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Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) 2016 Highlights

Each year, KAUST runs exciting enrichment programs in the fall, winter and spring. These one and two-week programs are open to all students, faculty and community members and feature a wide variety of engaging events.

From science and technology lectures and workshops to arts, sports and community activities, our enrichment programs offer a range of inspiring experiences for everyone at KAUST.

Beginning with a very special must-see performance on January 9 and wrapping up on January 22, the 2016 Winter Enrichment Program features over one hundred events that explore climate change and sustainability.

WEP 2016 features many highlights, including a range of keynote lectures on topics ranging from science in Hollywood films to polar exploration and the future of the energy industry. Special theme days will focus on climate change, the polar regions and the future of food, fuel and living.

Our chair for WEP 2016 is Prof. Mark Tester, Associate Director of the Center of Desert Agriculture at KAUST.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A Very Special Theatre Production: 2pm Matinee Performance

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

Please note that due to popular demand, we will now have two performances on Saturday, January 9 for this very special theatre production. For the evening performance, go to WEP1151. If you are a stu ... more

A Very Special Theatre Production: 7:30pm Evening Performance

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

Please note that due to popular demand, we will now have two performances on Saturday, January 9 for this very special theatre production. For the daytime matinee performance, go to WEP1151. If you a ... more
Sunday, January 10, 2016
KAUST is host to a wide range of research on new foods and agricultural methods. Seeking ways to improve the ability of plants to withstand drought and the hot and salty environment of Saudi Arabia, s ... more
The Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design week offers you a mix of lectures, workshops, group activities, experiential learning, prototyping sessions and Innovation Challenges that aims to widen you ... more
Are you interested in finding new hands-on ways of re-using everyday items that are considered waste? The purpose of this workshop is to provide a learning opportunity to KAUST community to convert da ... more
This workshop is aimed at giving the student hands-on experience with designing, building and programming robotic systems. The workshop is project-based, where each team will build their own robot and ... more

Climate Policy Workshop

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 3131

The aim of this three morning workshop is to help students understand the complexities around develop climate policies and proposals. Proposals take different forms, with different reference years, r ... more

Lab2Film

Location: Building 9, Room 3125

Science and technology have infinite potential for solving local and global concerns. However, many scientists are unable to convey their research in a meaningful or moving way for a general audience. ... more
What constitutes “big data” and do data analytics represent an intrinsic divergence from traditional simulation? Does data science require computers differently proportioned in their architecture, wit ... more

Network with our Speakers - 1

Location: WEP Hub

What is WEPs greatest natural resource? The people! WEP is an opportunity to network. Make the most of this natural resource by talking to some of the most experienced, innovative, passionate people ... more
What are the effects of climate change on our oceans? In this seminar, four climate change experts will discuss how the marine world is reacting to threats caused by climate change and the future of ... more
Join us for the Opening Night of the 2016 Winter Enrichment Program! 5:00 p.m. Introduction to WEP Prof. Mark Tester, Chair of the Enrichment Programs 5:10 p.m. Welcome Remarks by President Dr. Jean ... more
WEP 2016 welcomes the third annual ‘Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition’ – a unique opportunity for anyone in the KAUST community to present artwork celebrating Saudi Arabia. ‘Celebrate Saudi Arab ... more
Monday, January 11, 2016
The Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design week offers you a mix of lectures, workshops, group activities, experiential learning, prototyping sessions and Innovation Challenges that aims to widen you ... more
WEP 2016 welcomes the third annual ‘Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition’ – a unique opportunity for anyone in the KAUST community to present artwork celebrating Saudi Arabia. ‘Celebrate Saudi Arab ... more
This workshop is aimed at giving the student hands-on experience with designing, building and programming robotic systems. The workshop is project-based, where each team will build their own robot and ... more

Climate Policy Workshop

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 3131

The aim of this three morning workshop is to help students understand the complexities around develop climate policies and proposals. Proposals take different forms, with different reference years, r ... more

Lab2Film

Location: Building 9, Room 3125

Science and technology have infinite potential for solving local and global concerns. However, many scientists are unable to convey their research in a meaningful or moving way for a general audience. ... more

Communicating Science with the Media

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

Publishing papers in specialist journals is not the only way to communicate your science, however, describing your science to non-specialists can be challenging. In particular, explaining the main me ... more
In Saudi Arabia, women account for 60% of graduates from higher education and will play a key role in the development of the new knowledge economy. There is an enormous opportunity to expand women's ... more
Join us for an hour long networking session with the speakers from Monday's "Women in Science" panel. Final List of Speakers to be Confirmed: Dr. Anne Carlijn Alderkamp Dr. Bianca Basso ... more

