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Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) for 2015 is coming soon!

Running from January 11 to 22, The 2015 WEP program is larger and more ambitious than ever, with over one hundred events on offer.

This year’s offerings are the direct result of suggestions and event submissions from our faculty, students and community members, making WEP 2015 a program that is created by and for the entire KAUST community.

WEP 2015 features many highlights, including our keynote lectures on topics ranging from archaeology to biologically inspired design to freediving.  This year, we look at rich culture of Saudi Arabia through lectures on poetry, coinage and mining in Saudi Arabia, and present a range of art and recreational events, including a Tinga Tinga painting workshop, a 5K run, improvisation workshops and performances, a racketlon tournament and tours to Old Jeddah and the National Wildlife Center in Taif.

Finally, we’ll wrap up WEP 2015 with a closing evening gala extravaganza featuring a performance by the internationally renowned musical multimedia group Bella Gaia. 

With all these events and many more, WEP 2015 is the most exciting and lively time of the year at KAUST.

We look forward to enriching you at WEP 2015!



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Botanical Tour 2

Location: Campus: Meet at the bottom

We live among a wide variety of native and non-native trees and plants, each with their distinctive traits and features. Join Salah El-Tawm and Martina Viglasska for a fascinating and informative walk ... more

Free-space optical communication (FSO) is an optical wireless system where optical and wireless technologies converge. FSO uses light propagating in free space to transmit high-speed data from one end ... more

Due to the popularity of the class, more sessions are added. Data Science and Big Data Analytics will give students a foundation level understanding of big data and the state of the practice of analy ... more

The Central Engines that Power Active Galaxies

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

Active Galaxies are the most powerful and largest objects in the universe. Their power is generated by supermassive black holes, having masses between ten million and a billion times the mass of the s ... more

The Uncreative Leader

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

Although science is considered the most rigorous and extreme appearance of order in the physical world, the desire for that order, and often the means to declare it, were peculiarly nestled against th ... more

Lecture on 'Optical Wireless Communication'

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2325

General audience lecture: Our current communications infrastructure is based in fiber optics for long-haul signal distribution and RF wireless for mobile access. So how does optical wireless communica ... more

Healthy cooking on a daily basis can be challenging, especially for the food pallet seeking variety and flavor. Throw in some food restrictions or allergies and the task can become overwhelming! Join ... more

Research Poster Competitions

Location: Bldg 20, Lobby

NOTE APPLICABLE TO THE STUDENTS TAKING WEP 2015 AS THEIR DEGREE REQUIREMENT: The 08 credits of this event will be obtained by the students who are presenting their poster during this event ONLY. Only ... more

Publishing Without Pain

Location: Bldg 9, Lecture Hall 2322

Christopher Davey will show you how to get your non-fiction or fiction creation to your audience, without significant up-front expense and within a matter of days from the end of writing to that momen ... more

The Tingatinga painting workshop will be fun, exciting and rewarding to all participants. During this step-by step art workshop you will learn how to create your own amazing Tingatinga painting in bri ... more

Witness the latest innovations in the field of biologically-inspired design in this inspiring keynote lecture. Many natural systems have evolved to perform certain tasks-climbing, sensing, swimming-a ... more

Movies @ WEP 2015: "Apollo 13" by Ron Howard

Location: Cinema Theater

In keeping with our principal WEP theme of light we are presenting a session of "Movies @ WEP" featuring a wide array of classic and contemporary movies. Apollo 13 (1995): The film depicts astronaut ... more