International Debate Education Association (IDEA), the NUIG Literary and Debating Society and the National University of Ireland, Galway are organizing the 2013 IDEA Global Youth Forum. IDEA will be taking care of the curriculum, trainers and content preparation; communication with participants and international publicity and overall management of the event. The Literary and Debating Society will be securing the venues and transportation; organization of socials and trips and providing general participants care upon arrival.

About IDEA 

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on non-formal education. We support public discourse, active citizenship and participation locally in order to promote mutual understanding and democracy globally. IDEA develops, organizes and promotes debate and debate-related activities in communities throughout the world. Established in 1999 to coordinate pilot debate programs initiated by The Open Society Institute, IDEA acts as an independent membership organization of national debate clubs, associations, programs, and individuals with the same goal as IDEA.
IDEA is registered in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States; its debates take place in over 60 languages in over 50 countries throughout the world. To find out more about the organization please follow this link.

The Literary and Debating Society


The Literary and Debating Society is by far the oldest society of NUI Galway founded in 1846 and it has gone from strength to strength from then into its current 166th session. The society is extremely active in its promotion of the debate among not only the university student body but also with local schools creating a regional debating championship for the students. The society also has been a force in bringing a high standard of political discussion, to philosophical debate and never forgetting the lighter comedic events.


The Lit & Deb has a wealth of experience in organising large debating events, such as the annual National Law Debates, the National Maidens competition and, most notably, the 2011 European University Debating Championships, which brought 600 debaters and judges to NUI Galway in August 2011. 


National University of Ireland, Galway

The National University of Ireland Galway is a vibrant University of approximately 17,000 students. The university prides itself on having a strong student culture and actively supports student groups and endeavours, as a result it has been announced as the Sunday Times university of the year 2009-2010. It strikes a balance with the traditional such as the quadrangle and the cutting edge architecture of the new 'campus of the future' buildings while remaining intimate and tightly knit campus.