Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Regional BP workshop, tournament slated for March in Vilnius, Lithuania

If you're a university student interested in improving your British Parliamentary debate skills, the IDEA Regional Debate Workshop and Mini-Tournament, March 27-28, is for you.

Interact with and learn from top international trainers, judges and debaters, and participate in a mini-debate competition.

The workshop and all the debates will be conducted in English. The workshop and mini-tournament are open to teams as well as individuals. If you do not have a teammate, we will find one for you in Vilnius!

Dates: 27th-28th March (arrive the 26th in the evening or the 27th in the early morning, depart the 28th in the evening or the 29th in the morning; see the program below)

Participants will enjoy a mixture of group, individual and team coaching, and they will get detailed feedback aimed at improving their skills. Theory and practice will be experienced side-by-side, with workshops and feedback combined to offer a fantastic learning experience. When speakers are eliminated from the competition on Sunday, they will turn into adjudicators, participating in the remainder of the tournament from a whole new angle.


Neill Harvey-Smith
Neill is a professional communication consultant with clients including Barclays, KPMG and BCG. From 2003-09 he was Managing Director of Debate Chamber Ltd. He has adjudicated 6 World Championship Grand Finals, is a former Chief Adjudicator of Europeans, US Nationals, the HWS Round Robin and dozens of other major tournaments. As a speaker, he won World Masters, was twice the national champion and a Worlds Grand Finalist as well as winning around 25 inter-varsity competitions. He is a former Chair of the World Debating Council.

Beth Conner
Beth is a trainee barrister at BPP in London. She is a Diplock Scholar at Middle Temple, who also awarded her a Blackstone Entrance Exhibition. Beth read English at St. Andrews, where she obtained a First-Class Masters degree and was on the Dean's List for Academic Excellence. In two years as a debater, she was a Worlds Masters finalist and reached the Mace final. She has adjudicated the finals of WUPID, US Nationals, St. Andrews and broken at Worlds.

Mihhail Jevdokimov
Mihhail has been involved in competitive debating for 4 years as a debater, judge and coach. He was twice the Baltic Debate Champion, winning the competition in 2008 and 2009. He also won Kyiv Spring 2008 tournament and made it to the English as a Second Language final at Oxford IV 2009. As an adjudicator, Mihhail broke at the European Championships 2008 in Tallinn.

Monika Bukelskyte
Monika is a homegrown Lithuanian debater and adjudicator. She was a finalist at Baltics and the Kyiv Open 2009.


9 Warm-up and personal goal setting
9.30 Debate Workshop
11 Round 1
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Round 2
3.30 Debrief – review personal goals
4.00 Advanced Workshop
5.00 Close

9 Round 3
10.30 Announce break
11.00 Semi-finals
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Final motion announced
2.00 Final
3.30 Results, Feedback and Prize-Giving
4.00 Close

The tournament, workshop, and two lunches are provided by IDEA. Participants are responsible for travel and accommodations. IDEA has limited funding available for participants in need of financial assistance to cover some of their costs. If you would like to attend but lack all the resources, please contact Marcin Zaleski at mzaleski@idebate.org

Location: „Santara“ Secondary School: Juozapaviciaus Str. 12; Vilnius

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