Golf Tournament

Location: Safaa Golf Club

Love golf? Participate in the WEP 2016 golf tournament! This year we have two separate events you can take part in: 18 hole putting tournament: This tournament can be attempted at any time during th ... more
This two-afternoon seminar will include major lectures and interactive sessions on climate research, climate prediction, climate fix mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability. Featuring international ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more

Arabic for Beginners

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

If you've ever wanted to learn Arabic, here's your chance! This course is designed for students with either no prior knowledge of Arabic or some limited experience of studying the language. The cour ... more

The Next Generation of Superconductors

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

Current technologies from silicon chips to computer memory to mobile phone displays are all derived from the fundamental quantum properties of materials. Creating novel materials and manipulating thei ... more
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design week offers you a mix of lectures, workshops, group activities, experiential learning, prototyping sessions and Innovation Challenges that aims to widen you ... more

Running Academy

Location: Harbor Sports Club

If you're an avid runner or a novice, Running Academy will help you improve and enjoy your running experience. Managed by an Olympic professional runner, this academy will help both novice and experie ... more
WEP 2016 welcomes the third annual ‘Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition’ – a unique opportunity for anyone in the KAUST community to present artwork celebrating Saudi Arabia. ‘Celebrate Saudi Arab ... more
Are you interested in finding new hands-on ways of re-using everyday items that are considered waste? The purpose of this workshop is to provide a learning opportunity to KAUST community to convert da ... more
This workshop is aimed at giving the student hands-on experience with designing, building and programming robotic systems. The workshop is project-based, where each team will build their own robot and ... more
Over three morning sessions you will learn the basics of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled, ultra-low power microcontrollers and use rapid prototyping tools to build a BLE-enabled device that is able ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more

Climate Policy Workshop

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 3131

The aim of this three morning workshop is to help students understand the complexities around develop climate policies and proposals. Proposals take different forms, with different reference years, r ... more

Lab2Film

Location: Building 9, Room 3125

Science and technology have infinite potential for solving local and global concerns. However, many scientists are unable to convey their research in a meaningful or moving way for a general audience. ... more

Stargazing in the Arabian desert - Course

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

This two-day morning course is aimed at beginners who want to know more about how to observe the wonders of the night sky with the naked eye using binoculars and a small telescope. We will explain th ... more

How to Publish Your Science in High-Impact International Journals

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

Like it or not, publishing papers in high-impact journals remains the most important measure of the quality of a scientist's work. In this lecture, Dr. Rory Howlett, Chief Editor of Nature Climate Ch ... more

Competencies Needed for Future Success

Location: Bldg 9, lecture 2322

The lecture will tap into current world trends and how these trends will impact the workplace of the future. We will look at the competencies needed to adapt to these changing workplaces, and how thes ... more
This two-afternoon seminar will include major lectures and interactive sessions on climate research, climate prediction, climate fix mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability. Featuring international ... more
This two-afternoon seminar will include major lectures and interactive sessions on climate research, climate prediction, climate fix mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability. Featuring international ... more

Golf Tournament

Location: Safaa Golf Club

Love golf? Participate in the WEP 2016 golf tournament! This year we have two separate events you can take part in: 18 hole putting tournament: This tournament can be attempted at any time during th ... more

Running Academy

Location: Harbor Sports Club

If you're an avid runner or a novice, Running Academy will help you improve and enjoy your running experience. Managed by an Olympic professional runner, this academy will help both novice and experie ... more

Arabic for Beginners

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

If you've ever wanted to learn Arabic, here's your chance! This course is designed for students with either no prior knowledge of Arabic or some limited experience of studying the language. The cour ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more
In his presentation, Dr. Haldorsen will first present a 'state of the E&P industry' analysis which concludes that incremental and radical improvements are needed in 4E (efficiency, economics, environm ... more
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design week offers you a mix of lectures, workshops, group activities, experiential learning, prototyping sessions and Innovation Challenges that aims to widen you ... more
Polar Explorers, Vijay & Hart will be offering graduate students the opportunity to participate in a specifically created for KAUST, Education through Expeditions Leadership Award. The ETE Leadership ... more

Running Academy

Location: Harbor Sports Club

If you're an avid runner or a novice, Running Academy will help you improve and enjoy your running experience. Managed by an Olympic professional runner, this academy will help both novice and experie ... more
This workshop is aimed at giving the student hands-on experience with designing, building and programming robotic systems. The workshop is project-based, where each team will build their own robot and ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more
Over three morning sessions you will learn the basics of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled, ultra-low power microcontrollers and use rapid prototyping tools to build a BLE-enabled device that is able ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more

Lab2Film

Location: Building 9, Room 3125

Science and technology have infinite potential for solving local and global concerns. However, many scientists are unable to convey their research in a meaningful or moving way for a general audience. ... more

Dangerous Climate Change in the Arctic: Why should we care?

