Daniel Koch

Daniel Koch

Daniel Koch is a chemist who helps with funding Vienna EUDC….. No, not what you think! Okay, one thing after the other: Daniel studies Technical Chemistry at the Technical University of Vienna. He works on funding applications for Vienna EUDC. He joined DKWien in 2014 and started helping in the Euros project team soon after. He is specifically looking for tasks that challenge his skills in a different way than analysing the chemical reactions in the troposphere and similar university lectures. Have you ever tried to convince a multi-national company to fund a completely student-run project of the magnitude of our tournament? These are the sorts of unique experiences and responsibilities that come with being part of the Euros team. Daniel does it for the joy of the activity and for the joy of working in a team. Are you now convinced to give him the go-ahead for the requested funding?

If you are, his ideas would not end in the troposphere. Yes, seriously, he would host Euros on the International Space Station. Or he would take Euros on a tour through the country, similar to the European Football Championship that was hosted throughout Austria in summer 2008. Imagine debating on a mountain on Day 1 and going for a swim in a crystal-clear mountain lake afterwards. On Day 2, you would mingle with the people in Austria and debate in a vineyard in sunny Burgenland. For the final days, you would visit Vienna, our beautiful capital. Luckily the last part is actually happening! Time will be passing much too quickly, Daniel is sure, and that will be the measure of the tournament’s success.

As a measure for the success of debating in Austria, Daniel says it needs to be introduced to many more schools and many more students, because debating is not a question of why or if, but of how, as “One cannot not debate in life.” To live on, humans need to be conscious of themselves. Debating helps to find and secure one’s own reality in communication with other people. It connects abstract ideas with one’s own life, such as the carelessly dropped cigarette and its environmental burden on the next generations for 1000 years into the future. The thrill, the joy and the stress of putting all of these challenges into just 15 minutes of preparation time, 7 minutes of speaking and an hour of listening to a debate is something that needs to be introduced to all students, Daniel proposes, now and after Vienna EUDC. The joy and stress won’t be over for him after Euros, as he is preparing for a triathlon just a few days after the competition.

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