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WEP 2023 | Edge

Transform the world we know today

 

About the theme Edge

WEP 2023 will look at knowledge transformation through the lens of Edge - the cusp of discovery, where the bold take risks to push frontiers to expand understanding, to change the world through research. Edge will seek out the risk-takers across a broad spectrum, not just inter-disciplinary science-pioneers, but the boundary-breakers; the policymakers that enable; the communicators that explain the unexplainable.

Edge will blur the boundaries of disciplines to explore the intersections of energy, digital, food, water, smart health, and environment, bringing adventurous CEOs, deep tech entrepreneurs, and unorthodox inventors to share their insights. Investigating both the technical and social, Edge will ask how they went to the Edge and beyond and how did they share their discovery with the world. Edge will encourage a radical assessment of how we break the borders of understanding, collectively and individually. As scientists, artists, explorers, volunteers, and humans – to understand how we ignite our individual confidence to step into the unknown and the outcomes of that transformative journey on ourselves and the world around us.

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Attributed to Isaac Newton

The infinite possibility in one small word is exhilarating – the Edge is crazy, unpredictable, and compelling. WEP 2023 will take us there and beyond.

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Call for Proposals

WEP is built on proposals submitted by the KAUST community. The WEP Committee invites everyone at KAUST to submit a theme-related proposal by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022.  Speakers, panel discussions, events, films, performances - this is your chance to shape the program. What will you bring to WEP 2023, how will you transform the world we know?  Submit your proposal here