News and Updates

Thanks everyone for participating our lastest session!<3

Aalto Debating Society is back to campus! Come and have a taste of debating at our LIVE weekly debate workshop!🤩🎉

Here with great people, unique insights and thought-provoking atmosphere, we offer you basic debating tools and interesting topics for brainstorming. Each week we prepare topics that help you familiarize with the British Parliamentary Debating style and succeed on your own way of debating. After the workshop session, there will be a practice debate where you can practice your skills while gaining experience.

Interested? Join us on campus on Thursday night 18:15! 😎 Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on March 05, 2022 at 01:53AM

Thanks for participating today! Hyvää ystävänpäivää! Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on February 15, 2022 at 03:25PM

The final session of the Debate School (Thrusday 23, 18:15 at KY TuoMela) will focus on strategy in competitive debating. We’ll teach you not just to make beautiful arguments but how to make these arguments win in comparison to the other teams. We’ll also look at taking down other teams’ arguments through effective rebuttal. At the end of the session, we’ll be putting all the skills you’ve acquired in Debate School to practice in our first British Parliamentary debate! Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on September 21, 2021 at 07:05PM

Would you like a unique opportunity to refine your presentation and persuasive speaking skills? Do you want to practise public speaking in English in a safe setting? Heard about Debating at Aalto and Helsinki University but want to know more? Want to meet our fun community? Come to our Newcomers Evening, tomorrow, 10 September from 18:00 at Helsinki University Union spaces in Mechelininkatu 3D, Töölö!

We will have a show debate between some of our older members on a fun topic, plus you’ll get to hear more about what the societies do during the year and the opportunities offered to you as a debater!

Some light food will also be provided. Check out the linked event for more information. Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on September 09, 2021 at 07:13PM

We still have spaces available for in-person participation at our first Debate School of the year!

If you’ve recently started following us from our announcements on KY Events or from our video presentation at Aalto Day 1, feel free to check out the linked event below for more information! Also, make sure to follow us on Telegram ( where you’ll be able to hear more about our upcoming events and weekly training sessions! Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on September 07, 2021 at 07:28PM

Attention Freshers and existing students alike!

Want to learn how to become a charismatic speaker and win the hearts of an audience? Wish you had the secret tools to make convincing arguments? Have you heard about this debating thing but are not really sure where to start or how to get involved? We got you!

The Aalto and Helsinki Debating Societies are running Debate School to teach you the ins and outs of debating on the 7th, 16th and 25th of September. Events will be hosted partly in-person and partly online. This event requires a sign-up, as places are limited.

This first session will focus on making a persuasive argument and standing up to speak. We will explore the world of reasoning and persuasion and learn how to be confident when standing up to speak. We will teach you useful concepts of speaking and practice skills together. The focus is on the core: being able to speak convincingly in any situation in front of any audience – skills that we believe benefit everyone in their studies and work life.

We look forward to seeing you there, and welcome! Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on September 05, 2021 at 10:19PM

Helsinki Open is back and online again in mid-July of this year!

Five rounds and break to semis, great judging, and the best debates – Helsinki Online Open will have it all! We look forward to seeing all of you all soon ❤️

CA team: TBA
Conveners: Sam Spilsbury, Nina Lampela
When: July 17 – 18th
Where: Discord & Zoom
Team Registration:
Judge Registration:

The tournament in brief:
– British Parliamentary format with 7-minute speeches.
– 5 rounds with a break to Semi-Finals and to Novice Finals.
– 48 teams
– Registration fee: 25€/team
– Judge Registration: Free Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on June 20, 2021 at 04:28PM

In collaboration with Helsinki Debating Society, this week we will be continuing on from our practice with examples two weeks ago and look at some strategies to impact arguments with examples, at 6:30PM (EEST), followed by a practice debate at 7:00PM. Please try and show up a little bit beforehand, so we can start on time! Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on May 17, 2021 at 06:55PM

Congratulations to Nina and Sara on breaking pro-am at Leiden Open in 2021! Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on February 28, 2021 at 07:14PM

Happy New Year everyone! We will be starting up training again this Thursday, looking forward to seeing you all there! Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on January 06, 2021 at 02:47AM

Announcement especially for debaters who have joined our events this semester: To obtain the membership rights of Aalto Debating Society, you have to fill a membership application form. The link to the form is given below. The board considers applications during the next board meeting. Please note that you don’t need to be a member to join our events. Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on November 01, 2020 at 12:03AM

For many of you, you are either returning to university or starting university in what are very exceptional circumstances. This fall will likely be a time of new experiences and challenges for all of us, but just as the university calendar starts anew, it is also time to consider new hobbies and activities to bring the spice of student life! With Aalto Debating Society, we are very excited to have you join us at Newcomer’s Evening, as well as our other debating events this fall!
Many formats of debating exist, but the format utilized by Aalto Debating Society is British Parliamentary debate. In this style, four teams each consisting of two speakers, give 7-minute speeches according to their given side on a motion or a topic. Debates are adjudicated by a judge, who judges speeches in accordance with the level of persuasiveness and the arguments within speeches.
Debating is an engaging hobby that allows you to develop your speaking and persuasion skills, visit tournaments around the world (or online), as well as learning new perspectives and making new friends. It is an activity that allows you to develop your skills in a social environment, with post-debate socials being as important as the debates themselves.
We are Aalto Debating Society, a student society within KY and AYY dedicated to fostering the hobby of British Parliamentary debate among Aalto students. We organize debates every Thursday, where anyone is welcome to join us, regardless of their experience level!
Newcomer’s Evening is the event to learn even more about debating, as well as meet the boards of Aalto Debating Society and Helsinki Debating Society. The event will be held online.
Join us here:
Newcomer’s Evening:
To get more update, follow us on:
Instagram: Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on September 04, 2020 at 03:40AM

Even though we couldn’t meet in person this year, we still had a great 🌲🌳 Helsinki Online Open 🌲🌳. Thanks to our own members Ananth, Jialin, Nina and HDS’ Joona for their months long work in organising the competition.

We were also fortunate to have several of our own members speaking and judging this year. Congratulations to Mikko for placing as the 5th best novice speaker 🔥🔥🔥 and Markus and Uzair for breaking to the Quarter Finals💪💪💪. Special shout-out to all our members who debated and judged at HOO 2020 ❤️❤️❤️ Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on July 13, 2020 at 03:02AM

In these times, it is important for us to keep contact with our members. To facilitate this, we are updating our member registry via an online application form (link below). Membership also guarantees rights in the association as determined by society rules. The membership is not needed to attend our events.

Link to the form: Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on May 30, 2020 at 11:12PM

Due to the Ascension Day next Thursday, our weekly debate practice is canceled. Have a nice holiday! Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on May 18, 2020 at 01:46AM

Aalto Debating Society, along with our friends at @Helsinki Debating Society, have created a Telegram channel! 🙌

There you can easily keep up to date on online debates, tournaments, and other cool debate info 🤓

Follow us at: 👇

😍 Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on March 24, 2020 at 12:00AM

⚠️⚠️⚠️ ANNOUNCEMENT ⚠️⚠️⚠️

Weekly debates will transition online until further notice. This means that weekly club debates will not happen physically until otherwise informed.

*The Weekly Debate today is cancelled.* Weekly debates will continue as normal starting next week using an online platform, further information will be upcoming next week.

We in ADS are eager to continue debate activities and training, nonetheless in a way which promotes better health for our members. Cross-posted from Aalto Debating Society on March 12, 2020 at 08:31PM