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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: The ESAIC Mentorship Programme: not a Sci-Fi movie

Once upon a time, in a bustling European city, there was a young and ambitious professional named Anna who was determined to make a name for herself in the competitive world of anaesthesia, intensive care, and perioperative medicine. She knew that to succeed, she needed guidance and support from someone who had already walked the path she aspired to follow. That’s when she met her mentor, a well-known senior consultant named Michelle.

Michelle took Anna under her wing and shared her wealth of knowledge and experience with her eager mentee. She taught Anna the ins and outs of the research community, introduced her to key contacts, and provided invaluable advice on navigating the challenges of a fast-paced career. With Michelle’s guidance, Anna’s career began to soar to new heights.

As Anna continued to learn and grow under Michelle’s mentorship, she realised the true power of having a mentor in her corner. Not only did Michelle help her advance in her career, but she also became a trusted confidante and friend. Their connection went beyond professional development – a bond glowed with mutual respect and admiration.

Through their mentor-mentee relationship, Anna gained the confidence and skills she needed to excel as a researcher and, ultimately, as a physician. She learned to go beyond the superficial reading of articles, take novel research hypotheses, and embrace new opportunities with courage and determination. Michelle’s unwavering support and encouragement fueled Anna’s passion for expanding her scientific production and inspired her to reach even greater heights.

As Anna’s career flourished, she never forgot Michelle’s impact on her professional journey. She promised herself to pay it forward and become a mentor to others starting their careers. She knew firsthand the transformative power of mentorship and the profound effect it could have on someone’s life.

In the end, Anna’s story was a testament to the profound impact of mentors on one’s career. Through her connection with Michelle, she found success in medical research and discovered the true value of mentorship – a glowing bond that lights the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

Do you like this story? This could be you in the following years. At the ESAIC Mentorship Programme, we can fuel your energy and motivation through the appropriate path to let big things happen (with your relentless effort and perseverance!). This programme runs for two years and will connect you with renowned researchers in our field who will guide you in this journey. Besides, you will be able to connect with other mentees like you in specific forums, such as the Mentee Club, where you can discuss and enrich your perspectives. In each Euroanesthesia congress, we will meet in the kickoff meeting with other mentors and mentees who share the same interests and concerns as you. Each year, we also project a series of virtual workshops engaging with renowned experts, such as the last collaboration with the European Journal of Anesthesia editors. In this workshop that targeted a small group of participants, we could raise doubts and ask questions directly in a relaxed environment. New projects are ready for the upcoming months in the pipeline to keep growing and expanding our frontiers.

Over the past year, as the Mentorship Programme Leader, I have seen younger colleagues achieving their goals and crossing their comfort zones. We often say that relationships are like keeping a plant alive; we need water to grow, but when you get water with extra nutrients, all the sprouts will flourish. It is an honour and a privilege for me to enable these magic connections between senior and younger fellows that make long-lasting bonds. My most valuable contribution is to put people at the core of my commitments and always be kind, especially to those in a difficult situation. I would not be the same person I am today if not for my two mentors, Arash Afshari and Giovanni Landoni. I cannot be prouder of what I have learned from them and what I am still learning. Yes, I was also a mentee, and I’ve been there and done that. Still, I advise you to surround yourself with people smarter than you and blend with all kinds of people with different skills and backgrounds. Go to other places to hear those people who are at the top, ask questions every time you don’t understand something, be respectful and let yourself be creative and innovative. Learning is a treasure that will follow you…everywhere.


  • Carolina Soledad Romero García – Consultant Anesthesiologist and Critical Care at Hospital General Universitario. Assistant Professor at Universidad Europea de Valencia. Guidelines Committee member of the European Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care (ESAIC) & Junior Methodologist at ESAIC. Research Mentorship Programme Leader at ESAIC. US GRADE & Evidence Foundation Scholar.

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