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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

World Congress of Anaesthesiologists 2020: It’s coming, make sure you don’t miss out

Every four years the world’s leaders in anaesthesia care convene at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) for 5 days of talks, workshops, socialising, and exhibitions to discuss cutting-edge anaesthesia policy and practice.

For the 2020 edition the ‘Olympics of Anaesthesia’ travels to the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic from the 5-9 September.

WCA 2020 is co-hosted by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (CSARIM).  For the WFSA, with its membership of 137 national societies representing hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists worldwide, the WCA is a major component of its work to unite the specialty and advocate for improved access to safe anaesthesia and perioperative care.

By bringing together so many renowned experts WCA2020 is able to offer an extremely comprehensive scientific programme. With sessions covering topics from paediatrics to geriatrics (and everything in between) delegates can tailor their conference agendas to focus either on their own specialities or branch out and widen their anaesthesia horizons.

Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, WFSA President, said, “The World Congress is always a truly inspiring week, not least because it is the only anaesthesiology event that unites colleagues from all over the world to learn more and share their experience. It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connections.”

To open WCA2020, two leading figures from the global health community will be giving the Harold Griffith lectures.  Edna Adan Ismail has been identified as one of Africa’s most influential women. She is at the forefront of the fight for women’s maternal health in Somaliland, which has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world.

Joining Edna Adan on stage will be Professor Christina Maslach, Professor of Psychology at Berkeley, University of California, and eminent expert in occupational burnout and professional wellbeing.

A breakdown of the workshops, presentations and lectures taking place over the packed 5-day programme is available on the WCA2020 website: www.wcaprague2020.com.

Speaking of the decision to hold the Congress in Prague, Julian Gore-Booth, CEO of WFSA, said. ‘We’re delighted that we’ve been able to join forces with the Czech Society and hold the WCA in the beautiful historic city of Prague. Prague is a very affordable city, making this WCA one of the most accessible ever for delegates. If you’ve always wanted to go to a WCA but could never afford it, this is the WCA for you.”

Registration for the WCA is now open through the Congress website www.wcaprague2020.com. Discount tickets are available through the Early Bird Ticket scheme if you register before 31 January 2020. Poster presentation abstracts are being accepted until 31 December 2019.

For all of the information on how to register, where to stay and the programme visit the WCA 2020 website: www.wcaprague2020.com. Your WFSA looks forward to seeing you in Prague!