Registration Now Open

Team Registration

Organisations or institutions who will be sending whole teams are asked to fill out the team registration form. With this form, only one supporting statement has to be uploaded, which will cover all participants. If the identity of the team members, or the coach, is not yet known, please fill 'to be confirmed' into the box in question. 

Individual Registration

If you are not part of a team, but still wish to attend the Global Youth Forum, please fill in the individual registration form. We will endeavour to form teams, and will let you know if you have been placed with two others, and can attend the forum. Please not individual participants in a pre-registered team do not need to fill in the individual registration form. 

Coaches and Judges Track

If you wish to attend as part of the Coaches and Judges Track, but are not going to be bringing a team, please fill in this form. More details on the track can be found here.

Support Statement

Those intending on registering are reminded that they are required to submit a support statement, which will be used to determine which teams will be accepted to attend. In this, teams should reference their debate experience, how attendance will help to develop their debating and debating in their region, and why they should be chosen. 


Each participant at the 2013 IDEA Global Youth Forum will have to pay a registration fee of €800. This covers training and tournament costs, housing, food, social events and some local transportation. You will receive an invoice for your total cost after your registration. 

IDEA will have a bursary available which participants are invited to apply for if necessary. Simply checking the 'Are you applying for financial support?' box will bring you to a series of questions which we will use in determining the financial support applications. 

We will provide partial registration fee waivers and full registration fee waivers. Please note, there is no financial support available to cover the cost of transportation to the forum.

Payment of fee will be by bank transfer, with details available. No registration is complete until the fee has been collected, or fee waiver has been granted. 


Team Registration Form here

Individual Registration Form here

Coaches and Judges Track Registration Form here



Stage One, Initial Application 

The initial application stage will involve each team who wish to participate filling in an online form at the registration page. This will take your name, contact details, address and a short supporting statement outlining your desire to attend. We will only require one statement per team this year. 
Each organisation/institution may register a maximum of three teams.  
We will accept registrations for stage one until Thursday February 28th at 17.00 GMT. We will then contact all those who register to confirm if they have been accepted or rejected by late March. 
We will also accept applications from individuals who wish to attend the forum and be placed on a team with other individual participants. Each individual applicant will have to submit a supporting statement outlining his or her desire to attend. 

Stage Two, Participant Details and Payment

All successful applicants to attend the 2013 Global Youth Forum will then have until late April to submit participant details, and make full payment of their registration fees. If there are extenuating circumstances involved in selection we can offer extensions to this deadline on a case by case basis. 

Stage Three, Remaining Team Spaces Available

We are currently accepting registrations for the second phase, which will conclude on April 30th. Any application to these spaces must be made using the same format as initial applications, and applicants will be responded to accepting or rejecting applicants within one week from the date of receipt of application. 
Once the team cap has been reached, we will start placing people on a waiting list and will allocated spaces as they come available. 

Registration Dates

Applications Open
February 28th – Applications close
March 4th – Rolling applications and waiting list applications opened
Late March - Participants Notified of success or failure in registering
Late April - Deadline for payment and registration of participants from first phase of applications
April 30th - Close of second phase of applications

Who can participate?

The IDEA Youth Forum is open to secondary school debaters and their coaches. In order to be eligible to participate, debaters must be secondary school students at the time of the Forum or have graduated from secondary school in 2013.

Coaches must be 21 years old or older.

The Forum is also open to observers who must be over 21 year olds to attend.

Tracks at the Forum

The following are available as tracks at the Forum (for detailed description of each track please click here)

Karl Popper Debate Championship (KPDC) – is a competitive debate tournament in the Karl Popper Debate Format (3 debaters per team) for secondary school students. KPDC takes place during the first 3 days of the Forum. While debaters will compete, the coaches accompanying the teams will be involved in judging debates.

Mixed Team Track (MTT) – follows the KPDC, with debaters preparing for the Mixed Team Tournament at the end of the Forum.

Coaches and Judges Track (CJT) – follows the KPDC and as its name suggests is for coaches and judges only.

International New Debaters Track (INDT) – introduces new debaters to debate and Karl Popper Format and takes places during the KPDC. Debaters participating in the INDT join the Mixed Team Track after the KPDC is over.

British Parliamentary Track (BPT) – is for debaters who have graduated secondary school in 2013 and will be going to university that year. The BPT begins after the KPDC.


All debates and activities at the Forum will be taking place in English and debaters and coaches are expected to have conversational ability to speak English. For debaters whose English may require assistance, IDEA will provide an instructor experienced with working with EFL students.