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Dear Colleagues,

At the end of the 2017 AILA World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Claire Kramsch handed the baton of the AILA presidency over to me. I am happy to take up this baton – and very honored to do so. There are three reasons for me to feel this way: First, it is the baton of AILA, a unique organization in the academic landscape; second, it is a hand-over from a proven team to a promising one; and third, exciting challenges are awaiting us. Please let me briefly elaborate on these three points, as an invitation to the next three years of AILA collaboration.

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