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

This event is a brown-bag lecture - a free light lunch will be provided. This lecture is part of the Polar Day. The Arctic is the region of the world most affected and vulnerable to climate change. ... more

Network with our Speakers - 4

Location: WEP Hub

What is WEPs greatest natural resource? The people! WEP is an opportunity to network. Make the most of this natural resource by talking to some of the most experienced, innovative, passionate people ... more

Golf Tournament

Location: Safaa Golf Club

Love golf? Participate in the WEP 2016 golf tournament! This year we have two separate events you can take part in: 18 hole putting tournament: This tournament can be attempted at any time during th ... more

KAUST Polar Lecture Series

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

Join KAUST and International polar experts for an afternoon of lectures focused on the state of the polar caps and what the implications of their future might be. 2:00pm - 2:40pm Ozone Effects on the ... more

Running Academy

Location: Harbor Sports Club

If you're an avid runner or a novice, Running Academy will help you improve and enjoy your running experience. Managed by an Olympic professional runner, this academy will help both novice and experie ... more

Cool phytoplankton research in Antarctica

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

In this lecture, marine microbiologist and biological oceanographer Anne Carlijn Alderkamp looks at her research on how the physiological properties of marine microorganisms affect the marine biogeoch ... more

Arabic for Beginners

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

If you've ever wanted to learn Arabic, here's your chance! This course is designed for students with either no prior knowledge of Arabic or some limited experience of studying the language. The cour ... more

Climate Change through the eyes of a Polar Explorer

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

Explorer Vijay Shah will deliver a keynote lecture on his expeditions to the Arctic and travels across the globe reflecting on first hand experience of how climate change is affecting the world. From ... more
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design week offers you a mix of lectures, workshops, group activities, experiential learning, prototyping sessions and Innovation Challenges that aims to widen you ... more
Polar Explorers, Vijay & Hart will be offering graduate students the opportunity to participate in a specifically created for KAUST, Education through Expeditions Leadership Award. The ETE Leadership ... more

Running Academy

Location: Harbor Sports Club

If you're an avid runner or a novice, Running Academy will help you improve and enjoy your running experience. Managed by an Olympic professional runner, this academy will help both novice and experie ... more
This workshop is aimed at giving the student hands-on experience with designing, building and programming robotic systems. The workshop is project-based, where each team will build their own robot and ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more
Over three morning sessions you will learn the basics of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled, ultra-low power microcontrollers and use rapid prototyping tools to build a BLE-enabled device that is able ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more
BAM! POW! WOOSH! Comic books are a visual narrative. This combination of words and pictures gives the reader a unique experience, comics can be full of everything from sounds effects to layered dialog ... more

Towards a Knowledge-Based Saudi Economy

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

What does it take to lead Saudi Arabia into a Knowledge-Based Economy? Just ask Dr. Nahed Taher, the first female to lead a bank in the Gulf. And not just any bank, but the most successful bank in the ... more
Attending the two-day morning course WEP910 (http://www.acadox.com/class/23148) is a pre-requisite to this field trip. Only a limited number of participants who complete the course will be able to be ... more

Network with our Speakers - 5

Location: WEP Hub

What is WEPs greatest natural resource? The people! WEP is an opportunity to network. Make the most of this natural resource by talking to some of the most experienced, innovative, passionate people ... more

Golf Tournament

Location: Safaa Golf Club

Love golf? Participate in the WEP 2016 golf tournament! This year we have two separate events you can take part in: 18 hole putting tournament: This tournament can be attempted at any time during th ... more

Conduct Us!

