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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.

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

Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition 2017

Location: Bldg 20, Lobby

By Social Responsibility

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

Design and Build Your Own Robot

Location: Bldg 9, Comp. Room 2223

By Ali Outa | Brian Parrott | Fadl Abdel Latif | Hassane Trigui | Sahejad Patel

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

By Brinda Sarathy

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

By Alex Lockwood | April Bailey

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

By Rory Howlett

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

Women in Science and Engineering

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Anne Carlijn Alderkamp | Brinda Sarathy | Joanna Haigh | Suzana Nunes

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

By WEP Team

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

On the Trail of the Glaciers: An Interactive Experience

Location: Bldg 1, Room 2418

By Fabiano Ventura | Paolo Scoppola

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

By Muhammed Al-Jahsh

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

By Suchitra Sebastian

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