The International Directed Evolution Competition (iDEC) is an international public welfare initiative dedicated to building a scientific community to facilitate education, technology sharing, and academic exchange.
Directed evolution represents the powerful irrational design method based on a rational foundation, which will fill in the shortcomings of rational design methods and reshape genetic engineering development in the next 10 years.
By encouraging young students to harness the power of evolution creatively, we aim to disseminate the skills and knowledge required to tomorrow’s bioengineers, which enable them to tackle real-world problems.
The combination of directed evolution technology, young talents' creativity and desire for exploration will significantly expand the technical innovation and application fields of directed evolution. In turn, it will bring new forces to the scientific and industrial circles.
iDEC is committed to organizing an international competition and building a directed evolution science community relying on the power of students and young talents.
The ethos of iDEC is Innovation, Diversity, Equality, Co-construction & Co-operation.
The organizers of iDEC come from all over the world, working together to realize this idea. The first iDEC will be held at the University of Edinburgh, which is to commemorate the adventurous voyage of Charles Darwin, an outstanding alumnus of the University of Edinburgh.
Darwin’s journey 190 years ago was one of the most critical scientific events in human history. By harnessing the power of evolution, we hope that the same adventurous spirit can also inspire contemporary scientists to expand into the unknown.
iDEC is initiated by scientists and students engaged in genetic engineering research. Our initial volunteer team includes members from different countries and cultural backgrounds.
The iDEC HQ is committed to creating an equal, cooperative environment so that all members can enjoy a safe and warm atmosphere. We oppose discrimination of any kind and no discriminatory behavior will be tolerated by the iDEC HQ.
This policy will be reviewed every year.