WEP 2020 will be Chaired by Professor Niveen M. Khashab and co-Chaired by Professor Khaled Salama


I am pleased to announce that the 2020 Winter Enrichment Program at KAUST (WEP) will run from January 12 to 23 under the theme ‘Personalized Medicine’. Professor Niveen M. Khashab has been appointed the Chair of WEP 2020 and Professor Khaled Nabil Salama, the co-Chair.

Personalized medicine is the natural progression of medicine and science, that aims at tailoring practices, interactions, and medicine to the individual patient. If we are interested in treating or curing illnesses, then we must work to ensure that the best medicine is provided to the correct patient.

Niveen Khashab is associate professor of Chemical Science at KAUST’s Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division. Professor Khashab's research interests are in design, synthesis, and applications of "smart" programmable nanomaterials with emphasis on the controlled release and delivery aspects of the systems. These engineered materials are utilized for biomedical, industrial, and environmental applications. She received the 2017 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for Africa and the Arab States, in recognition of her research. 

Khaled Nabil Salama is professor of Electrical Engineering at KAUST’s Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE). Professor Salama's research interests cover a variety of interdisciplinary aspects of electronic circuit design and semiconductors' fabrication. He is engaged in developing devices, circuits, systems, and algorithms to enable inexpensive analytical platforms for a variety of industrial, environmental, and biomedical applications. Recently he has been working on neuromorphic circuits for brain emulation.


WEP is a festival of science at KAUST that creates a lively and engaging atmosphere, taking us away from our regular activities and bringing together the KAUST community, in-Kingdom visitors and eminent speakers from around the world. The success of WEP depends upon the enthusiasm and creativity of everyone. I thank you for your past efforts and look forward to the 2020 WEP program. 

Please join me, Marie-Laure Boulot, and the Enrichment Program Team in thanking Niveen and Khaled for agreeing to lead the 2020 program.

Professor Yves Gnanou

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs


The Call for Proposals is closed

The WEP Committee will be reviewing your proposal(s) between May, June, and July. Then, you will receive a notification to inform you if your proposal has been selected or non-selected during the summer.