What kind of events do we offer?

From evening keynotes lectures, lunchtime lectures, to workshops, performances, and other special events, we offer something for everyone!  

There are four main categories of events that you can attend:

  • Academic
  • Cultural
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Recreational
  • Personal and Professional Development

We schedule our programs for your convenience, with events held at lunchtimes, mornings, evenings, and weekends.


Who can attend?

Our programs are open to anyone at KAUST – faculty, researchers, community members, and Economic Development partners. Personal visitors may attend keynote lectures only as long as their KAUST sponsor accompanies them. We may grant special passes to visitors from outside the KAUST community by invitation from our partners' Saudi Initiatives and Innovation & Economic Development


How can I register my children and spouse to this website?

If you have dependents under the age of 12, you can register them for this website by visiting 'my profile' at the top-right of the navigation bar. Once you are at 'my profile,' click on 'Register Dependents' on the left-hand column and your dependents will appear for you to register.

Note that spouses are included in this list, but anyone over the age of 12 with a KAUST ID can register themselves.


Is there a babysitting service during the events?

We do not organize babysitting services during the program. 


How can I add events to my calendar?

To receive automatic reminders popping up in your professional calendar of the events you registered to, go to 'my schedule' on the navigation bar and click on 'Download iCalendar (ICS) file.'


Are there any more Enrichment Programs coming up?

The 2020 Winter Enrichment Program

We create the two-week-long Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, and a nominated KAUST faculty chair, who decides on a theme for each program and selects content from proposals submitted by the KAUST community. Deciding on a theme for each program is an immersive, enlightening, challenging, and focused work. WEP will return in January 2020 under the theme 'Personalized Medicine'. Discover more about WEP 2020.


KAUST held a TEDxKAUST event on Saturday, August 31, 2019, under the theme 'Driving Force' sponsored by the Enrichment Office. The talks will be available soon. For more information visit TEDxKAUST 2019


This program runs since 2003 by The Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS), an international transdisciplinary centre for cultural analysis, cultural theory, and cultural history in the arts related to all topic areas of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). This program brings artists and scientists together in an experimental framework and has brought the collaboration between artists and KAUST since 2016. www.artistsinlabs.ch. Learn more about the upcoming and past collaborations.