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This year’s Enrichment in the Fall program ‘Designing Tomorrow’ provides an opportunity to interact and reflect on current developments that will transform our lives in the future.

We welcome to KAUST creative minds from around the world to inspire you with the transformative power of design. They will share with us some of the most outstanding success stories of design, and also failure as part of the process.

Shaping Tomorrow

Design builds on new knowledge and innovation to transform, sometimes in radical ways, our lives. Designers imagine not only how the object will serve the function, but also the way the user experience can be optimized depending on our culture, sensitivity, and individual lifestyles. Doing so, design is at the cross over of technological breakthrough and society changes. 

Open up your mind to inspiration and surprise with unexpected powerful ideas that will spark your imagination and encourage you to contribute to the designs that will shape our tomorrow. 

This Program is chaired by Gilles Lubineau, Professor of mechanical engineering at KAUST,  and led by Marie-Laure Boulot, Manager of the Enrichment Office. 


The KAUST Enrichment Programs are educational programs open to all members of the KAUST community and invited guests.

Keynote lectures, exhibitions, personal and professional development events, as well as cultural, academic, and entrepreneurial events, will create inspiring and entertaining opportunities.

There is something for everyone!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Walk Through KAUST Mangroves - Saturday Morning Tour

Location: Mosque on the Island at Bayt Al Hikmah Boulevard

Guided Tour Mangrove forests protect our shores from rises in the sea level, help mitigate climate change by sequestering high amounts of CO2 in the soils, host a broad range of animals, both marin ... more

Jameel House of Traditional Arts: Saturday Exhibition

Location: Multipurpose room - Discovery Square

  Art Jameel Exhibition Discover the ancient heritage of the old town of Jeddah with an exhibition of works by alumni of the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Jeddah, the pioneering progra ... more

Saturday 21 - Introduction to Geometry: A Workshop for Adults

Location: Multipurpose room - Discovery Square

Learn the language of geometry, at the core of Islamic design and all traditional arts, rooted in the universal truths of nature.  In this workshop, participants will master the tools of geome ... more
Children's Workshop in Traditional Crafts  A popular children's workshop will introduce children of from 6 to 10 years old to the surprising discoveries of the traditional arts – fr ... more

Storytelling Family Session

Location: Building 18 - Student Center Plaza

The Joker of Serendip This storytelling performance is addressed to a family audience. It will present a journey, adventure, and a marvelous oriental story which also tells of the search for love. ... more