Workshop – arguing Feminism, and other Social activism

In debating motions about poltics and contemporary events aren’t rare. As for some these topics might be a great opportunity to argue topics they care about, an equal amount of debaters, especially newcomers, may feel insecure of what’s legitimate to say, or where to start talking about complex movements in our contemporary society.

Fear not!
This evening Helena Hecke will teach you the basics of arguing social actism themed debates. These topics seem loaded. By learning about the history about social movemements and the theory of sensible argumentation you will gain more security in debating seemingly delicate topics.

We welcome you to the workshop at Thursday, 10th January 2019 19.30, in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.

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End of the Year 2018 & new debates in 2019

For this year, Tilbury House has been busy!
In March 2018 we organized, after one year break, the Tilbury IV again. Only 6 months afterwards, we organized Tilbury Open, now to invite debaters outside of university.

Through the year we were present at tournaments in the Netherlands, Lund, and in Paris but for the last semester we were proud to send many of our newcomers to Leiden Novice.
A particular success were Ruben Dillmann and Helena Hecke breaking twice this fall. First at our own Tilbury Open 2018, and then at UCU Open.

Further, Helena Hecke organized Thursday evening workshops again. In these she explains the basics of debating and clever strategies, as well as helping out with individual questions and training.

We will be glad to welcome old and new memebers alike in 2019!
The debates will start again on 8th January 2019.
As usual in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne, at 19.30pm.

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Winterfinal is coming

The end of November brings the beginning of the Christmas season for most. For Tilbury House it brings the beginning of our annual Winter final!

The Annual Winter Final is a small tournament within Tilbury House.
Over the course of five weeks we invite every memeber of Tilbury House, old or new, to join every Tuesday for a new round. During these five rounds you and your partner will get to debate exciting motions. You’ll gain a little look in the workings of a debating tournaments, and Tilbury House will accompany you with advice, and experience.
The four winners of the competition will speak at the big final, the 18th January.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018, we will start with the first round of the Winterfinal.
Everybody’s invited to compete, and, of course, to enjoy the debates.

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Tilbury wants you!

Do you want to improve your speeches?
Do you want to improve your English speaking skills?
Do you want to improve your argumentation?
Or all three at the same time?

For every debater in Cologne and those who want to try out debating, Tilbury House welcomes everyone to our Newcomer Day!
Although everyone can join us on every Tuesday they like, this Newcomer Day is for every Newcomer getting a wholesome introduction into debating and argumentation. On this evening we will give you the time getting know us, and us to answer your all questions you might have about debating.

Then meet us Tuesday, 13th November 2018, Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne, at 7.30 pm!

In case you have any questions, you’re equally welcome to contact us on Facebook, or on this website.

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Tilbury House Cologne Open

Actually we hit three birds with one stone:  This autumn we organized our first Open event, for debaters in and outside of university.
Motivated from our comeback in March, Tilbury House organized not only one but two debating tournaments in a year.
Third, we could return to our tradition to let the debate take place in autumn.

At the end of October, the 27th to 28th October 2018, 32 teams arrived in Cologne. In five rounds of British Parliament debate style they competed against each other to speak in the Grand Final – or, for novices, to speak in the Novice Final.

Once again this year we were glad to meet participants from many places of Europe; Such as Denmark, France, Poland, the Uk, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria.
For the autumn season, we found amazing CAs, from but also outside of Europe. Well known but also new talents of the debating scene brought in their expertise to create intriguing as challenging motions.

Milos Marjanovic
Not only did he he break at numerous international competitions, amongst which were Camebridge IV ESL, Budapest Open, and Oxford IV 2017, Milos also is 3rd best speaker ESL of Europe.
Additionally to his many breaks, his achievement comes his achievement as World’s ESL finalist, and semi finalst in Open Euros.
Not only as a speaker but also as judge Mariano could present an impressive record of judge breaks at several tournaments, such as Macau Tournament of Champions 2018, Saint Petersburg Open 2018 Shanghai International debate Open 2018.
Further his activities as debate coach were a great addition to our workshop on Friday.

Ayal Hayut-man
His name alone is speaking for himself yet Ayal deserves his credit where credit is due.
As speaker, he broke thrice at WUDC, was EUDC ESL Champion and Open Finalist. Further, Ayal even won over 10 tournaments, noticeably UCD Law Soc IV, Vienna IV, and Cambridge IV.
As judge, Ayal broke twice, at WUDC.
His participation as CA in tournaments, like Helsinki or Moscow Open, are as numerous as his successes in debating, therefore we were glad to invite him and his elaborated knowledge about debating to our Open.

