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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 16, 2016

Day tour: Jeddah Culture & Jeddah Historic Festival

Location: Meeting point to be announced

By WEP Team

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

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

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

Film Festival: Carbon Nation (2010)

Location: Discovery Theater

By Pedro Da Costa

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

By WEP Team

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

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

Film Festival: The Chinese Mayor (2015)

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

By WEP Team

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

By WEP Team

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

By WEP Team

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

By Luca Passone

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

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

Film Festival: Slow Food Story (2013)

Location: Discovery Theator

By Enzo Di Fabrizio

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

Film Festival: PHD comics Movie Night (2011 & 2015)

Location: Dicovery Theator

By Alex Lockwood

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