Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy is delighted to invite you to Thessaloniki, Greece for its 39th Annual Congress in 2022.

Thessaloniki was founded in 315 BC by King Cassander of Macedon and named after his wife, Thessalonike, sister of Alexander the Great. Thessaloniki has always been an important city across the ages.

Located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea, Thessaloniki’s unique personality is mostly due to its people, historical background and amazing surroundings. Thanks to its numerous festivals and vibrant cultural life, Thessaloniki is considered the Greeks’ cultural capital.

The ESRA Annual Congress is considered one of the largest world-class platforms for clinicians and scientists within the rapidly evolving Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy Communities. Following ESRA tradition, an exceptional scientific programme has been developed, for both young and experienced delegates. It will be focused on state-of-the-art presentations in our field, as well as on new insights, ranging from basic science to clinical research and therapeutic interventions, with contemporary developments being presented and the latest evidence debated. Areas that will be covered include fields of interest in the application and daily practice of regional anaesthesia/ analgesia, patients’ perioperative care, Point of Care Ultrasound, as well as acute and chronic pain management topics of special interest for anaesthesiologists and pain therapy specialists.

This meeting format will encourage interactivity, framed by your input, commitment and pro-activity. We have created a high-quality scientific programme, modified and focused on promoting networking between speakers and the audience, which is considered of utmost importance. The scientific standard of the ESRA Annual Congress is now acknowledged as one of the best in the world, and as a result carries a high rating with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. In this context, we have planned:

  • instructional refresher course lectures
  • networking sessions and symposia
  • panel discussions
  • special hands-on workshops including cadaver workshops
  • interactive expert exchange sessions
  • second opinion discussions
  • luncheon sessions
  • pro/con debates

All presented by “world – renowned” speakers, and of course Free Paper and E-Poster Sessions. Residents are invited to submit their papers for inclusion in the ESRA Resident Best Free Paper and the ESRA Best Abstract Award Competitions. Other sessions include Complex Case Discussions, as well as the new 360° open space simulation courses.

We are going through an exciting time for both regional anaesthesia and pain therapy, with both subspecialties still growing and evolving in a challenging healthcare environment. For this reason, the theme selected for this 39th ESRA Annual Congress will be: “Shaping the Future of Regional Anaesthesia, Perioperative Care & Pain Therapy”.

As we were unfortunately unable to visit Thessaloniki these last 2 years, we are preparing an inspiring congress for 2022 in this magnificent Greek city by the seaside. We are highly optimistic that we will be able to safely meet again personally, after prolonged pandemic-related restrictions. We hope that by this date, conditions all over Europe and larger parts of the world will allow the gathering of our community to celebrate regional anaesthesia and pain therapy (you will find regular updated travel information for travels to Greece here).

Counting on your support, enthusiasm and interactive participation in this special year, we are looking forward to meeting you in June 2022 for this 39th ESRA Annual Congress, for another memorable experience (pending health and safety recommendations).

Alain Delbos
ESRA Past President
Scientific Committee Chair

Thomas Volk
ESRA President



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The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA)

For any more information about ESRA, please visit our website at http://www.esraeurope.org

Covid-19 Updates

By clicking on the following link, you will get all the important information about any restrictions for travels to Greece: https://thessaloniki.travel/covid-19-update/These information are regularly updated.


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