Our society

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).

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 organizes 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.

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