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Structure

The Council members are:

  • The national representatives of the members in the individual European countries.
  • The representatives of the international members.
  • The Chairpersons of each scientific section of the Society
  • The members of the Executive Committee
  • The Chairperson of the N&AHP Committee
  • The Chairpersons of each Education Committee

The representatives of the members of the Society in individual countries should be elected by the Ordinary and Honorary members of these countries.

The Executive Committee consists of six voting members and seven ex-officio members.
  • Voting members are the President, the President Elect, the Treasurer, the Secretary and the Chairpersons of the Divisions of Scientific Affairs and Professional Development.
  • The ex-officio members are invited to attend all Executive Committee meetings.

The main role of the Division of Scientific Affairs is to represent ESICM in the intensive care community, advance and develop ESICM’s scientific activities in relation to its Annual Congress, and foster research.

The Division of Scientific Affairs includes:

  • The Congress Committee
  • The Research Committee with its Sub committee:
    • The Systematic Review Group

The Division of Professional Development (DPD) is in charge of advancing the Society’s activities with respect to education, training and publishing. It is responsible for the journal Intensive Care Medicine, as well as development of a comprehensive curriculum and training in Intensive Care Medicine and promotion of a European-wide competency based training programme. This division is also charged with organising and further developing the post graduate board exam (European Diploma in Intensive Care – EDIC).

The DPD is composed of:

  • The Education and Training Committee with
  • The Communication Committee

The Division of Administrative Affairs (DAA) is responsible for all administrative tasks, including the administration of the membership and management of the Brussels office.
Moreover, the DAA is responsible for the development and processing of strategies related to public relations and general communications.

The Division includes the following committees and sections:

  • The ESICM Registry Committee
  • The Financial Department

The Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals Committee is the representative body of ESICM nurse and AHP members.

The main objective of the Committee is to facilitate the integration of nurses and other allied healthcare professionals within all other ESICM Committees and to develop active participation at all levels of the Society.

The NEXT Steering Committee speaks on behalf of trainees and helps shape the future of the Society and of the discipline.

The 15 representatives of the NEXT Steering Committee are elected by all members of NEXT.

The first Statutes of the Society were written in March 1982 at the foundation meeting held in Geneva at the WHO (World Health Organisation). The latest version is available here:

The Statutes are accompanied by the Standard Operating Procedures of the Society, which contain additional information, as well as Internal Operating Instructions: they describe in detail important information about the daily work of the Society and include descriptions of committees, positions and procedures.

ESICM’s permanent administrative office is located in Brussels, Belgium.
The office is managed by a Chief Executive Officer, appointed by the Executive Committee and directed by the ESICM General Secretary.
The Brussels office staff are responsible for the daily work related to all the Society’s activities.

Rue Belliard, 19 – BE – 1040 Brussels, Belgium

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The Council

The number of representatives which can be elected are

  • European countries:
    • One national representative per European country with more than 25 ESICM Ordinary and Honorary members.
    • One common representative for all European countries having less than 25 ESICM Ordinary and Honorary members.
  • International members may elect one representative for each of the following five defined regions if they have 100 or more members (alphabetic order):
    • Africa
    • Asia-Pacific
    • Central and South America
    • Middle-East
    • North America
  • National and international representatives are elected for one term of 3 years, non- renewable.
  • The definitions for the five regions are given in Appendix A of the ESICM General Standard Operating Procedures.

The duties of a Council member are

  • To be responsible for mutual contacts between the Society and the country members, the local intensive care society and the health authorities
  • To promote the Society in the country and to recruit members
  • To attend the Council meetings twice a year. One is held in March in Brussels, and one in the Autumn, during the Annual Congress of the Society
  • To vote on resolutions from the Executive Committee
  • To present proposals to the Executive Committee
  • To actively participate in the ESICM’s various activities and committees
  • To help in the organisation of EDIC
  • To ratify the Executive Committee changes in the SOPs.

National Representatives 

Austria Peter Faybik, Vienna
Belgium Xavier Wittebole, Brussels
Czech Republic Hynek Riha, Prague
Denmark Morten Bestle, Hillerød
Finland Jarmo Stepani Bendel, Kuopio
France Bruno Levy, Nancy
Germany Onnen Moerer, Göttingen
Greece Maria Theodorakopoulou, Athens
Hungary Csaba Hermann, Budapest
Ireland Gerard Fitzpatrick, Dublin
Israel Sharon Einav, Tel Aviv
Italy Giacomo Grasselli, Monza
The Netherlands Dirk Versluis, Den Haag
Norway Jon Henrik Laake, Oslo
Poland Stanislaw Zielinski, Wroclaw
Portugal Joao Luis Gouveia, Lisbon
Romania Ioana Grigoras, Iasi
Russia Federation Sergey Petrikov, Moscow
Slovenia Sergeja Kozar, Slovenj Gradec
Spain Ricard Ferrer Roca, Barcelona
Sweden Christina Agvald-Ohman, Stockholm
Switzerland Marcus Laube, Biel
Turkey Oktay Demirkiran, Istanbul
United Kingdom Maximillian Jonas, Southampton

