At the beginning of time, in 2009, the only debating taking place in Lund was at UPF – the association of foreign affairs. Debating was without a fixed format and the rules changed from event to event.
Then there was light, Lucy, this Philippine exchange student suggested that we should try the British Parliamentary format and go to tournaments and compete. Lucy said that the Berlin IV was a great tournament for beginners and no experience was needed. She also offered to train us – Sara Moricz, Björn Wallentin and myself – so we met up at the law faculty library to practice for the tournament.
We went to Berlin IV in May and when we came back, we started to do BP debating in UPF until spring break. During spring there was another tournament that Sara Moricz and Fredrik Tranchell attended (think it was Amsterdam), but after spring break there was no UPF-debating. So Hampus Holmer and Björn Wallentin were trying to establish Lund debating society (there was a big discussion if it should be “debate” or “debating”).
In the end, “Lund Debating Society” was the suggestion that won even though it wasn’t used and eventually changed to “Debate” in October 2017. The first and second meeting of Lund Debating Society went well with a lot of people but after that, we had no venue for the third meeting so it all died out slightly. I had gotten a taste for debating so I asked at the economic institution if we could get a free room where we could have our sessions which we then got! I also wrote the constitution after which we had our constituting meeting and I registered the debate society with the Swedish tax authorities and we were established!
The board was me Björn and Hampus, I was the cashier Björn and Hampus had a lively discussion and if I remember correct Björn was the first president. Since then Lund debate society has had weekly debates but in the beginning, there was often not enough people to hold a whole debate. Lucy and I went to Worlds in Botswana 2010 (my partner Karin dropped out last minute) and at spring we had our first Lund Open we also had some public debates at the state library to try and get some more people interested. The debate society was quite small until Emilia Carlqvist became president and Carin Falk head of PR. But better ask them about things at this stage…
/Anders Aldvin, treasurer 2011-2012 and one of the three founders
In the summer of 2010, a group of people who previously had been involved in the debating group of the Association of Foreign Affairs of Lund joined forces with accomplished debater Lucinda David, an energetic PhD student from the Philippines, to be the first team (together with a team of students from the Stockholm School of Economics) to represent Sweden in international debating at the European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC) in Amsterdam.
…to be continued
2017 – 2018
- President: Simon Sällström
- Vice president: Mathias Andersson
- Treasurer: Sofia Miskova (until November 2017), Stellan Lindeberg (from November 2017)
- Secretary: Jakub Pawlowski
- Debate Director: Niklas Grabowski (until November 2017), Athanasios Christakos (from November 2017)
- Communications & PR officer: Stellan Lindeberg (until November 2017), Kat Sitnikova (from November 2017)
- Human resources: Jaroslava Ficová (until November 2017), Helga Söderström (from November 2017)
2017 – 2018 was a bit of a turbulent year with many changes in the board. Despite this, the board was able to introduce some new concepts. The first one was the “Debate Speed Date” which is a low-barrier entry-level method of introducing students to competitive debate wherein the idea of not choosing the side you defend is kept. The other was the introduction of separate “Public Debates” that featured the audience both choosing the motion to be debated and the audience determining the winner of the debate using the website mentimeter.com and their mobile phones. Lund IV was a striking success with more than 150 participants from 20+ countries! The activity report from the year can be found here.