Location: Discovery Square

The Community Orchestra will take music to the KAUST community! We will set up our chairs and music stands at Discovery Square and invite passers-by to try their hand at directing our orchestra in one ... more

Farmers Market: Farm to Fork

Location: Discovery Square and the Multipurpose Room

The KAUST Farmers Market, part of the sustainable food movement, will feature locally sourced produce, nuts, seeds, honey, and fresh fish for purchase. Sponsored by the KAUST Food and Service Departme ... more

Opening of the WEP Film Festival: Interstellar (2014)

Location: Discovery Theater - Room # 1

Join us as we open the 2016 Winter Enrichment Film Festival with a screening of the Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster 'Interstellar', followed by a discussion with the film's scientific advisor, Dr. ... more
Friday, January 15, 2016
Polar Explorers, Vijay & Hart will be offering graduate students the opportunity to participate in a specifically created for KAUST, Education through Expeditions Leadership Award. The ETE Leadership ... more

Fun run

Location: Harbor Sports Club

This is fitness at its best! Everyone in the community can take part by either running for fun, walking with friends or even racing to win, just come on down and get active. Race departure will take ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more

Film Festival: Climate of Change (2010)

Location: Discovery Theater

Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton narrates this documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Brian Hill (Songbirds) focusing on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference i ... more

Film Festival: Divide in Concord (2014)

Location: Auditorium (building 20)

Divide in Concord' is a feature-length documentary that follows the entertaining tale of banning bottled water in small town America. In 1775, Concord patriots fired the infamous "shot heard round th ... more
Attending the two-day morning course WEP910 (http://www.acadox.com/class/23148) is a pre-requisite to this field trip. Only a limited number of participants who complete the course will be able to be ... more

Film Festival: ThuleTuvalu (2014)

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

Two places at the edge of our planet are making headlines due to climate change: Thule, Greenland, because of record ice melts there; and Tuvalu, because this remote Pacific island nation is one of th ... more

Film Festival: The Mother Grain (2014)

Location: Discovery Theater

The Mother Grain' is a photo-book and documentary project about the rapid rise in popularity of quinoa and is focused on the lives and methods of the local Aymara and Quechua Bolivian farmers, who are ... more

Golf Tournament

Location: Safaa Golf Club

Love golf? Participate in the WEP 2016 golf tournament! This year we have two separate events you can take part in: 18 hole putting tournament: This tournament can be attempted at any time during th ... more
This documentary from the Post-Carbon Institute in California, led by Richard Heinberg, deals with the fact that our way of life based on fossil fuels is not sustainable and highligt the importance of ... more

Film Festival: Interstellar - An additional screening

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

If you missed the opening of the 2016 Winter Enrichment Film Festival showing the Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster 'Interstellar', you'll have the opportunity to catch up with this additional scree ... more

Farmers Market: Farm to Fork

Location: Discovery Square and the Multipurpose Room

The KAUST Farmers Market, part of the sustainable food movement, will feature locally sourced produce, nuts, seeds, honey, and fresh fish for purchase. Sponsored by the KAUST Food and Service Departme ... more

WEP Film Festival: Soylent Green (1973)

Location: Discovery Theater

We are excited to host the annual WEP Film Festival, featuring a curated selection of 20 films focused on Science, Climate Change and Environment. In a densely overpopulated, starving New York City o ... more

Film Festival: Chasing Ice (2012)

Location: Discovery Theater

We are excited to host the annual WEP Film Festival, featuring a curated selection of 20 films focused on Science, Climate Change and Environment. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photo ... more
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Day tour: Jeddah Culture & Jeddah Historic Festival

Location: Meeting point to be announced

This fascinating trip includes the following: Jeddah Heritage Festival 2016 (pending final confirmation) Al Tayebat Museum Safeya Binzagr Art Gallery (includes gift shop with prints) ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more

Film Festival: Carbon Nation (2010)

Location: Discovery Theater

Carbon Nation' is a documentary about climate change solutions. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don't buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film ... more

Film Festival: Slums:Cities of tomorrow (2013)

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

This heartfelt documentary brings us into the heart of disparate communities around the world who take refuge in slums, squats, and other makeshift homes. Coming together to survive social and econom ... more
Polar Explorers, Vijay & Hart will be offering graduate students the opportunity to participate in a specifically created for KAUST, Education through Expeditions Leadership Award. The ETE Leadership ... more

Film Festival: The Chinese Mayor (2015)

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

This film follow sthe life and work of a controversial Chinese mayor, Geng Yanbo, to tell the story about how he takes a radical reform to demolish 140,000 households and relocate half a million peopl ... more

Film Festival: The Salt of the Earth (2014)

Location: Discovery Theater

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastio Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our rec ... more

