Join today!

Debating is fun and useful and, arguably, good for you. If you're interested, the easiest way is to show up in the weekly meeting and have a look. We continuously have new people coming in and out so you don't have to be afraid. The first timers will always be partnered up with a more experienced debater to get an easy start. Also, it's not mandatory to debate - you can only watch if you want. See more benefits on the About debating page.

Who can join?

Anyone can join. All our meetings are held in English, so both Finnish and international students are more than welcome to our meetings. It doesn't matter who you are, where you are from, how old you are or what you are studying - having people with different backgrounds and point of views makes the debates all the more interesting, so if you are interested, please don't hesitate - we'll be happy to welcome you to our club!

Benefits of joining

  • you get to participate in all of our weekly meetings and socials
  • in the case of special events (workshops, tournaments, extra socials and activities etc.) where only a limited number of people can participate, official members of JDS are given first priority
  • in the case of special workshops etc. where you have to pay an attendance fee to participate, official members of JDS are given a discount.

How do I join?

Just come to the weekly debate and join us!

Access and equality

We aim for accessibility for everyone and equality between everyone. About any concerns, please contact us in person at the meetings or email jyvaskyladebatesociety [at]


We don't have any membership fees, participating in the weekly meetings is free for everyone.