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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.

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

By Abdullah Aljoud | Ahmed Harb |

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

Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition 2018

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

Creative Reuse Art workshop

Location: Reuse Center

By Mohammad Alshawaf

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

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

Make Smartphone-enabled Low Energy Devices

Location: Building 9, Room 4125

By Greg Wickham | Martin Mai | Peter Rautek

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

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

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

Stargazing in the Arabian desert - Course

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Bianca Basso

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

By Rory Howlett

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

By Amr Banaja

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

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

Running Academy

Location: Harbor Sports Club

By Abdullah Aljoud | Ahmed Harb |

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

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

KAUST Research Poster Competition

Location: Bldg 9, Hallway

By WEP Team

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

How Can Global Oil & Gas Industry Survive the Next 85 Years?

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

By Helge Haldorsen

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