We debate every Monday at 6pm in Auditorium room 11, at the TU/e campus. We usually have two debates one after another and we finish around 9pm. After that we go for a "borrel" in Hubble, in the La Luna building at the campus.

How does it work?

There are many diferent formats of debating, but all of them have a similar structure. We have two teams, a team of judges, and a motion (the topic of the debate). People talks in turns for a limited amount of time trying to convince the judges of their position.

Motions usually tackle interesting current situations, for example debates on the moral limits of genetic engineering or arti cial intelligence, or current international events. The motions are usually expressed in the following way:

"This house would implement a direct democracy system".

The teams are assigned a side, one team will be in favour of the motion and the other will be against it. The teams are given some minutes to come up with arguments to defend their position and the debate starts. All the members will speak in turns presenting arguments and rejecting the arguments brought by the other side. Finally the judges will choose which team won and give them feedback for the next debate.

In this association we usually do BP ("British Parliament") debates. In BP we will have 2 teams, called Government and Opposition, with 4 people on each team. Each of the teams is divided in two couples, called Opening and Closing, who will prepare their arguments separately. When the debate starts the first speaker of the Opening Government (OG) speaks, then it is followed by the first speaker of the Opening Opposition (OO), who is followed by the second speaker of the OG, then the second speaker of OO, then the rst speaker of the other couple in the Government (Closing Govenment, CG) and it continues that way until everyone has spoken.