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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 2020

The EDAIC exam – a perfect facilitator for international collaboration

Başak C. Meco,MD and Jean-Jacques Lehot, MD


The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC), a strong and unifying platform in Europe for our specialty, is a perfect example for endorsing international collaborations in many ways and areas. Among many goals that it achieves, a major impact that ESAIC has is that it promotes the harmonisation and quality improvement, assurance and certification of training among its members, with the European diploma exam. This multinational, multicultural textured exam is additionally a perfect meeting point for our society member examiners to get to know each other well.

As a nice example of such an occasion, that thenled to a fruitful collaboration, several years ago the Part II EDAIC exam in Istanbul enabled us to meet Prof. Dr. Jean-Jacques Lehot, a specialist on simulation training. The connection that was created resultedthis summer in a perfect course in Turkey given by a team from CLESS (simulation center of Lyon, France), which was led by Professor Lehot. He and his team have designed a course on Simulation Training in Turkey. The masterclass was organised by Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anaesthesiology; and Prof Jean-Jacques Lehot, Prof. Thomas Rimmele, Ass Prof. Marc Lilot and Lucas Denoyel, a simulation engineer, were the instructors. With the collaboration of 17 participants from different specialties (anaesthesiologists, emergency physicians, a neurosurgeon, an ENT surgeon, a general surgeon, a paediatric surgeon, a cardiovascular surgeon, a OB-GYN surgeon, an anatomist, a physiopathologist and a nurse) a 5-day course and workshops were performed in Ankara. We had a wonderful multidisciplinary turn-out with a huge impact, which was very beneficial. This first step for a long-term collaboration between Ankara University and Lyon 1 University is a good example of the unifying effect of the ESAIC.

We hope that achieving strong cross-cultural links through such achievements will increase the power of our Society and extend the mission of harmonisation of ourmembers.

Under the umbrella of the ESAIC, individual aims and objectives can merged to generate better and stronger European collaborative projects.

Thank you ESAIC for merging us!