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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:

Austria
Verband für Angewandte Linguistik (VERBAL)
Belgium
Association Belge de Linguistique Appliquée (ABLA)
Bosnia & Herzegovina
The Association for Applied Linguistics in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AALBiH)
Estonia
Estonian Association of Applied Linguistics (EAAL)
Finland
Association Finlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (AFinLA)
France
Association Française de Linguistique Appliquée (AFLA)
Germany
Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik (GAL)
Greece
Greek Applied Linguistics Association (GALA)
Italy
Associazione Italiana di Linguistica Applicata (AItLA)
Ireland
Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL)
Lithuania
Lithuanian Applied Linguistics Association (LITAKA)
Netherlands
Association Néerlandaise de Linguistique Appliquée (ANéLA)
Russian Federation
National Association of Applied Linguistics (NAAL)
Serbia and Montenegro
Yugoslav Association for Applied Linguistics (YALA) 
Slovenia
Slovene Association of Applied Linguistics (SALA)
Switzerland
Association Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée (VALS/ASLA)
Spain
Asociación Española de Lingústica Aplicada (AEsLA)
Sweden
Association Suédoise de Linguistique Appliquée (ASLA)

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.

With the help of a questionnaire sent to all individual members of the European AILA Affiliates in spring 2008, AILA-Europe has conducted a survey of the fields of interest and preferred areas as well as ways of cross-border cooperation among European Applied Linguists. The results of this survey can be accessed here .

AILA-Europe Meetings

2006: Bolzano, Italy

2007: Erfurt, Germany

2008: Essen, Germany

2009: Limerick, Ireland 

2011: Salamanca, Spain

2012: Lunteren,  Netherlands

2013: Dublin, Ireland

2014: Jyväskylä, Finland

2015: Winterthur, Switzerland

2016: Tallinn, Estland

2017: Vienna, Austria