Erasmus Debating Society

The Erasmus Debating Society (EDS) is an independent Rotterdam-based debating society which was founded in 1989. Since then, it has become one of Europe’s most successful and well-known clubs.


We debate every Monday at 18:45 in Langeveld 1.12 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Want to join but are not sure of what debating looks like?
Here is a presentation and a video outlining the main rules for debating to make things easier!

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to meeting you!


Our brand new novice tournament is finally here! Join us on the 4th of February for a fun tournament that will help your novices get introduced to competitive debating and meet with other novice teams from all around the world.

FORMAT: British Parliamentary (BP) - 6 minute speeches

STRUCTURE: 3 Inrounds, Finals


REG FEES: €20 per Team, Free for Judges

For the purposes of this tournament a Novice is defined as "..exactly or less than 1 year since their first university debating competition and no Open breaks.."



If you have any questions, shoot us an email to


Debating, as any other sport, has a set of rules that are very important to know. Besides that, there are lots of tactics, approaches, and general frameworks that can be used in order to debate motions in an effective way. 

Here are multiple cheat sheets, workshops and other resources that can allow you to become a better debater, be competitive at tournaments and channel your enthusiasm in the right direction. 

WUDC Manual:

Open BP Resources:

BP Debate workshops: 

Hello Motions (Motion Generator to practice on your own): 

Toronto Debate Academy resources: 

Warwick Debating Society training materials: 

Monash Debaters: 

Get to know us


The society

We’re much more than a bunch of debaters. 
We’re a family of passionate students, using our public speaking skills and our ideas to make a difference.

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Our story 

Like all great societies, we started small. Our goal was to build a vibrant and diverse environment where every debater can grow. Some decades later we are one of the most competitive European debate clubs, while ensuring that each and every one of our members feels confident to speak their mind.



Read all about it! We're constantly updating our calendar, so bookmark this page to keep up with all our upcoming events and latest announcements. You'll also get the inside scoop on new projects, seasonal events and important notices.

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Debate with us

We'd love to meet you! Come to Erasmus University Rotterdam on campus Woudestein and get ready to debate about politics, economics, social movements and much more.