About ESRA

Advancing regional anaesthesia in Europe

The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy was founded in 1980 to further regional anaesthesia in Europe. The first congress was held in Edinburgh in 1982 and since that year the society has gone from strength to strength, with a current membership of over 3,500 throughout Europe and beyond.


The society is still growing, and has now established a strong track record with 35 Annual Congresses. The scientific standard at the annual ESRA congress is now recognised as one of the best in Europe. Apart from the annual ESRA Congress, the society holds several accredited cadaver workshops and courses each year and offers grants schemes as well as online educational content through the ESRA Academy.


Finally, the European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management (EDRA) was created in 2005 with the goal of establishing standards in regional anaesthesia in Europe. The Diploma is intended to widen the activity spectrum of those specialists in anaesthesia, who are already in clinical practice and are interested in acquiring additional knowledge in the entire field of regional anaesthesia.

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Discover the history of ESRA through this unique infographic  – we want to pay tribute to those who’ve contributed to bringing our Society so far since 1982.