Film Festival: Racing Extinction (2015)

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, director Louie Psihoyos will change the way we understand issues of endangered species and mass extinction by showing the world never-before-seen images. Whether ... more

Film Festival: Living on One Dollar (2013)

Location: Discovery Theater

Living on One Dollar' is an award-winning film that has been called "A Must Watch" by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross that follows the journey of four friends ... more

Farmers Market: Farm to Fork

Location: Discovery Square and the Multipurpose Room

The KAUST Farmers Market, part of the sustainable food movement, will feature locally sourced produce, nuts, seeds, honey, and fresh fish for purchase. Sponsored by the KAUST Food and Service Departme ... more

Film Festival: Slow Food Story (2013)

Location: Discovery Theator

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people's dwindling inter ... more
We are excited to host the annual WEP Film Festival, featuring a curated selection of 20 films focused on Science, Climate Change and Environment. For the last night of the WEP 2016 Film Festival, we ... more
Sunday, January 17, 2016
What is WEPs greatest natural resource? The people! WEP is an opportunity to network. Make the most of this natural resource by talking to some of the most experienced, innovative, passionate people ... more
Join us at the KAUST Greenhouse to look at the work the Center for Desert Agriculture is conducting in developing an improving sustainable agriculture. There is an intrinsic link between the challeng ... more
WEP 2016 welcomes the third annual ‘Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition’ – a unique opportunity for anyone in the KAUST community to present artwork celebrating Saudi Arabia. ‘Celebrate Saudi Arab ... more
This is a week-long intensive workshop that looks at most aspects of designing a desalination plant using Dow technologies. Over the workshop, the participants will firstly be introduced to sea water ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more

Lean Startup Bootcamp

Location: Bldg 19, Hall 2

The Intensive lean program is a three-day program with an audience limit of 50 participants. This program is of particular interest to faculty and students that are contemplating an invention disclosu ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more
This traditional West African music course introduces students to the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. During this four session class, students will learn to play basic or intermediate rhythm ... more
It's time to bring out the creative writer within! Writer Carolina Sanin will take you on a three-session Creative Writing Workshop in which you will do several exercises in creative writing (fiction ... more
Agriculture is by far the largest global water consumer, with an estimated 70% of global fresh water use going to agriculture. In the local context, it is estimated that 80% of annual fresh water use ... more

Life Without Oxygen

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

In this three-morning course, Dr. James G. Ferry will give a broadly accessible, introductory overview to anaerobic microorganismsラlife forms fundamentally different from the aerobic world that have a ... more
BAM! POW! WOOSH! Comic books are a visual narrative. This combination of words and pictures gives the reader a unique experience, comics can be full of everything from sounds effects to layered dialog ... more
This traditional West African music course introduces students to the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. During this four session class, students will learn to play basic or intermediate rhythm ... more

Climbing: An Expression for an Intelligent Sustainability

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

Boris Cyrulnik, a french neurologist and psychiatrist, said that climbing is an act of freedom. It is similar to kids who climb everywhere to prove they are above the rules imposed by the elders. Cli ... more

The PLANTOID Project

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

This lecture is part of our 'Future of Food' day. The STREP PLANTOID Project will aim at designing, prototyping, and validating a new generation of ICT hardware and software technologies inspired from ... more

A Dual Role For Plant Cell Walls: Advances in Human Health and Biofuel Production

Location: University Library, level 2, Sea View Area

This lecture is part of our 'Future of Food' day. Prof. Geoff Fincher looks at recent advances in human health and biofuel production trough work on plant cell walls Determined attempts to convert p ... more
It's time to bring out the creative writer within! Writer Carolina Sanin will take you on a three-session Creative Writing Workshop in which you will do several exercises in creative writing (fiction ... more
This is a week-long intensive workshop that looks at most aspects of designing a desalination plant using Dow technologies. Over the workshop, the participants will firstly be introduced to sea water ... more

Protein Engineering and Industrial Enzymes

Location: University Library, level 2, Sea View Area

In this lecture, several examples of industrial enzyme applications will be presented as well as DuPont's Accelerated Evolution process for their improvement. Enzymes are molecules (proteins) found i ... more

Quinoa: Modern Improvements for an Ancient Crop

Location: University Library, level 2, Sea View Area

This lecture is part of our 'Future of Food' day. Prof. Jellen will present the efforts of his laboratory to deepen the scientific knowledge base for understudied crops, with a specific focus on indi ... more

