To make the work in research and practice of AILA members more visible during the time between the triennial AILA World Congresses, AILA pursues a strategy of regionalization that aims at establishing closer international cooperation among Applied Linguists from more or less neighbouring countries who are affiliated to AILA by fostering joint events, projects and publications in the respective region. While such a close cooperation has been established in North America between AAAL (USA) and ACLA (Canada) for a long time, cooperation in other areas of the world, such as Asia, Europe, Latin America or Africa could be more intense.
Therefore AILA encourages the setting up of self-organized regional networks as a basis for more intense cross-border cooperation.
Network of European Applied Linguists
The need for more regional cooperation among Applied Linguists is obvious in Europe in particular, where there always has been a vast amount and a wide variety of work in Applied Linguistics, but where cross-border cooperation so far takes place only on a smaller scale.
At a meeting hosted by the Free University of Bolzano, Italy, September 2006, to increase intra-European cooperation, a group of European AILA affiliates agreed with the then AILA Secretary General, Karlfried Knapp, to set up a Network of European Applied Linguists (AILA-Europe).
The next AILA-Europe Junior Researchers Meeting will take place in the context of the 50th Anniversary Congress of GAL, Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik, September 11-14, 2018, in Essen, Germany.