The oldest, largest and most international debating society of the Netherlands! Located at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.


The Erasmus Debating Society is an open and informal society, attracting its membership mostly from Erasmus University students. We have many international members and our weekly debating evenings are generally conducted in English. The society also organises many workshops and social activities for its members. Such as a member weekend, halloween night and Christmas dinner.

External events include the well-known DAPDI, a yearly training event with Oxford tutors. Also, we successfully revived the European Universities Debating Championships in 1999.

Come join us on Monday evenings at 18:30 in T3-16 (Mandeville Building) on campus. Check out our website and other pages for more information and updates.

tournament winners

The Erasmus Debating Society (EDS) is an independent Rotterdam-based debating society. Founded in 1989, it has become one of Europe’s most successful and well-known debating societies.
Members of the Erasmus Debating Society regularly participate in international debating competitions. In the category of English as a Second Language, our debaters won the World Universities Debating Championships in 2006. Erasmus University three times became a European Champion in the same category (2001, 2003 and 2005). Moreover, members of our society consistently won the Dutch Championships (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011).

XXX Board of EDS


The XXXth (30th) board of EDS consist of Annemarijn Tamminga, Dick van Tongeren and Ingeborg de Pater. 


Annemarijn Tamminga | President

The president has four main tasks: managing of the board, keeping contact with committees, having contact with other societies and keeping an overview of the goals and progress of the board. Next to that, Annemarijn is also in charge of External Training & Development. This means: having contact with external parties (high schools, other faculties, companies) and organize workshops for them.

If you are interested in having one of our trainers giving a workshop about debating or public speaking at your school or company, feel free to contact Annemarijn at info@debate.nl


Dick van Tongeren | Secretary

The secretary is the first person you will speak if you have any questions about our society. Dick responds to emails and to messages on Facebook and talks with all our members on Monday evenings. Next to being secretary, he is also in charge of Internal Training & Development. Internal T&D is responsible for organising workshops for our members, setting motions to debate about and organising the Academy, an extra training track for highly motivated members.

If you have any questions about out society, send an email to info@debate.nl or send us a message on Facebook


Ingeborg de Pater | Treasurer

The treasurer is responsible for the money and budget of the society and makes sure we don't spend to much. Ingeborg is also Tournament Officer and promotes tournaments to our members and signs them up to participate.

If you have questions about tournaments, ask Ingeborg by sending an email to info@debate.nl