a place that still has many unattended and unresolved issues. From a medical point of view, I wished to split my time there between the Intensive Care Unit and the operating theatre. My goal was to see many types of acute and chronic diseases and their management, especially in children undergoing procedures parallel to a heavily associated pathology. Being a centre that treats children with complex congenital illnesses, lifelong care is given – the first lesson learned is that a child that is operated on is not necessarily cured, taking, for example, most malformation diseases.

The level of care and medical management is impressive; patients are admitted to the ICU from different hospitals in the south of France, which would have, in my country, very little chance of survival, and with very few exceptions, are brought back to life and their families. The first line of work is done by a dedicated and proficient team of nurses, with a strong collaboration of paediatricians and surgeons from different specialities, integrating the younger generations and giving them liberty to practice and learn. Even if there is no perfect work environment, competence, communication, and common-sense decisions are always privileged in a relaxed atmosphere as much as possible. To portray this, I chose two photos, one presenting the high level of medical performance and investment that takes place in the patient’s room and in parallel, near the central monitoring station, the periodic visits from the hospital’s clowns, suggesting the joy of working with children, the high level of empathy manifested towards them and their families in times of heavy burden. This was the second lesson learned: never let your patient see your heart is broken for them. The third lesson is the one I was most hoping to assimilate, regarding my fear of the unknown in this context, of stabilising a patient with a pathology I know very little of, considering the many “surprises” in associated diseases a child can have. Of course, I will not be able to know everything about every disease and its implications in anaesthesia and ICU, but working in a guideline-oriented and applied medical environment is the starting point in managing any patient, and also knowing that help from a skilled paediatrician is close. I am eager to return home and practice what I have learned with more wisdom and confidence. I have no negative comments regarding my Paediatric Anaesthesia peers in my country; I am very thankful for what they have taught me. What I would change is our system. First, gathering all paediatric specialities in one building, one hospital in Cluj-Napoca, creates a functional working environment and partnership between all specialities that treat children. This would help resolve many shortcomings from the lack of appropriate medical devices, having the “know-how” in standard working conditions, and ultimately letting go of the attitude of “whatever works is fine”, which is incompatible with paediatrics or medicine in general. In the end, I would like to thank Prof. Fabrice Michel for accepting me and giving me the liberty to see and learn everything I was interested in, his wonderful colleagues, who were very welcoming, the ESAIC for still fulfilling young people’s dreams, and Marseille – an incredible city, an advocate for tolerance and appreciation of life in general.


  • Iris Aszalos (MD) – 5th-year resident in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Emergency Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases, Bucharest