Dear Readers,

    On behalf of the entire editorial board I would first of all like to thank Christian Hipp for all his efforts in the founding process of the European Actuarial Journal as the successor of six former national actuarial journals in Europe, and for his dedicated work over the last years to establish this new journal in the international landscape of actuarial science and the actuarial profession.

    According to the Aims and Scope of the journal, the EAJ publishes original actuarial research papers, of theoretical or applied nature, and with a particular focus on bridging actuarial theory and practice. It is the aim that, among innovative new developments and results, every published paper contains some message of interest for practicing actuaries.

    To further strengthen the journal as a platform of knowledge exchange between academics and practitioners in this field, we now additionally introduced the format of discussions on published papers. Typically written by practitioners and with a length of 1–3 pages, the idea for these discussions is to highlight the application aspects of the discussed paper, and to possibly suggest or motivate modifications of the studied problem that are of particular interest to actuarial practice. In that way, such discussions may also create further academic research topics, as practice is often the generator of the most interesting theoretical research questions. So I would like to encourage practitioners to submit respective discussions to the journal online via under the respective newly established category. As papers are typically available online on the journal homepage in the category “Online First” several months before the printing, discussions can be published together with the paper or also in the next issue. In that way, both the readers of the online and the printed version have ample possibility to submit discussions. Authors reserve the right to provide a reply to discussions. The present issue already contains three such discussions from practitioners on papers published in this issue.

    We will also continue to publish case studies on the evaluation and implementation of new mathematical methods in insurance and actuarial finance, as well as survey papers on topics of recent interest in the field. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me or other members of the editorial board to suggest topics on which you would like to see survey papers.

    We are pleased that on from now, the DGVFM will award its Gauss Prize to the best paper that appeared in an issue of the EAJ in the calendar year. Practical relevance of the paper will be an important criterion. In addition to the prize money of € 3000, Springer offered to publish the prize-winning paper for some period as an Open-Access paper, to further increase its visibility.

    The next EAJ conference is already scheduled, it will take place in Lisbon on Sep 9–10, 2020. We hope to see many of you there!

    I look forward to work with authors, referees and editors in the next years on the development of the European Actuarial Journal, and feedback or suggestions are always welcome!

    Lausanne, June 2019

    Hansjörg Albrecher

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    Editorial. Eur. Actuar. J. 9, 1–2 (2019) doi:10.1007/s13385-019-00211-3

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