In view of developing and expanding our activities, and further involving our members, we are pleased to announce that ESPNIC has the following sections to support its various scientific activities. Please click here for instructions on how to join a section

Cardiac ICU and Mechanical Circulatory Support Section

The aim of the Cardiac ICU and Mechanical Circulatory Support is to advocate for high level and trans-disciplinary transitional care for children with congenital heart disease.

See the Research Activities of the Cardiac ICU and Mechanical Circulatory Support section

Cardiovascular Dynamics Section

The aim of the Cardiovascular Dynamics section is to support education, research and development of guidelines in hemodynamic physiology, monitoring and treatment in critically ill children of all ages. It is the ambition of the section to be a reference point for pediatric intensivists with an interest in cardiovascular dynamics and to increase collaboration with others.

See the Research Activities of the Cardiovascular Dynamics section

CRRT/Renal Section

This aim of the Critical Care Nephrology section is to focus on education and research activities in the field of Acute kidney injury (AKI) and renal replacement therapy (RRT) in children. We aim to provide practical and evidence based education in these areas to improve the delivery of various modalities of RRT to critically sick children admitted to intensive care units in order to improve the outcomes of these children. 

See the Research Activities of the Critical Care Nephrology

Ethics Section

The aim of the Ethics section is to foster discussion and debate around ethical issues in the care of critically ill children.

See the Research Activities of the Ethics section

See COVID-19 Pandemic Ethics Statement

Infection, Systemic Inflammation, and Sepsis Section

The aim of the Infection, Systemic Inflammation and Sepsis section is to facilitate research and organize education to improve outcome in treatment and prevention of critically ill children and neonates with infection, systemic inflammation and sepsis.

Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Nutrition 


The aim of the Metabolism, endocrinology, and nutrition section is to provide the optimal nutritional and metabolic support to ensure the best short- and long-term outcome for every critically ill child. We need to elucidate the causes and consequences of metabolic and nutritional changes in critically ill children.This will pave the way forward to individualized nutrition and treatment in the right modality at the right time of the disease course.

See the Research Activities of the Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition Section

 Neuro Critical Care Section

The aim of the Neuro Critical Care Section is to bring together researchers, clinicians & educators in the field of paediatric neuro-critical care from across Europe to improve our understanding of the injuries and diseases that affect the brain. We aim to advance diagnostic skills, monitoring techniques and therapeutic management of these conditions within paediatric and neonatal critical care, to improve the neurodevelopmental outcomes of the infants and children we care for.

See the Research Activities of the Neuro Critical Care Section

Nursing Science Section

The aim of the Nursing Science section is to provide a European forum for clinical nurses, researchers and Nurse Scientists to generate evidence in order to advance practice in the care for critically ill  children and neonates. We aim to a create a climate to nurture the collaboration, development, delivery and implementation of nursing research into paediatric critical care across Europe that has a demonstrable impact on the experience, outcomes and lives of children and their families.  

See the Research Activities of the Nursing Science Section

Paediatric and Neonatal Care Nursing Section

The aim of the Paediatric and Neonatal nursing section is to bring clinical PICU and NICU nurses from across Europe together.  This is a forum for members to share experiences in daily practices, discuss clinical uncertainties, review education about PICU and NICU and discuss the impact of research on daily practice. Education is a really important part of our section and we are committed to developing and raising minimal educational standards for PICU and NICU nurses, to improve the quality of care for critically ill children and neonates across Europe. There is some fantastic research taking place by nursing and allied health professionals and we work closely with the Nursing Science section to help implement research results and evidence into daily practice. This helps ensure that our members have access to the best evidence surrounding PICU and NICU care and our patients and families receive the best care possible. 

Pharmacology Section

The aim of the Pharmacology section is to enhance the level of evidence based pharmacotherapy in critically ill newborns and children, to provide the scientific community a forum for discussions around innovative trial designs appropriate for the PICU environment, and be a leader in postgraduate education in the area of pharmacotherapy.

See the Research Activities of the Pharmacology Section

Quality improvement, Patient safety, and Long term outcomes Section

The aim of the Quality improvement, patient safety, and long term outcomes section is to improve individual care during and after PICU admission and provide a basis for outcome research, intervention studies and follow-up after trials performed in the PICU.

Respiratory failure Section

The aim of the Respiratory Failure section is to improve the acute and long-term outcome of the critically ill child by promoting, encouraging and performing education and scientific research related to all aspects of acute respiratory failure in children, including pathophysiology, diagnostics, and treatment.

See the Research Activities of the Respiratory Failure section

Resuscitation Section

The aim of the Resuscitation Section is to collate, promote and disseminate best practices in the identification of the deteriorating child and management of the child and infant in cardiorespiratory arrest to optimise outcomes. This will include a focus on education and training of providers in quality improvement CPR programmes.

Transport Section

The aim of the ESPNIC Transport Section is to improve the clinical care of the critically ill newborn and child requiring inter-hospital transport and to improve the experience of their parents and families. 

See the Research Activities of the Transport Section

See also Recommendations for transport - COVID 19 Pandemic

Only active and paid members can be a member of the sections. SECTIONS MEMBERSHIP

IMPORTANT: You can be a member of several sections.

All members are invited to join, please email the ESPNIC membership services at to confirm your section membership.

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