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WEP 2019

WEP 2019: TIME

The Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), a hallmark event of KAUST, returns Sunday, January 13 to Thursday, January 24. Chaired by Professor Valerio Orlando, Head of Environmental Epigenetic Program. #WEP2019 features 12 days of keynotes, lectures, discussions, master classes, exhibits, and cultural events all relating to the theme of TIME. Have a look at the schedule and register now!

From picoseconds to millennia, atoms to the universe, silence to sound, aging to rejuvenation, home to work, moment to memory….

“People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between the past, the present and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Albert Einstein

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffett 


What will WEP Cover? 

Week 1                    Week 2      
Sunday, January 13   OPENING NIGHT      Sunday, January 20   TIME & VISUALIZATION  
Monday, January 14   TIME & NUTRITION       Monday, January 21   RACE AGAINST TIME   
Tuesday, January 15   TIME & THE UNIVERSE      Tuesday, January 22   TIME & SOCIETY   
Wednesday, January 16   REWINDING TIME      Wednesday, January 23   TIME & HISTORY   
Thursday, January 17   TIME & DREAMS      Thursday, January 24   FINAL GALA  
Friday, January 18   TIME FOR FUN          
Saturday, January 19   TIME FOR FUN          

The WEP Chair: Professor Valerio Orlando


Valerio Orlando is Professor of Bioscience at KAUST Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division and Head of KAUST Environmental Epigenetics Program (KEEP).

Orlando’s lab interest is the exploration of the epigenetic and noncoding genome mechanisms that allow cells to adapt to the changing environment and how these matter for development, environmental stress, neuromuscular disease, and somatic cell reprogramming.


How we Choose our Themes

Every WEP has a different theme and we build it in collaboration with KAUST students, faculty, community members, alumni, and industrial partners who are invited to submit proposals each year. During a very competitive selection process the WEP Review Committee, chaired by the WEP Chair, considers the scientific and technological aspects of the submissions, as well as their enriching and inspiring nature. It is mandatory for KAUST students to register for WEP once during their degree studies.

In line with KAUST mission to be a source of inspiration and innovative thinking for aspiring scientists, academics, scholars, and entrepreneurs, both nationally and internationally, the Chair of the program, together with the Enrichment Office, strives to choose a stimulating theme that opens new perspectives to the future.

Previous themes:

  • International Year of Chemistry
  • International Year of Light
  • Pulse Food
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Big Marine Animals on the Move
  • Food for All
  • Pushing the Limits:  Challenging Engineering & Science
  • Pioneers
  • Human-Machine Future
  • City of the Future 

For more information, e-mail us at contactwep@kaust.edu.sa.