AILA World Congresses
Every three years AILA holds its international World Congress. This congress is the biggest event in Applied Linguistics, bringing together - usually more than 2,000 - researchers and practitioners from all areas of Applied Linguistics for five days.
The Congress is characterized by high level presentations and discussions on key issues of the field. Its format includes keynote addresses, plenary speeches by outstanding scholars, invited symposia, symposia, individual papers and poster presentations.
The first AILA Congress took part in Nancy, France, 1964, presenting in its strands cutting edge findings from theory and practice of the time. Following this model, the programs of the Past Congresses represent the history of the discipline.
Each congress is organised by a different national or regional affiliate. The congress sites alternate between different areas of the world to reflect the global character of AILA.