Ana Vilhemina Verdnik
Ana has an impressive career as a debater. She made it as EUDC Open and ESL Quaterfinalist, and Euros 7th best ESL speaker – all in her first year of debating. At Camebridge IV Ana broke as ESL finalist, and became 9th best ESL speaker. Not only is she a speaker talent but also had a noticeable experience as judge at EUDC Talinn 2017, Oxford IV, and many UK high school competitions.

In light of our new tradition to organize workshops of our series “Become Persuasive in one Day” before the actual tournament, Milos and Ayal held two workshops. The first part by Milos focused on convincing points to use in a debate. The second part by Ayal characterized the most essential models appearing in debates about International Relations.

The Cologne Open brought the following Motions for the first five rounds:

  1. This House Regrets the social expectation of going to the University
  2. This House Would introduce quotas for women in League of Legends Esports teams
  3. This House Believes that the West should impose an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia
  4. Assuming a this technology existed, This House Would allow the allow the use of technology X.
  5. In states with high rates of violent crime This House supports assassination of individuals credibly accused of participating in organized crime


After a full day of diverse motions, the second day Tilbury hosted not only the Semi, and Novice Finals but also another Workshop of “Become Persuasive in one Day”. This time by Ana Verdnik, about priorities of arguments.

The Motion for the Semi Final was: “This House believes that open immigration policy is not good for Germany.”

For the Novice Final the Motion read: “This House regrets the demonization of Donald Trump.”
The teams competing in the Novice final were: Jasmin Glynne and Max Steiner, Anke Steinwart and Sarah Grudzinski, Eugene Golov and Maurzio Raina, and Kai Zhang and Florian Schweitzer.

Kai and Florian succeeded with strong argumentation in this debate, and brought victory for their Danish team.

In the Grand Final the following strong teams qualified: Zeno Galastra van Loon and Lana Moon, Ron Leitrowice and Florens Rilling, Josef Mocovici and Claxx Peucker, David Metz and Marike Breed.

All of them argued the Grand Final Motion:
Assuming that a technology exists that can accurately measure and transfer intelligence This House Would radically redistribute intelligence among the population.”

After debate with amusing speeches, a brave Iron Man standing in for his sadly ill partner, and of course varied cases and arguments, David and Marike convinced the judges by a thoughtful case and striking arguments for them winning. Congratuliants to David and Marike for winning Tilbury House Cologne Open 2018!

Even if they don’t all break, good speakers should never be left unmentioned. Arguments are one part of debating, but so is speaking style. This tournament the best speakers were:

  1. Marike Breed
  2. David Metz
  3. Josef Moscovici
  4. Calyxx Peucker
  5. René Geci
  6. Peter Giertzuch
  7. Alwin Bakker
  8. Miri Mutean
  9. Yimin Ge
  10. Katharina Jansen


Two tournaments in a year demanded a lot of organization and effort yet we received wonderful help from our volunteers. In old fashion of our new habit we offered a catering of self made dishes Pasta with various sauces, gourmet curry, and warming Chili sin Carne.

As little special addition to our tournament, the volunteers set up a fun award “The Seraphim memorial award” for the funniest team name. The winner of this prize was “OPD is a CHinese hoax to make German debate uncomparative.”

Tilbury House wants to thank everyone who made this tournament so enjoyable: The CAs, the lovely participants, the volunteers, and the University of Cologne for having offered us the rooms to make this tournament happen.

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Tilbury House during the summer break

Undeterred by extreme weather, exams and any other temptations, we still meet every Tuesday evening at 19:30 pm to debate! However, please note that the room has changed; after many semesters we are back in the Main Building, in Hörsaal XVIIb.

If you want to join Tilbury House, just come to any of our weekly sessions. We‘re always looking for newcomers. You only need some basic English skills and an interest in proving your point!

For those who are already part of the Society, please check whether you are in the WhatsApp-Group and receive the weekly newsletter. If you‘re not and you want any of these, contact us via E-Mail, Facebook or in person.

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Invitation: Tilbury House 20th Anniversary

Dear Tilbury House Members + Alumni,

You are coordially invited to the Tilbury House 20th Anniversary event!

Starting with some informal debating events in the evening, follows by socials at Hellers Brewery in Roonstr.

Click on this following link for further information:



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