Representative of the Countries counting <25 ordinary members: Maja Surbatovic, Serbia

International Members Representatives

 

Asia-Pacific Representative Arindam Kar, India
Central & South American Representative Jorge Salluh, Brazil
Middle East Representative Massimo Lamperti, United Arab Emirates
North American Representative Robert Stevens, USA

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee

Secretary & Chair of the Division of Administrative Affairs: Armand R J Girbes – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Treasurer: Carl Samuel Waldmann – Reading, United Kingdom

Chair of the Division of Scientific Affairs: Maurizio Cecconi – London, United Kingdom

Chair of the Division of Professional Development: Pascale Gruber – London, United Kingdom

Ex-officio members

  • Past-president: Daniel De Backer – Brussels, Belgium
  • Chair of the Research Committee: Lui Forni – Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Chair of the Communication Committee: Jacques Duranteau – Paris, France
  • Chair of the N&AHP Committee: Carole Boulanger –  Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Chair of the NEXT Committee: Björn Weiss – Berlin, Germany
  • Editor-in-Chief of the ICM journal: Elie Azoulay – Paris, France
  • Chief Executive Officer: Joël Alexandre – Brussels, Belgium
  • ESPNIC President: Simon Nadel – Geneva, Switzerland

Led by

Massimo Antonelli  (Italy)
President

Jozef Kesecioglu (The Netherlands)
President-Elect

Division of Scientific Affairs

The Congress Committee

The Congress Committee is composed of:

  • The Chairperson of the Division of Scientific Affairs (Chairperson of the Committee)
  • One representative from each Section
  • The Chairperson of the Research Committee
  • The Chairperson of the Education & Training Committee
  • The NEXT Deputy
  • One nominated NEXT Committee member
  • A N&AHP representative
  • Other Ex officio Committee Chairs or Officers.

Aims and Missions
The Congress Committee is responsible for:

  • the preparation and presentation of the ESICM Annual Congress
  • coordinating the proposals and activities of the sections and their research groups
  • the scientific design and content of meetings organised jointly with other associations, such as LIVES Forums.

Led by

Maurizio Cecconi (UK), the Chair of the Congress Committee,who is also the Chair of the Division of Scientific Affairs.

The Research Committee

The Research Committee is composed of:

  • The Chairperson of the Division of Scientific Affairs (Chairperson of the Committee)
  • One representative from each Section
  • The Chairperson of the Research Committee
  • The Chairperson of the Education & Training Committee
  • The NEXT Deputy
  • One nominated NEXT Committee member
  • a N&AHP representative
  • Other Ex officio Committee Chairs or Officers.

Aims and Missions
The Research Committee is responsible for:

  • the preparation and presentation of the ESICM Annual Congress
  • coordinating the proposals and activities of the sections and their research groups
  • the scientific design and content of meetings organised jointly with other associations, such as LIVES Forums.

The Systematic Review Group

The Systematic Review Group is composed of:

  • The Chairperson of the SRG
  • The Chairperson of the Communication Committee
  • The Editor-in-Chief of Intensive Care Medicine, the Society’s journal
  • The Chairperson of the Clinical Trials Group
  • The NEXT representative
  • The Chairperson of the DPD
  • The Chairperson of the DSA
  • The DPD Content Manager
  • One co-opted member as appointed by the Chairperson of the group.

Aims and Missions
To facilitate education, research and professional development within the Society. This unit has developed a strategy and system to commission, design and complete systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Led by

Lui Forni (UK), the Chair of the Research Committee, who is also the Deputy Chair of the Division of Scientific Affairs.

Division of Professional Development

The Education and Training Committee

The members of the Education and Training Committee are:

  • The Chairperson of the Division of Professional Development (Chairperson of the Committee)
  • The Chairperson of the Congress Committee
  • One representative from the N&AHP Committee
  • The Chairperson from the three Committees: Examinations Committee, E-Learning Committee and Clinical Training Committee
  • The Chairperson of the CoBaFaculty
  • One nominated NEXT Committee
  • Ex officio other committee chairs, Council members and co-opted members approved by the Executive Committee.

Aims and Mission
The Education and Training Committee is in charge of developing and promoting the educational and training strategy of the ESICM and to implement the associated operational tasks.


