WEP 2021


** 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. 

The first 100% 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.


 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.

Discover more about the WEP experience 


10 Years of Keynote Lectures 

As part of the KAUST 10 celebration, the Enrichment Office has created a 10 Years of Keynotes book, featuring 176 keynotes that you will enjoy discovering and watching them on YouTube.