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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: Leading Research Initiatives in Anaesthesiology: An Interview with Prof. Coburn, ESAIC's New Research Committee Chair

First and foremost, congratulations on your chairmanship, Prof. Coburn. As you embark on this new journey in 2024, we’re interested in learning more about your background as a medical practitioner. Can you share with us your personal journey as an anaesthesiologist and your involvement with the ESAIC? How have your experiences shaped your perspective on the field, and what motivated you to take on the role of Research Committee Chairperson?

I started my clinical career in 2004 at the Department of Anaesthesiology University Hospital Aachen. Since 2010, I have been a consultant, and from 2014, I was a senior consultant in Aachen until 2020, when I was appointed Head and Chair of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Bonn. I have been an ESAIC member since 2008 and became the ESAIC Research Group POSE chair in 2017. Further, I chaired the Scientific Subcommittee of Geriatric Anaesthesiology from 2016 until 2019. I have also been a Research Committee member from 2020 to 2022, which allowed me to discover the various ESAIC research programmes from the organisational point of view. What motivated me to apply as Research Committee chair is that research is a key pillar of the ESAIC with its Clinical Trial Network (CTN), Academic Contract Research Organisation (A-CRO), Grants and Research Groups. The ESAIC offers a unique platform for research, education and networking. Further, there is a sense of urge to offer, motivate and engage the future generation of anaesthetists and intensivists for research through programmes such as the ESAIC Research Mentorship Programme. 

As the newly appointed Research Committee Chairperson, what are your top priorities in advancing research within the ESAIC? Additionally, what challenges do you anticipate facing in this role, and how do you plan to address them to foster meaningful contributions to the field of anaesthesiology?

In addition to the well-established programmes, I aim to foster research in intensive care medicine, environmental research, and digital medicine, such as augmented reality and artificial intelligence. We need to connect with industry and funders to acquire future projects for the A-CRO. We will also reach out to specialist and national societies to bundle research activities under the umbrella of the ESAIC.  

How do you plan to align your role as the Research Committee Chair with ESAIC’s strategy on Research, Clinical Trials, and Big Data? How will you integrate these aspects into the ESAIC network to improve patient outcomes and contribute to evidence-based practices, particularly in the peri-operative setting?

I believe there is a sense of urgency to offer, motivate, and engage the future generation of anaesthetists and intensivists in research. Promoting and underlining the enthusiasm of younger and older colleagues to confront challenges through teamwork in research has become and remains an integral part of me. 

In closing, we would appreciate a personal message for our community. As the newly appointed Chair for Research, what words of guidance or encouragement would you like to share with them? Let us call it a word from our new Research Chair. 

Research is the fundamental basis of the ESAIC, which optimises patient care. Research is teamwork, and a lot can be achieved within the ESAIC. Let’s go!  


  • Mark Coburn (MD, PhD) – ESAIC Research Committee Chair, University Hospital Bonn, Germany.