WEP 2021




The first virtual Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) will be held in 2021 from January 10 to 21 under the theme "Connectivity."  

   Chaired by Professor Khaled Nabil Salama               Co-Chaired by Associate Professor Peiying Hong.

About the theme ‘Connectivity’

Never have we been more interconnected, more instantaneously enabled, and more empowered by the personal and professional technology at our disposal. The ability to connect from afar with homelands, mother tongues, communities, and loved ones expands possibilities for us as truly global citizens.

Digital evolution is the phenomenon of our age. We are always "on," "wired" together in our global village. This universal connectivity goes from the tangible to the intangible and from the nanoscale to the mega scale.

In the realms of science and innovation, researchers can now collaborate in a multitude of new and seamless ways. Work is accomplished remotely but also collectively to better understand and solve global challenges.

This year’s topics include:

  • Cognitive, physical, and social connectivity
  • Advanced networks and communications
  • Cyber threats and cybersecurity
  • Monitoring and mitigating threats (infectious diseases, misinformation, violence, crises, and disaster)
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Smart systems and cities


The success of WEP depends upon the enthusiasm and creativity of the entire KAUST community. We would like to thank all members of the community who submitted a proposal for WEP 2021 'Connectivity'. Everyone who submitted a proposal will be informed about the committee's decision during the summer. Invitations to selected speakers will be handled by the Enrichment Office and will also be sent during the summer.


We want to thank the WEP 2021 committee members, who represent the numerous KAUST departments across the university, for their tremendous efforts and involvement in the curation and delivery of WEP 2021 'Connectivity.' The committee is led by the WEP Chair, Professor Khaled Salama, the Co-chair, Associate Professor Peiying Hong and organized by the Enrichment team led by Marie-Laure Boulot.



 What is WEP?

The annual Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) is one of the hallmarks of KAUST. It is a two-week program produced by Academic Affairs’ Office of Enrichment Programs that creates lively and engaging events, taking us away from our regular activities and bringing together KAUST speakers and eminent guests from around the world. It is mandatory for KAUST students to register for WEP once during their degree studies.

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** The poster of WEP 2021 has been designed by the winner of our first poster design contest. This contest received more than 60 entries from in-Kingdom students and the KAUST community. 


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