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).
AILA Europe has as its objectives to improve communication and cooperation among European Applied Linguists and for this purpose intends
- to inform on a website about latest publications, projects and congresses of the individual national AILA affiliates,
- to organize joint conferences or similar events that make it easier geographically for Applied Linguists from Europe to meet and to exchange ideas,
- to edit a European Journal of Applied Linguistics which focuses on European topics and research done by European scholars in particular and which publishes contributions in several European languages,
- to promote young researches by organizing an annual conference exclusively for junior researchers of Applied Linguistics from all over Europe where they can present their research findings,
- to conduct an annual meeting of representatives from European AILA affiliates where new issues of European concern, in particular with respect to multilingualism will be identified and where priorities for future cooperation will be set,
- to initiate and carry out joint projects to such Europe-related topics.
- to achieve consultative status with the EU and the Council of Europe, given the amount of competence on language policy related issues in Europe available among the European associations of Applied Linguistics.
The organization of AILA Europe is intended to be as lean as possible and is mainly restricted to an AILA Europe Coordinator. The current AILA Europe coordinator is Aleksandra Gnach (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland).
At present, the national associations of Applied Linguistics from the following countries have joined AILA Europe
Association Finlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (AFinLA)
Association Française de Linguistique Appliquée (AFLA)
National Association of Applied Linguistics (NAAL)
British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
Current activities of AILA Europe
After Bolzano, Italy (2006), AILA Europe Meetings were held in Essen, Germany (2008), Limerick, Ireland (2009 and 2013), Spain (2011), Netherlands (2012), Finland (2014), and Winterthur, Switzerland (2015).
In January 2007, the first AILA Europe Junior Researchers Meeting (JMR) took place at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Since then, the JRM has been held in various European countries, amongst them Ireland, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland.
AILA Europe was represented with a string of Europe-related symposia at the AILA World Congresses in Essen, Germany (2008), Beijing, China (2011), and Brisbane, Australia (2014).
Mouton-de Gruyter Publishers, Berlin, is publishing the European Journal of Applied Linguistics in cooperation with the AILA Europe affiliates.
2019: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2018: Essen, Germany
2017: Vienna, Austria
2016: Tallinn, Estland
2015: Winterthur, Switzerland
2014: Jyväskylä, Finland
2013: Dublin, Ireland
2012: Lunteren, Netherlands
2011: Salamanca, Spain
2009: Limerick, Ireland
2008: Essen, Germany
2007: Erfurt, Germany
2006: Bolzano, Italy