2014 Winter Enrichment Program (WEP)
January 12-30, 2014
- "Mathemaniac" Simon Pampena Delights KAUST Community with Math Humor
- What to do with my PhD? Social Savvy for Scientists by Mary Mitchell
- Winners of the Annual Research Poster Competitions Announced
- Hejaz Railway Exhibition Displays Kingdom's Rich History
- Nobel Laureate Hartmut Michel on "The Nonsense of Biofuels"
- The Importance of Data Visualization
- WEP 2014 Weekly Preview: Week 3 Highlights
- Explorer Mike Horn Gives Keynote Lecture on Pioneering Expeditions
- Dr. Terri Raney Examines the Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People Sustainably
- Dr. Michael Purugganan - The Origins of Crop Species
- WEP 2014 Weekly Preview: Week 2 Highlights
- Dr. Ingo Potrykus — Golden Rice
- Khalid Al-Falih WEP Keynote Address Highlights KAUST-Saudi Aramco Spirit of Innovation
- WEP 2014 Weekly Preview: Week 1 Highlights
WEP 2014 Highlights
- KAUST/UC Berkeley Entrepreneurship Certified Program
- Lab to Film: Story- Telling in Science
- Edible Botanical Installations - Kokedama Exhibit
- Farmers market
- TANG Art Exhibit
- 5K Fun Run
- Saudi Arabia's Mangroves Field Trip
- African Drumming Classes
- Science Fun Fair
- International Undergraduate Poster Competition
- Ingo Potrykus - "The potential of GMO's for public good & the tough lessons from the Humanitarian Golden Rice project"
- Hartmut Michel - "The Nonsense of Biofuels"
- Cedric Villani - French Mathematician
- Michael Purugganan - "The Evolution of Domesticated Plant Species"
- Jorge Cham - "The power of procrastination"
- Khalid Al-Falih - President and CEO of Saudi Aramco
- Marion Guillou - "Challenges for Environment: Feeding 9 Billion People in 2050?"
- Mike Horn - "Conquering the Impossible"
- Regina Dugan - "A Future We Believe In"
- Staffan Landin – "Is The World Improving? Visualizing Public Data to Understand the World"
- Thanh Tam Le - "Europe in innovation: ambitions, achievements, hardships"
With the launch of WEP's 5th anniversary edition in 2014, the new WEP Chair, Professor William Roberts, spoke about the development of the program over the last five years and highlighted the main themes of the program.
Fifth Anniversary Year
"I am very delighted to be a part of this exciting program as it enters its fifth anniversary year. Building on the very successful previous campaigns, the program has developed into a three-week event offering much in the way of enrichment and inspiration not just for students, post-docs, and faculty/staff, but the entire KAUST community. There really is something for everyone, from keynote lectures from Nobel Laureates to the Science Fun Fair.
"A particular achievement has been the growing collaboration with other In-Kingdom Institutions and our Industrial Partners, seeing us welcome more and more delegates to the program each year. The keynote lecture series is a highlight of the program and we are excited to welcome a dozen world-renowned international speakers to campus to share their expertise, knowledge, experiences and insights with us."
Main themes for WEP 2014
"Looking ahead to WEP 2014 we are preparing to celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming and the main themes of the program will include Underwater, Food & Farming, Environment and Innovation.
As a program, which is designed, managed and executed entirely by an in-house committee and team, we welcome volunteers from our students and the KAUST community and I look forward to seeing more people become involved and broader participation. Please take part and benefit from this unique and diverse program, which is sure to motivate and broaden your horizons, allowing you to see new possibilities and ventures."