Show debates are organized events that are open to the public to promote debating. They cover topics related to current events or other topics that are of interest to the general public and the Aalto Debating Society and the Helsinki Debating Society typically host these jointly. The events usually involve an introductory speech on the topic by recognized experts in the field and followed by a debate between experienced debaters from both societies. After the debate we invite the audience to ask questions of the experts and participate in a discussion. At these events we aim to inspire participants to become interested in debate and engage in discussion on current events.
At show debates or workshops, visiting experts, professors, or experienced debaters from other societies are often asked to participate or teach to bring a fresh, outside perspective.