Magazine article European English Messenger

The ESSE President's Column

Magazine article European English Messenger

The ESSE President's Column

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This issue of The European English Messenger is of particular importance, for it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the founding of ESSE. We are happy to see that our federation, which counts over 7000 members, has increased, expanding its capacity to further our academic causes and foster mutual understanding by establishing links across Europe.

This is the 50th issue and the last you will receive in printed format. After long discussions that have been ongoing since 2005, the Board of ESSE decided in Kosice last year that, due to its cost, the publishing problems we have encountered, and the general spread of online publication, The European English Messenger should go online. The ESSE Executive and the Board wish to give their most heartfelt thanks to the former editors of The European English Messenger, and most especially to the current editor, Professor Hortensia Parlog, who has taken care of this last printed issue. Everyone knows Aba and is mindful of her dedication to the cause of ESSE, whose Secretary she was under the presidencies of Adolphe Haberer and Fernando Galvan.

The online version of The European English Messenger will appear under the aegis of a new editor, Adrian Radu, the current President of the Romanian Association. We thank him for agreeing to undertake this important task. The European English Messenger will undergo some major changes. It first started as a newsletter, but nowadays the most recent news is immediately put on our website (www.essenglish.org) by our webmaster, Jacques Ramel. So the links between our national associations and the individual academics are achieved through the website much more quickly than via our bi-annual Messenger issues. Therefore the ESSE Board decided that our former newsletter would be split into a journal and a blog and that it would open its pages to professional papers from young researchers in particular. After a first year of code-protected publication, it will become open-access. Of course, it will not clash in any way with our own thematically oriented academic journal EJES.

I am happy to tell you that ESSE has decided to start a new campaign, entitled "ESSE Research and Support Project", destined to help our young researchers and future colleagues. We will increase the amount of money available for the Bursaries (from 12000 [euro] to 15000 [euro]), and grant the same prize money to the two different kinds of Book Awards (1500 [euro]), thus increasing our funding from 6000 [euro] to 9000 [euro]. We will hold our PhD sessions every year instead of every two years (currently, the conference years) and a selection of papers by those PhD students will be published in The European English Messenger. …

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