Magazine article European English Messenger

The ESSE President's Column

Magazine article European English Messenger

The ESSE President's Column

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Knowing that you will be reading this well into winter, perhaps while getting ready for Christmas, rejoicings and feeling slightly tired after a full term, or perhaps while preparing or even starting the work of spring, I will keep this column as short as possible in order not to take up too much of your time.

Late in August, the ESSE board members met in Cluj, Romania. The meeting was hosted by Adrian Radu, who made sure we could work comfortably and in peace; we are all grateful to him for it.The Board welcomed new members from Belgium, Cyprus, Poland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Let me again welcome them warmly here to their new task, and, on behalf of the Board, thank the former Board representatives of these associations for the work they put in during their term of office. At the Board meeting, two new members of the Executive were elected, to take up their posts on the 1st of January: Smiljana Komar to the position of Secretary, to replace Slavka Tomascikova, and Alberto Lazaro Lafuente, to replace our Treasurer, Tim Caudery. I am sure we will be able to work together in a good atmosphere to carry out the day-to-day task of managing the affairs of ESSE. My warmest thanks go Slavka and Tim, who for six years and on a practically daily basis, have been at the forefront of ESSE matters, for most of that period together with our former much appreciated President Fernando Galvan.

Many of the issues discussed during our Board meeting will be mentioned elsewhere in this Messenger issue or on our website, in particular everything pertaining to our next ESSE conference, which will take place in Kosice between August 29 and September 2, 2014. I hope a great number of you will come and attend this very exciting event, which the Academic Programme Committee and the organizers have worked to put together. Kosice is a very pleasant Central European university town that offers much to see, taste and enjoy. The accommodation is very reasonable in price, and so are the registration fees, thanks to the efforts of the main organizer, Slavka Tomascikova, whom I want to thank here again for her dedication and sense of service to our ESSE community. The topics of the seminars, special events, round tables, and plenary and sub-plenary lectures have all been decided, and it is now up to you to submit proposals for seminars, posters and the PhD sessions as soon as possible (before February 28 at the latest).

The venue of the following ESSE conference, in 2016, will be Galway, Ireland, and I am sure that this will also be a very popular event. The work of preparing that conference is, of course, already in progress. …

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