Responsible Debate: Panel Discussion and Workshop



Democratic politics has always been a place of discussion, disagreement and debate. However, recent politics seems to be increasingly polarised, and channels of information are increasingly siloed. In this context, the Young Academy of Scotland and The Ethics Cup want to promote ways of discussing controversial topics in a constructive fashion that help us recognise common ground and achieve common cause.

Please join us on 1st June, 10-12noon, for a workshop about ‘responsible debate’, funded as part of the University of St Andrews’ Scotland’s Future Series.

The event will begin with a moderated panel discussion about techniques for and barriers to responsible debate. Our panellists will be drawn from different sectors of society, and will include politicians and experts in mediation.

After a break for refreshments, we will move to a more interactive session. Through a series of gentle exercises, participants will be able to practice different tools and techniques that will help us think about how we listen, how our identities impact the way we debate, and how we can find common purpose with each other even when we disagree.

Tickets are free, but booking is required. To register for the event, please fill out this form.

Please note: this is an in-person event, taking place in Lower College Hall at the University of St Andrews. We will be following the health-and-safety guidelines relating to Covid-19 that are in place at the University of St Andrews at the time of the workshop. We will circulate more detailed information to participants nearer the time.

Event Details

Date & Time
Wednesday 1 June
10 – 11:30

Lower College Hall
University of St Andrews

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