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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.

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

Inspired by Polar Explorers - Leadership and Expedition skills

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 3128

By David Hart | Vijay Shah

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

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

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

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

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

Stories in Words and Pictures: Drawing Comics

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 3125

By Casey Zakroff | Maris Wicks

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

By Nahed Taher

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

Field Trip: Stargazing in the Arabian desert

Location: Al Wahbah Crater

By Bianca Basso

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

By Nahed Taher

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

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

Conduct Us!

Location: Discovery Square

By Arts Office

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

By WEP Team

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

By Kip Thorne

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