African Drumming Advanced Drum Class

Location: Discovery Square, MPR

This traditional West African music course further teaches students about the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. Students with previous experience in drumming will learn to play intermediate and ... more

Arabic for Beginners

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

If you've ever wanted to learn Arabic, here's your chance! This course is designed for students with either no prior knowledge of Arabic or some limited experience of studying the language. The cour ... more
In 2006, astrophysicist Kip Thorne and movie producer Lynda Obst conceived the underlying concepts for a science fiction movie that ultimately, in the hands of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, became I ... more
Monday, January 18, 2016
WEP 2016 welcomes the third annual ‘Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition’ – a unique opportunity for anyone in the KAUST community to present artwork celebrating Saudi Arabia. ‘Celebrate Saudi Arab ... more
This is a week-long intensive workshop that looks at most aspects of designing a desalination plant using Dow technologies. Over the workshop, the participants will firstly be introduced to sea water ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more

LabVIEW and Data Acquisition Workshop - A

Location: University Library, Computer Lab, Level 3

LabVIEW is a comprehensive development environment that contains all the tools engineers and scientists need to design and deploy measurement and control systems. In this workshop, explore the fundam ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more
This traditional West African music course introduces students to the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. During this four session class, students will learn to play basic or intermediate rhythm ... more
It's time to bring out the creative writer within! Writer Carolina Sanin will take you on a three-session Creative Writing Workshop in which you will do several exercises in creative writing (fiction ... more
Agriculture is by far the largest global water consumer, with an estimated 70% of global fresh water use going to agriculture. In the local context, it is estimated that 80% of annual fresh water use ... more

Life Without Oxygen

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

In this three-morning course, Dr. James G. Ferry will give a broadly accessible, introductory overview to anaerobic microorganismsラlife forms fundamentally different from the aerobic world that have a ... more
BAM! POW! WOOSH! Comic books are a visual narrative. This combination of words and pictures gives the reader a unique experience, comics can be full of everything from sounds effects to layered dialog ... more
This traditional West African music course introduces students to the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. During this four session class, students will learn to play basic or intermediate rhythm ... more

Bioinspired Soft Robotics: A Technical Talk

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

Robots today are expected to operate in a variety of scenarios, being able to cope with uncertain situations and to react quickly to changes in the environment. In this scenario a strong relationship ... more
Making smart choices about how we spend our time during a busy work day can greatly boost the results we get. With new tools, available for free or little cost, your computer or smart phone can be a g ... more

Network with our Speakers - 7

Location: WEP Hub

What is WEPs greatest natural resource? The people! WEP is an opportunity to network. Make the most of this natural resource by talking to some of the most experienced, innovative, passionate people ... more
This is a week-long intensive workshop that looks at most aspects of designing a desalination plant using Dow technologies. Over the workshop, the participants will firstly be introduced to sea water ... more

Life Without Oxygen: An introduction to anaerobic microorganisms

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

In this public lecture, Dr. James G. Ferry will give a broadly accessible, introductory overview to anaerobic microorganisms -life forms fundamentally different from the aerobic world that have a sign ... more
Agriculture is by far the largest global water consumer, with an estimated 70% of global fresh water use going to agriculture. In the local context, it is estimated that 80% of annual fresh water use ... more

Sustainability at KAUST

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 3125

Join Amr Atiah, the manager for Operations & Sustainability as he describes the strong link between KAUST and Sustainability, the LEED Certification for Academic Campus, the Sustainability Committee a ... more

African Drumming Advanced Drum Class

Location: Discovery Square, MPR

This traditional West African music course further teaches students about the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. Students with previous experience in drumming will learn to play intermediate and ... more

Arabic for Beginners

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

If you've ever wanted to learn Arabic, here's your chance! This course is designed for students with either no prior knowledge of Arabic or some limited experience of studying the language. The cour ... more

60 Years of DNA

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1928, James D. Watson was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received a B.S. in 1947, and Indiana University where he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1950. In 19 ... more
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dam3a; tasabeeh - An arabic calligraphy art exhibit - A

Location: Museum Bldg 19, Level 1, Hall A

Visit the KAUST Museum of Science and Technology in Islam and view a very special temporary calligraphy art exhibit by Dr Nader Yehia Azab. Dr. Azab's artwork reflects on personal and group emotions ... more
During this three hour workshop, attendees will be inspired by Magali Jeantelot's paintings and Thierry Mauger's photographs of Asir murals. They will work together to create their own large-scale pai ... more
It's time to bring out the creative writer within! Writer Carolina Sanin will take you on a three-session Creative Writing Workshop in which you will do several exercises in creative writing (fiction, ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more

