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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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ESAIC Podcast on Anaesthesia and Intensive Care


The ESAIC Podcast series covers all the aspects of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, aimed at different targets.

Podcasts are free to listen/download via the ESAIC website and made available via the various streaming websites.

You can also listen and subscribe to our podcast on popular streaming platforms.


Released Podcast Episodes

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23 April 2024

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Intraoperative pain monitoring, myth or reality?

Studies have shown that monitoring and treating intraoperative nociceptive events can lead to less postoperative pain, making it a critical aspect of patient care during surgery. Still there is a difference in the perceived importance of anesthetic depth vs antinociception monitoring among anaesthetists. Which are the reasons behind this reality? Is it possible to guarantee […]

09 April 2024

Chronic postsurgical pain

How chronic post-surgical pain is being defined? How many patients suffer from chronic post-surgical pain after a surgery? Is it possible to prevent chronic post-surgical pain? What about neuropathic pain? Join our host, Prof. Ulrike Stamer, in an in-depth discussion with Prof. Patrice Forget and learn more about this significant topic. Chronic postsurgical pain | […]

26 March 2024

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The Known Unknowns: things we know that we do not know in paediatric perioperative care

Why is difficult to define relevant outcomes in Paediatric Anaesthesia research? Can adverse events be considered as relevant outcomes at all? In this episode, our host, Dr Nicola Groes Clausen, discusses with Prof. Laszlo Vutskits the relevant outcomes of Paediatric Anaesthesia and research. Join them in their enlightening discussion and get informed. The Known Unknowns: […]

12 March 2024

Sustainability in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care: Linking local projects for national results

How the anaesthetic practice affects the environment? What are the ways through which changes in current practices can be instituted? What about the main barriers to change? How institutional changes can reach the grassroots level? In this episode, our host, Dr Paul McConnell, discusses with Dr Kenneth Barker, part of the Green Anaesthesia Scotland Group, […]

13 February 2024

The Friday midnight ICU readmission

What is the actual definition of the ICU readmission? Which are the rates and the main reasons behind readmissions of previously discharged patients? In this episode, our Host, Dr Yael Lichter, discusses challenging dogmas in ICU readmission with Ms. Jillian Hartin and Mr. John Welch, experts in the field. Join their discussion and learn more […]

06 February 2024

Captivating Careers – a conversation with Jennifer Hunter

Prof. Jennifer Hunter has a wealth of clinical and academic experience. Her long and eventful career has given her a rightful place as a leading figure in Anaesthesiology. She was the first woman to become Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and Chair of the European Society of Anaesthesiology Scientific Programme Committee. She was […]

23 January 2024

What ESAIC can do for you – A recap of 2023 and our 2024 resolutions

What are the most important achievements ESAIC has realised over the past years? Which are the strategic projects ESAIC will be focusing on in the coming years? Join our host, Cathy Weynants, CEO of ESAIC, in an in-depth discussion with ESAIC President Prof. Wolfgang Buhre and ESAIC Past President, Prof. Edoardo De Robertis, and find […]

09 January 2024

Mediation in Medicine (defusing conflicts between families and medical teams)

What are the key causes of conflicts between patients, families, and health practitioners? Are there specific situations and times where conflicts are more likely to occur? What does the term “best interest” mean for patients, families, and practitioners alike? Do doctors need support to develop their skills in managing challenging conversations with patients and their […]