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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.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Campus Botanical Tour

Location: Campus -Meet at the bottom of the stairway in front of the Student Center (Bldg 18)

By Carol Khadra | Martina Viglasska

"We live among a wide variety of native and non-native trees and plants, each with their distinctive traits and features. Join Carol Khadra and Martina Viglasska for a fascinating and informative wal ... 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

Experience Asir

Location: University Library, Level 2, Lobby

By Magali Jeantelot | Mashary Al-Naim | Yahya Al-Bishri

Experience the amazing diversity of Asir architecture and painted mural art through a lecture, a photography and painting exhibit and a special exhibition by fashion designer Yahya Al-Bishri. These e ... 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

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 B: 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

Preparing for a Postdoc Experience

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 3125

By Keith Micoli | Sam Castaneda

For Graduate Students Only Most often the dream academic career commences with a postdoc position. But what happens if your plans change while you are a postdoc? Preparing well for a postdoc role an ... more

Surfactants: On the borderline of the 4 elements

Location: Building 9, Classroom 3128

By Felix Mueller

Over two three-hour morning sessions, this course will give a general overview about the possibilities of interfering at the interface of water and oil in detergents and in emulsions and will embed th ... more

Web-programming: The basics of an e-commerce website

Location: University Library, Computer Lab, Level 3

By Christian Pauyac

Are you interested in learning how websites work? How Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and many others store your information and share it with the world? In this tutorial you will learn the basics of web- ... more

Web-programming: The basics of an e-commerce website

Location: University Library, Computer Lab, Level 3

By Christian Pauyac

Are you interested in learning how websites work? How Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and many others store your information and share it with the world? In this tutorial you will learn the basics of web- ... more

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Location: Bldg 16, Lobby

By Jan Haskovec | Martina Viglasska

A special opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, January 20 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. This fascinating photographic exhibition explores the differences and common ground between the photographic wo ... more

Expanding the Canvas for Innovation at KAUST

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Mark Crowell

Mark Crowell is passionate about innovation. With over 25 years of experience in academic innovation, he has designed programs that have helped launch more than 135 startup companies and numerous prod ... more

Network with our Speakers - 8

Location: WEP Hub

By Felix Mueller

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

Creative Writing Workshop B: 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

Experience Mongolian Throat Singing with KHUSUGTUN

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By WEP Team

Preview the amazing Mongolian folk music style of our Final Gala performance group, KHUSUGTUN. This is a unique opportunity to learn the history of throat singing and discover the instruments used by ... more

Preparing for a Postdoc Experience

Location: Bldg 9, Classroom 3125

By Keith Micoli | Sam Castaneda

For Graduate Students Only Most often the dream academic career commences with a postdoc position. But what happens if your plans change while you are a postdoc? Preparing well for a postdoc role an ... more

The Algae House Project

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Stefan Hindresin

This lecture is part of our 'Future of Living' day. In this lecture, Dr. Stefan Hindersin will introduce the world’s first 'Algae House', equipped with 200 m² of bioreactor facade. Microalgae cultur ... more

Dam3a; tasabeeh - An arabic calligraphy art exhibit - B

Location: Museum Bldg 19, Level 1, Hall A

By Nader Azab

Visit the KAUST Museum of Science and Technology in Islam and view a very special temporary calligraphy art exhibit by Dr Nader Yehia Azab. Dr. Azab's artwork reflects on personal and group emotions ... 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

Experience Asir

Location: University Library, Level 2, Lobby

By Magali Jeantelot | Mashary Al-Naim | Yahya Al-Bishri

Experience the amazing diversity of Asir architecture and painted mural art through a lecture, a photography and painting exhibit and a special exhibition by fashion designer Yahya Al-Bishri. These e ... more
Five hundred years after the world was first circumnavigated, old fashioned seafaring has emerged as a powerful driver of exploration, innovation and discovery in the ocean. This keynote lecture will ... more