LabVIEW and Data Acquisition Workshop - B

Location: University Library, Computer Lab, Level 3

LabVIEW is a comprehensive development environment that contains all the tools engineers and scientists need to design and deploy measurement and control systems. In this workshop, explore the fundam ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more
This traditional West African music course introduces students to the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. During this four session class, students will learn to play basic or intermediate rhythm ... more
Agriculture is by far the largest global water consumer, with an estimated 70% of global fresh water use going to agriculture. In the local context, it is estimated that 80% of annual fresh water use ... more

Life Without Oxygen

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

In this three-morning course, Dr. James G. Ferry will give a broadly accessible, introductory overview to anaerobic microorganismsラlife forms fundamentally different from the aerobic world that have a ... more
This traditional West African music course introduces students to the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. During this four session class, students will learn to play basic or intermediate rhythm ... more
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1928, James D. Watson was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received a B.S. in 1947, and Indiana University where he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1950. In 19 ... more

Science Fair

Location: Campus Spine / Auditorium, Bldg 20 for Chris Smith's Science Show

Showcasing science at KAUST! Every year during WEP, the Science Fair brings technology and science to the KAUST community and local schools. This is a great opportunity to come and learn about the sc ... more

International Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 20, Lobby

KAUST is excited to present its annual international poster competition. Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibit as international undergraduate students present their best research in poster format, ... more

African Drumming Advanced Drum Class

Location: Discovery Square, MPR

This traditional West African music course further teaches students about the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. Students with previous experience in drumming will learn to play intermediate and ... more

Stripping down science

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

Chris Smith reveals how he has used the power of the Internet to create one of the world's most popular science shows…
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Campus Botanical Tour

Location: Campus -Meet at the bottom of the stairway in front of the Student Center (Bldg 18)

"We live among a wide variety of native and non-native trees and plants, each with their distinctive traits and features. Join Carol Khadra and Martina Viglasska for a fascinating and informative wal ... more
This is a week-long intensive workshop that looks at most aspects of designing a desalination plant using Dow technologies. Over the workshop, the participants will firstly be introduced to sea water ... more

Experience Asir

Location: University Library, Level 2, Lobby

Experience the amazing diversity of Asir architecture and painted mural art through a lecture, a photography and painting exhibit and a special exhibition by fashion designer Yahya Al-Bishri. These e ... more

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

Join KAUST graduate students and Postdocs as they present their best research in poster format, allowing you to see their work in a clearly understandable and attractive visual presentation. This even ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more
This traditional West African music course introduces students to the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. During this four session class, students will learn to play basic or intermediate rhythm ... more
It's time to bring out the creative writer within! Writer Carolina Sanin will take you on a three-session Creative Writing Workshop in which you will do several exercises in creative writing (fiction, ... more
For Graduate Students Only Most often the dream academic career commences with a postdoc position. But what happens if your plans change while you are a postdoc? Preparing well for a postdoc role an ... more

Surfactants: On the borderline of the 4 elements

Location: Building 9, Classroom 3128

Over two three-hour morning sessions, this course will give a general overview about the possibilities of interfering at the interface of water and oil in detergents and in emulsions and will embed th ... more

Web-programming: The basics of an e-commerce website

Location: University Library, Computer Lab, Level 3

Are you interested in learning how websites work? How Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and many others store your information and share it with the world? In this tutorial you will learn the basics of web- ... more

Web-programming: The basics of an e-commerce website

Location: University Library, Computer Lab, Level 3

Are you interested in learning how websites work? How Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and many others store your information and share it with the world? In this tutorial you will learn the basics of web- ... more
A special opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, January 20 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. This fascinating photographic exhibition explores the differences and common ground between the photographic wo ... more

Expanding the Canvas for Innovation at KAUST

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

Mark Crowell is passionate about innovation. With over 25 years of experience in academic innovation, he has designed programs that have helped launch more than 135 startup companies and numerous prod ... more

Network with our Speakers - 8

Location: WEP Hub

What is WEPs greatest natural resource? The people! WEP is an opportunity to network. Make the most of this natural resource by talking to some of the most experienced, innovative, passionate people ... more
It's time to bring out the creative writer within! Writer Carolina Sanin will take you on a three-session Creative Writing Workshop in which you will do several exercises in creative writing (fiction, ... more
This is a week-long intensive workshop that looks at most aspects of designing a desalination plant using Dow technologies. Over the workshop, the participants will firstly be introduced to sea water ... more

