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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.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Network with our Speakers - 6

Location: University Library

By Barbara Mazzolai | Eric Jellen | Geoff Fincher | Jeff Maughan | Thihs Kaper

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

Towards Sustainable Agriculture - A visit to the Campus Greenhouse

Location: Campus Greenhouse

By Muppala Reddy

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

Celebrate Saudi Arabia Art Competition 2019

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
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

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

Lean Startup Bootcamp

Location: Bldg 19, Hall 2

By Abdulrahman Aljiffry | Ozan Sonmez

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

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

African Drumming Beginners Drum Class A

Location: Discovery Square, MPR

By Ali Diop | Makha Diop

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

Creative Writing Workshop A: Writing and Experience

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 4125

By Carolina Sanin

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

By James Ferry

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

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

African Drumming Beginners Drum Class B

Location: Discovery Square, MPR

By Ali Diop | Makha Diop

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

By Sahraoui Chaieb

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

By Barbara Mazzolai

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

By Geoff Fincher

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

Creative Writing Workshop A: Writing and Experience

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 4125

By Carolina Sanin

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

By Thihs Kaper

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

By Eric Jellen

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

By Ali Diop | Makha Diop

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

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

A Physicist in Hollywood: The Science of Interstellar

Location: Bldg 20, Auditorium

By Kip Thorne

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