3rd ESRA Spring Monothematic Conference


Dates: 23-27 April, 2018

Almancil, Algarve, Portugal


Conrad Algarve Hotel

Estrada da Quinta do Lago, 8135-106, Quinta do Lago, Portugal                 


Each year ESRA organises a Monothematic Spring Conference in Portugal's beautiful Algarve region. During the week, a full comprehensive update is given on a specific topic for a limited number of participants (maximum 150 attendees) by world renowned experts in the field. In 2018, from Monday April 23rd 2018 till Friday April 27th 2018, the focus will be on "Obstetric Anaesthesia". Every morning from 8 am till lunchtime, key opinion leaders (Nuala Lucas, Warwick Ngan Kee, Roshan Fernando, Frederic Mercier, Eva Roofthooft and Marc Van de Velde) will lecture and discuss thoroughly a wide spectrum of topics related to obstetric anaesthesia both for normal and high risk pregnant patients. You can find the programme on the programme tab. At the end of the week your knowledge on obstetric anaesthesia will be completely refreshed. This course is designed to update trainees, consultants with occasional rotations in obstetrics and those having more exposure to pregnant patients in their clinical practice.

The venue, The Conrad Hotel in Quinta de Lago (Estrada da Quinta do Lago, 8135-106 Almancil, Algarve, Portugal) is the perfect conference venue from which you can refresh your clinical knowledge and expertise in style!!

Join us next year for what promises to be an exciting experience. In 2016, Obstetric Anaesthesia was also the topic of the first Monothematic Conference and it was sold out. Registration is limited to 150 participants, so early registration is advised.


Kind regards

Marc Van de Velde

Conference Host

For booking accommodation, please fill this form and follow the instructions. 


European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS/EACCME)
An application will be made to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) for CME accreditation of this event. The EACCME is an institution of the European ​Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS): www.uems.net.

American Medical Association (AMA)
Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information, visit: www.royalcollege.ca. 


Kenes is committed to being a valuable and knowledgeable partner in the design and delivery of educationally strong, independent, transparent, and effective CME/CPD programmes. Kenes is a proud member of the Good CME Practice Group (gCMEp), a member organisation contributing to improving health outcomes by:

  • ​Championing best practice in CME/CPD
  • Maintaining and improving standards
  • Mentoring and educating
  • Working in collaboration with critical stakeholders

Membership in the Good CME Practice Group illustrates Kenes commitment to high standards and knowledgeable partnership with its clients in the design and delivery of medical events. 

Marc Van de Velde

Warwick Ngan Kee

Eva Roofthooft

Nuala Lucas

Frederic Mercier

Roshan Fernando



ESRA's focused spring meeting series

23-27 April 2018

"Obstetric Anaesthesia Refreshed"

Monday, 23 April

15.00 – 16.00: Registration

16.00 – 19.00: Session 1: LABOUR ANALGESIA

  • Opening of meeting (Marc Van de Velde)
  • Physiologic Changes associated with Pregnancy. (Marc Van de Velde)
  • Modern neuraxial labour analgesia: options for initiation, maintenance, drug selection. (Marc Van de Velde)

17.30 – 17.50: Coffee break

  • Alternative strategies for labour analgesia: parenteral and inhalational analgesia. (Marc Van de Velde)
  • Managing the problematic epidural catheter in labour. (Marc Van de Velde)

19.00:   Welcome reception

Tuesday, 24 April

08.00 – 11.30: Session 2: Regional Anaesthesia for C-section.

08.00 – 09.30:

  • Testing Your block correctly. (Marc Van de Velde)
  • Grades of C-section. (Warwick Ngan Kee)
  • Spinal and CSE anaesthesia for C-section (Warwick Ngan Kee)

09.30 – 09.50: Coffee break

09.50 – 11.30

  • The physiology and management of spinal induced hypotension (Warwick Ngan Kee)
  • Topping up a labour epidural catheter (Eva Roofthooft)
  • Managing breakthrough pain. (Warwick Ngan Kee)        

Wednesday, 25 April

08.00- 11.30: Session 3: The Pregnant patient with co-existing disease.

  •  The pregnant obese patient. (Nuala Lucas)
  • The pregnant patient with coagulation problems. (Frederic Mercier)

09.30 – 09.50: Coffee break

  • The pregnant cardiac patient. (Marc Van de Velde)
  • The pregnant patient with vertebral column abnormalities. (Roshan Fernando)
  • The pregnant patient with neurologic disease (Nuala Lucas)

Thursday, 26 April 

08.00 – 11.30: Session 4: Complicated Pregnancy.

  • Managing major Obstetric hemorrhage (Roshan Fernando)
  • Preeclampsia and the anaesthetist (Roshan Fernando)

09.30 – 09.50: Coffee break

  • Maternal Collapse (Nuala Lucas)
  • Multiple Gestation and diabetes in Pregnancy (Nuala Lucas)
  • Anaesthesia for non-obstetric surgery during pregnancy (Frederic Mercier)

Friday, 27 April

08.00 – 11.30: Session 5: Complications and bits and pieces

  • PDPH. (Eva Roofthooft)
  • Managing Postoperative Pain (Marc Van de Velde)

09.30 – 09.50:  Coffee break

  •  Anaesthesia for fetal surgery. (Marc Van de Velde)
  • General Anaesthesia for C-section. (Marc Van de Velde)

Close of the meeting


Registration fees in EUR. Fees apply to payments received prior to the indicated deadlines.


Early Registration

Up to and Including 21 March, 2018

Regular Registration

From 22 March, 2018

Full Participant ESRA Members*€ 780€ 880
Full Participant Non Members€ 870€ 970
Trainee / Student**€ 570€ 670
Accompanying persons€ 215€ 215

 * ESRA Members who wish to benefit from the reduced registration rates must have renewed their membership for 2018 prior to registering to the Workshop.

** Trainee / Student : An official letter of the institution (PDF format), originally stamped and signed by the head of the department confirming this status must be uploaded during the registration process.

Fees for all Conference Participants include:

  • Participation in all scientific sessions
  • Programme
  • Coffee breaks
  • Invitation to the Welcome Reception


Payment of registration fees (in EUR) can be made as follows:

By Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

By Bank Transfer:  Additional 30 Euro handling fee is required
Please make drafts payable to: 
Account Name: Kenes International "ESRA Spring 2018 Cong., Almancil"
Bank details: Credit Suisse Geneva, 1211 Geneva 70, Switzerland
Bank Code: 4835
Swift Address: CRESCHZZ80A
IBAN No: CH25 0483 5150 0934 9201 4

Account No: (in EUR):  1500934-92-14
* Bank charges are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid at source in addition to the registration and accommodation fees.
* Please make sure the name of the conference and the participant are stated on the bank transfer.

Registration will only be valid upon receipt of the full payment by the registration department according to the deadline indicated. An email confirming registration will only be sent after receipt of the required fees.

Outstanding payments will be collected on-site and charged the on-site rate. A copy of the bank transfer (or other proof of payment) will be required in the event that registration fees were not credited to the meeting account on time.


All cancellations must be faxed or emailed:

In case of cancellation at any stage, Bank transfer handling fee (30 Euro) will not be refunded - applicable to Bank transfer payment only.

  • Cancellations received until and including March 22, 2018 - full refund
  • Cancellations received between March 23 and April 16, 2018 - 50% will be refunded
  • As of April 17, 2018 – no refund will be made

ESRA SPRING 2018 Registration Department

Rue François-Versonnex 7
1207 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 908 0488
Fax:+41 22 906 9140 
E-mail: reg_esrasc18@kenes.com