Thank you from the ESA President and Scientific Committee Chair

Thank you from the ESA President and Scientific Committee Chair

On behalf of the ESA Board of directors, thank you for another successful congress and meeting in Vienna! This year’s Euroanaesthesia proved to be an engaging and vibrant congress for our many attendees. With over 8000 participants, 151 Scientific sessions, 35 Workshops, 7 pre-congress courses, 431 Speakers, and 1132 abstracts, this was a congress full of valuable information and many opportunities to network and make lasting connections within the community.

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, critical care, pain and perioperative medicine, as well as a platform for immense international visibility for scientific research.

As demonstrated again this year through our valuable partnership with the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) and through our collaboration on the International Forum on Patient Safety & Quality (ISQ), the importance of the congress expands beyond Europe, influencing the international community, and enables professionals from all parts of the world to exchange views on a wide variety of topics affecting anaesthesiology. By bringing together practicing physicians, academics, scientists, and clinical researchers, each congress offers a unique global forum for a free exchange of science and medical strategy.

Delegates were able to attend a mixture of pro-con debates, symposia, meet the expert sessions and refresher courses on a wide variety of topics, some of which were held in our new session room, the Agora. The Agora is a new concept space designed to facilitate an open conversation and more engagement between the speakers and the delegates.

A big thank you to all our speakers who made this year’s session line-up so engaging, and a special thanks to Prof Dr Paolo Pelosi (Genoa, Italy) who delivered this year’s memorable and moving Sir Robert Macintosh Lecture to a standing room only audience on how the profession of anaesthesia affects our lives. You can view this lecture and other webcasts of key Euroanaesthesia sessions via myESA, simply by logging in to your account.

Participants also had the opportunity to become the next “Anaesthesiologist of the Year” at our very popular photo booth (you can find the photos on our online gallery here), as well as watch the making of our first Euroanaesthesia TV programming, which aired each day of the congress. Euroanaesthesia TV is three 40-minute programmes that highlight the congress, our sessions, our leadership and the ESA. You can watch all the segments again– or for the first time if you missed them over the congress – on the official YouTube channel.

Last but not least, many thanks to our colleagues on the ESA Board and Secretariat, who work tirelessly throughout the year to make sure each year’s Euroanaesthesia congress is even better than the last one. Work has already started on next year’s congress in Barcelona (30 May – 1 June 2020) and we look forward to seeing you there!


Prof Dr Stefan De Hert, President, ESA

Prof Dr Andreas Hoeft, Chair of Scientific Committee, ESA