Tournament, Lund

Upcoming events and tournaments

We debate every Monday evening at 18:45 in T3-16 (Mandeville building on Campus Woudestein, Erasmus University Rotterdam). Come and join us when you can!


Deadline Academy Application - 31 Oct

One of our societies biggest prides is the Academy, which is a year long free training offered for extra motivated new EDS members. In short, the Academy consists of an additional training session every Friday evening, where motivated novice debaters participate in specialized workshops (given by external trainers!) and exercises tackling any part of debate they do not feel comfortable in. Apart from skill enhancement, these workshops also contain additional topics covered in more detail than during Monday evenings, and are therefore a source of new knowledge. The sessions are adjusted to the needs and wants of the participants, and the Academy’s main goal is to make YOU the best debater you can be - and then better than that!

We only have a few requirements of you as a (candidate) participant of the Academy: be highly motivated to become a competitive debater, consistent in attendance to both Monday and Friday sessions, be willing to attend at least 5 tournaments this year, and be relatively new to debating (complete beginner or little experience). Not only do you get to learn debate on a higher level, we also provide additional tournament sponsoring to Academy members via our scholarship program.

In order to apply, you only have to do one thing: send a motivation letter (no longer than one A4 page) explaining why you want to participate, why you think you would benefit from this program, and if you have any, your prior debating experiences. Also don’t forget to mention your name, study program and year, nationality, which languages you speak, if you have any other time consuming activities (e.g committees, job, sport), and how long you’re planning on living in Rotterdam (please write this in the fist paragraph).

The deadline to submit the application is 31st October, please send it to If you have any questions, either reply to this email or ask in person.

91th General Assembly of Members - 5 nov

The board of EDS would like to invite you to the 91st General Assembly of Members at 18:30 on Tuesday, 5th November, on Campus Woudestein.

The purpose of the 91st General Assembly of Members (GAM) is to vote, for the required second time, for the two proposals considered in the 90th GAM.

We expect this to be a very short GAM, so we will also be having a social afterwards!

Members' Weekend - 8-10 Nov

We hope you are ready for the very best weekend of your life. Because, believe it or not, the member's weekend is coming back!

The member's weekend is the best way for first years to bond with hardcore members and it's the best way for the EDS elite to gently get used to some new people.
Are you ready for it?

With drinking games and awesome socials you will want to keep the weekend of 8-10 November totally free to join us at the perfect place: Camping de Kuilen. 

Located in the picturesque national park of the Keelven, you will find that you never want to go back!


Maastricht Novice (9 Nov)

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Maas nov

November 9th, Maastricht

Cambridge IV 2019 (15-16 Nov)

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Cambridge IV

November 15-16th, Cambridge

The Cambridge IV is one of the most prestigious and competitive debate tournaments, both within IONA and globally. It has traditionally been characterised by outstanding judging, top-notch debates and superb socials and this year will be no exception.

Date: 15th and 16th November (Friday/Saturday)
International Arrivals: 14th November (Thursday)
Format: British Parliamentary (BP)
Registration costs are £100 per IONA team and £115 per non-IONA team.

Cicerotoernooi (23 Nov)

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November 23th, Tilburg, 5 euros per judge, 15 per speaker, Dutch

De wereld is dezer dagen een chaotische plek. Global warming maakt de zomer hevig overstuur, Brexit is nog steeds een hot mess en fake news viert hoogtij. Van het geringe aantal zekerheden in het leven, mogen wij er vandaag gelukkig eentje aankondigen: het Cicerotoernooi komt er weer aan! 

We hopen jullie allemaal op 23 november te verwelkomen in het zonnige zuiden voor een dag debatteren in het Amerikaans Parlementair format. Dat houdt in: speeches van 5 minuten, gewoon in het Nederlands. Vooralsnog is dit toernooi in het najaar je enige kans om tegenstanders te imponeren met je talenten in je moedertaal, aanrader dus! 

Schrijf de datum vast in je agenda en zet jezelf snel op geïnteresseerd om op de hoogte te blijven van alle ontwikkelingen rondom dit toernooi. We zien jullie graag in Tilburg wanneer niet de processierupsen, maar de blaadjes langs onze hoofden dwarrelen. 

Tilbury House Novice (14 Dec)

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December 14th, Cologne, 30 euros per team

Featuring a great CA team, delicious home-made food and christmas sweets as well as a social at one of Cologne's beautiful Christmas Markets: We're glad to annouce our Novice Tournament taking place on Saturday, December 14.

-Date: Saturday, December 8 2019
-reg fee speaker: 30 Euros per team
-reg fee judges: free
-4 rounds
-24 Teams