Examinations Committee, composed of:

  • An elected Chairperson
  • Five elected members
  • Five selected members
  • One nominated NEXT Committee.

Aims and Mission
The Examinations Committee is responsible for the organisation and delivery of the EDIC Part I and II exams, as well as other upcoming ESICM Diplomas.


E-Learning Committee, composed of:

  • A selected Chairperson
  • The Chairs of the Examinations Committee, of the Clinical Training Committee and of the CoBaFaculty
  • Up to nine elected members
  • Two nominated NEXT Committee members.

Aims and Mission
To develop and maintain the Society’s e-learning platform that powers the educational activities of ESICM.


Clinical Training Committee, composed of:

  • A Chairperson
  • Up to six elected members
  • Two nominated NEXT Committee members.

Aims and Mission
To develop, maintain and promote training programmes for intensive care medicine.


CoBaFaculty, composed of:

  • A Chairperson
  • Up to six elected members
  • The Chairs of the Clinical Training Committee, E-learning Committee, Examinations Committee and the Systematic Review Group

Aims and Mission
To maintain, promote and develop the CoBaTrICE programmes on behalf of the Society.


CoBaForum, composed of:

  • The Chairperson of the Division of Professional Development
  • One representative of each National Training Organisation (NTO) that has an agreement with ESICM
  • Observers approved by the Executive Committee

Aims and Mission
To advance the Society’s relationships and shared objectives with other National Training Organisations (NTO) and with other stakeholders related to education and training in intensive care medicine.

Led by

Pascale Gruber (UK), the Chairperson of the Education and Training Committee, who is also the Chairperson of the Division of Professional Development.

The Communication Committee

The members of the ESICM Communication Committee are:

  • The Chairperson of the Communication Committee
  • The past President
  • The General Secretary
  • One nominated representative of the Journal’s Board of Editors
  • The Chairperson of the Division of Scientific Affairs
  • The Chairperson of the Division of Professional Development
  • Three nominated representatives of the NEXT Committee
  • Ex officio other co-opted members, as appointed by the Chairperson of the Committee.

Aims and Mission
The Communication Committee is a component of the Division of Professional Development. Its specific objective is to advance the Society’s representation in any available media format, including web presence, social media, press coverage and outside publication.

The Communication Committee objectives include the maintenance of the highest standards of excellence in the publishing and presentation activities of the Society.

Led by

Jacques Duranteau (France), the Chairperson of the Communication Committee, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Division of Professional Development.
He is also the ESICM ex officio member of the Board of Editors of the journal Intensive Care Medicine and an ex officio member of the Executive Committee and Council.

Division of Administrative Affairs

The ESICM Registry Committee

The committee consists of a board and members including:

  • Chair of the Committee
  • Chair of the Division of Administrative Affairs.

Members of the Committee are appointed by the Chair following application.

Aims and Missions
The European Registry of Intensive Care is a keystone project of ESICM which is intended to develop a broad registry of intensive care units and services throughout Europe.

Led by

Armand R J Girbes (The Netherlands), the Chairperson of the Division of Administrative Affairs, who is also the Secretary of ESICM.

The ESICM Financial Department

The Treasurer is in charge of all financial activities, including the financial planning and management of the assets of the Society. He supervises the bookkeeping and accounts of the Society with the help of an expert accountant. He reports to the Executive Committee, the Council and the General Assembly. The Treasurer prepares the annual statement and a report on estimates for meetings.

Managed by

Carl Samuel Waldmann (UK), the Treasurer, who is also the Deputy Chair of the Division of Administrative Affairs.

Nursing

Nursing

ESICM actively encourages membership from any health professionals working or strongly associated with intensive care. Currently, there are nurses and physiotherapist members from more than 15 European countries and there are opportunities to link and share practices and experience via the Annual Congress, as well as via research projects.

N&AHP Committee Members

  • Congress Committee: Johannes Mellinghoff – United Kingdom
  • Research Committee: Stijn Blot – Belgium
  • Committee Members:
    Anne-sophie Debue – France
    Silvia Calvino Günther – France
    Mireia Llaurado – Spain

Aims and Strategy

  • Raise the profile of intensive care nursing and allied healthcare professionals within the ESICM and among European nurses and AHPs;
  • Work to increase the opportunities for nurses and AHP across Europe to attend the congress and to be involved in pre-Congress activities;
  • Provide support for first time Congress presenters, from abstract submission through to presentation;
  • Develop networking opportunities for nurses and allied health professionals across Europe, both at the annual congress and via the ESICM NAHP webpages;
  • Provide opportunities for nurses and allied health professionals to get involved in collaborative research studies.

Led by

Carole Boulanger (UK)