The Association was conceived on 10 May 1985 during a symposium on cardiac anaesthesia in Leiden by an international group of cardiac anaesthesiologists. The inaugural meeting took place in Cambridge in June 1986.
The Annual Scientific meetings have taken place in past years in Milan, Maastricht, Zürich, Turku, Madrid, Leuven, Thessaloniki, Bergen, Budapest and Aarhus.
AIMS OF THE ASSOCIATION
The aim of EACTA is to be a forum in Europe for international scientific discussions and exchange of ideas in the field of cardiothoracic anaesthesia and related topics and to promote education and development in this field.
The Association wants to encourage a high standard of scientific presentation; to award scholarships; to assist in funding scientific investigation; to enable educational visits to centres in other countries; and to publish selected abstracts of papers presented at EACTA meetings in a professional Journal.
EACTA also promotes international exchange with non-European countries, by organising or participating in some international meetings on cardiovascular and thoracic anaesthesia.
EACTA acts as an adviser in cardiac anaesthesia to the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
ORGANISATION OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Representative Council of the Association is comprised of one member from each country in Europe and it meets during the Annual Meeting. At present, there are 26 countries represented. The Directory Board meets at least twice every year and reports to the Representative Council during the Annual Meeting. The Directory Board has nine members who form subcommittees according to specific tasks. The General Assembly is held during the Annual Meeting.
The official language of the Association is English.
Membership is open to all professionals interested in the field of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia. There are two types of membership in EACTA: Full members are Anaesthesiologists, including those in training. All other applicants will be considered as Associate Members. EACTA welcome perfusionists as Associate members at a special rate. See membership for details.
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