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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 March 2024: How representation shapes aspiring trainee anaesthesiologists

Edoardo De Robertis, the ESAIC immediate past President, has always highlighted trainees’ indispensable contributions to the Society. He emphasises the importance of their involvement in the Society’s structure, particularly in committees where decisions are made. According to De Robertis, it’s not simply about giving trainees a seat at the table; it’s about ensuring their perspectives are given the weight they deserve. Trainees offer valuable insights because they are on the front lines, experiencing the most current practices and confronting the latest challenges. Their active participation in committees is vital for promoting a culture of inclusivity within the speciality. Moreover, it ensures that the decisions made are pertinent and reflect the evolving nature of the medical field and the ESAIC. De Robertis advocates for this integration to acknowledge the evolving dynamics of healthcare and ensure that society remains at the forefront of medical advancement and patient care. 

Sometimes, it might be challenging to understand why including a trainee representative in every committee or council is beneficial. But just as the gap between the young and the old is permanent, there is a specialist-trainee gap and the phenomenon of quickly forgetting the experiences and challenges of being a trainee. Forgetting that feeling when you don’t know where you belong, your direction, and what you want or can do. Often, in the complex dynamics of healthcare settings, the specific needs of trainees, which differ significantly from those of established specialists, can be overlooked or undervalued. Having a trainee as part of a committee or council helps bridge the understanding gap between different levels of professionals within the field. Additionally, it’s unfortunate that several mentors, due to lack of time or will, find themselves unable to fully commit to their role in guiding and supporting trainees, which is crucial for their professional development and growth. This is where the importance of the society, such as ESAIC itself and trainee representation, can be seen as access to knowledge, ideas and opportunities to vocalise our problems.

Trainees are the future of any medical speciality. Their involvement in committees and councils ensures that the future direction is shaped toward upcoming trends, innovations, and generational shifts in practice and approach. Trainee representation ensures that trainees’ unique perspectives and needs are directly voiced and advocated for in the decision-making processes. This is crucial for developing inclusive, beneficial, and relevant policies and programs for everyone.

We must not forget that all current and future specialists started as trainees; no one can skip that step. By including trainees in committees, their voices are heard. They are the ones who can convey how it is on the “field”, what troubles them, where they feel insufficient to be heard, and where they are deprived. Certainly, it’s essential to shape the educational process during specialisation to ensure that, upon becoming specialists, everyone possesses a level of knowledge and skills that meet the standards expected of a professional in this field.

It is also vital to recognise that the visibility of trainees should be initiated by prominent organisations like the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC). This form of representation can serve as a catalyst, encouraging hospitals and other healthcare institutions to integrate trainee representatives into their own frameworks and decision-making structures. Such a trend can set a precedent, underscoring the value of trainee input and ensuring their perspectives are considered in a broader range of healthcare settings. Trainees can contribute to their home-based hospitals by transferring ideas, further developing the profession, and ultimately providing better patient care.

It can inspire systemic institutional changes, leading to more inclusive policies and practices.

Furthermore, participation in these bodies offers trainees invaluable experience in leadership, governance, and the inner workings of professional societies. Such involvement significantly adds to professional development beyond clinical or academic training.

At ESAIC, our commitment extends towards ensuring equality in terms of gender and geographical representation. We recognise that only some come from the same background, with variances across cultural, educational, and regional lines. It’s crucial to remain aware of these differences and to embrace diversity inclusively. By doing so, we pave the way for trainees from smaller hospitals, less prominent cities, and smaller countries, offering them the visibility and assurance that they, too, have significant roles to play in large societies such as ESAIC. This approach enriches our organisation with many perspectives and fosters an environment where diverse backgrounds are seen as a strength, encouraging wider participation and contribution from a varied demographic. It also helps trainees from all backgrounds feel valued and understood, which can enhance their training experience and professional development. This can lead to more open discussions about underrepresented groups’ challenges, fostering an environment where all trainees feel comfortable sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

The participation of a trainee representation enriches every committee. They contribute to diversity in committees and councils, not just in age but also in background, experience, and perspective. This diversity leads to a more comprehensive and inclusive perspective and new innovative ideas. Also, being actively engaged in current training programs, trainees provide real-time feedback on the effectiveness and relevance of policies and educational strategies, allowing for more dynamic and responsive adaptations.

The importance of visibility also lies in the fact that through the Trainee Committee and the network of specialists, we have the opportunity to hear the trainees’ problems and wishes. This enables us, through representativeness, to engage in meaningful dialogues with our colleagues, bring these issues to the council, and collaboratively work towards finding possible solutions.

It is also important to know that every step, even a small step forward, is important. Just as the generations before us fought for the opportunity to be heard and seen, we must provide new opportunities for trainees so that future generations can take those opportunities, offer new ideas, and further develop the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care.


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  • Antonia Kustura (MD)Division of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Sestre milosrdnice University Hospital Center, Zagreb, Croatia. ESAIC Education and Training Committee, eLearning Committee Trainee Representative