The European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) celebrated an unprecedented successful Euroanaesthesia meeting in the fabulous Spanish city of Barcelona (1-4 June 2013). An all-time high more than 6100 attendees were registered and were active in the many different parts of the congress. The programme was well prepared by the Scientific Committees under the leadership of Professor Stefan De Hert, the staff of the ESA and the ESAAC ́s secretariat orchestrated by our CEO Michel de Bisschop. Special thanks also go to the various organisers of workshops, pre-congress courses, special lectures, and refresher courses, as well as to the many academic volunteers from around Europe. Euroanaesthesia offered 192 sessions, 85 symposia, 44 workshops, 40 refresher courses, 6 special lectures and allowed for presentations of 901 scientific abstracts. Thanks to the dedicated work of 449 faculty members, the topics covered all areas of our discipline, namely anaesthesiology, intensive care medicine, pain medicine and emergency medicine.