Experience Mongolian Throat Singing with KHUSUGTUN

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

Preview the amazing Mongolian folk music style of our Final Gala performance group, KHUSUGTUN. This is a unique opportunity to learn the history of throat singing and discover the instruments used by ... more
For Graduate Students Only Most often the dream academic career commences with a postdoc position. But what happens if your plans change while you are a postdoc? Preparing well for a postdoc role an ... more

The Algae House Project

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

This lecture is part of our 'Future of Living' day. In this lecture, Dr. Stefan Hindersin will introduce the world’s first 'Algae House', equipped with 200 m² of bioreactor facade. Microalgae cultur ... more

Dam3a; tasabeeh - An arabic calligraphy art exhibit - B

Location: Museum Bldg 19, Level 1, Hall A

Visit the KAUST Museum of Science and Technology in Islam and view a very special temporary calligraphy art exhibit by Dr Nader Yehia Azab. Dr. Azab's artwork reflects on personal and group emotions ... more

African Drumming Advanced Drum Class

Location: Discovery Square, MPR

This traditional West African music course further teaches students about the vibrant music and traditions of Senegal. Students with previous experience in drumming will learn to play intermediate and ... more

Experience Asir

Location: University Library, Level 2, Lobby

Experience the amazing diversity of Asir architecture and painted mural art through a lecture, a photography and painting exhibit and a special exhibition by fashion designer Yahya Al-Bishri. These e ... more
Five hundred years after the world was first circumnavigated, old fashioned seafaring has emerged as a powerful driver of exploration, innovation and discovery in the ocean. This keynote lecture will ... more
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dam3a; tasabeeh - An arabic calligraphy art exhibit - C

Location: KAUST Museum Bldg 19, Level 1, Hall A

Visit the KAUST Museum of Science and Technology in Islam and view a very special temporary calligraphy art exhibit by Dr Nader Yehia Azab. Dr. Azab's artwork reflects on personal and group emotions ... more

Field Trip to Al Sawfa Cement Company

Location: Meet at Large Tamimi

This trip will allow you the chance to visit a KICP member plant with a focus on sustainability. Meet the bus at the Large Tamimi at 8:00 A.M. About Al Sawfa Cement Company: Al Safwa Cement Company ... more
A special opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, January 20 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. This fascinating photographic exhibition explores the differences and common ground between the photographic wo ... more
This is a week-long intensive workshop that looks at most aspects of designing a desalination plant using Dow technologies. Over the workshop, the participants will firstly be introduced to sea water ... more
This exhibition will be open from Monday, January 11 until Thursday, January 21. A special reception will be held on Monday, January 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate the opening of this work. "O ... more

KAUST Energy Lecture Series

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

Join us for a series of lectures by KAUST speakers on energy and its impact on climate change. 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.: "Carbon: Beyond sustainability and climate change" Dr. Pedro Da Costa, Associate Prof ... more
For Postdocs Only Most often the dream academic career commences with a postdoc position. But what happens if your plans change while you are a postdoc? Preparing well for a postdoc role and learnin ... more

Surfactants: On the borderline of the 4 elements

Location: Building 9, Classroom 3128

Over two three-hour morning sessions, this course will give a general overview about the possibilities of interfering at the interface of water and oil in detergents and in emulsions and will embed th ... more
For Postdocs Only Most often the dream academic career commences with a postdoc position. But what happens if your plans change while you are a postdoc? Preparing well for a postdoc role and learnin ... more
This is a week-long intensive workshop that looks at most aspects of designing a desalination plant using Dow technologies. Over the workshop, the participants will firstly be introduced to sea water ... more
WEP 2016 welcomes the third annual ‘Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition’ – a unique opportunity for anyone in the KAUST community to present artwork celebrating Saudi Arabia. ‘Celebrate Saudi Arab ... more

Final WEP Gala -- Live performance and Awards

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

Don’t miss our Final Gala as we celebrate the end of the seventh annual Winter Enrichment Program, featuring an evening of live performance and awards. WEP Committee Chair Mark Tester will kick off th ... more
Friday, January 22, 2016

Beach Day

Location: South Beach

Join us to celebrate the successful WEP program with a community day at the beach – fun beach activities, competitions and prizes have been selected for you! Program: 1:30 – 6:00 pm: Volleyball ... more