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Debating is back!

The Concern Debates 2010-11 season has kicked off, with schools around the country debating the motion that “Genetically modified organisms are essential in combating world hunger.”

This is always a controversial topic, one we’ve had hard-fought National Finals about in the past. If you’re interested in learning more about the issues, check out the “Ending Hunger” leaflet on our resources page.

Big impact

We were happy to hear recently that taking part in the Concern debates had a big impact on some young scientists and young social innovators. Watch the video below – maybe that will be you in a few years! 


You can see all the results from the first batch of debates here. So far, there have been 16 debates where the motion was carried and 20 where it was defeated. Seems like there were plenty of convincing arguments on both sides. 

We’ll be putting up a league table soon so you can follow the highs and lows of your team’s debating year (although hopefully it won’t be as dramatic as the Premiership has been recently!) 

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from students about your debating experience so far, so drop us a line at If we like what you have to say, we’ll post it up here on the blog. 

You can also follow us on Twitter and get all the latest results. It’s good to see @SMCDebating recently set up a twitter account. That’s the St Mary’s College Rathmines Debating Team to you!