Enrichment Programs 2022 Proposal Submission

 WEP 2022 Call for proposals - Guidelines
The annual two-week Winter Enrichment Program results from selected proposals submitted by the KAUST community. The KAUST Winter Enrichment Program (or WEP) is one of the signature events during KAUST’s academic year.  It will take place over two weeks in January 2022, from January 9 to 20, under the theme ‘Resilience.’ The 2022 program will be Chaired by Associate Professor Peiying Hong ​and co-Chaired by Associate Professor Derya Baran.

WEP 2022 Resilience will be a hybrid program consisting of virtual and physical events taking place on campus.
Deadline for submissions: Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
About the theme Resilience’ 

Resilience. It’s the ability to withstand adversity—to weather challenges, setbacks, and unforeseen circumstances. The global pandemic has tested the resilience of people and systems the world over. But humanity has proven resilient in a time of exceptional adversity. And so it is with cautious optimism that the theme for WEP 2022 is Resilience.

WEP 2022 will explore tipping points—stress events such as climate change, pandemic, resource shortage, rapid population growth, and more. What makes tipping points happen? How can we predict when they will occur? And how can we adapt, recalibrate and bounce back stronger?

We hope that the theme “Resilience” would provide an approach for the global community, regardless of our perspectives and background, to come together in a collaborative manner and address the various adversities.

WEP 2022 will explore Resilience through three overlapping topic areas​:

  • Food, water, energy, and environment
  • Digital
  • Health​


Crop production must double by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population. In the face of competing interests for water resources, land for biofuel production, and the growth of urban areas, how can we sustainably feed our future population? Can we grow food on marginal lands? And should we farm in arid environments?


Water sustains life. Humanity must have a reliable water supply and sanitation infrastructure that can adapt and respond to change. How do we plan infrastructure development to ensure resilience in the face of adversity?


Extreme weather conditions related to climate change affect our food, water, energy, and health. How do we improve the resilience of our vulnerable ecosystems? And how do we plan for future cities without being at odds with environmental sustainability?


Global power consumption is 18.5 terawatts, and demand is set to increase by 1% annually. Current methods of energy production release greenhouse gases back into the environment, fueling a vicious cycle of climate-change-induced detrimental impacts. How should we power the planet sustainably? And in the meantime, how can we sequester emissions to limit impact?


The COVID-19 pandemic was first identified in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019 and since then, has evolved into variant strains that continue to stress healthcare systems the world over. How are microorganisms evolving to continue impacting our daily lives? And how do we defend ourselves by building up more robust, global health response, research, and care delivery systems?


The dependence of modern societies on cyberspace makes them vulnerable to attack. Accidental faults, design errors, cyberattacks, or unexpected operating conditions in computational tools and networks could impose a dynamic range of threat severity, which could impede sustainable operations from a micro- to macro-scale. How do we model, architect, and design our computers, networks, and devices with diversity, flexibility, resilience, and built-in baseline defenses?​

For any questions regarding proposals, please email us at contactwep@kaust.edu.sa ​
Who can submit a WEP proposal? 
All applicants should be part of the KAUST community:
  • KAUST faculty
  • KAUST students
  • KAUST staff
  • KAUST community
  • KAUST alumni
  • KAUST self-directed groups
What is a WEP proposal?
Interested in inviting a speaker for a keynote lecture or an artist to offer a workshop? Would you like to be a presenter on the WEP stage?  WEP offers the community the chance to propose content for a wide variety of events related to a new theme each year. We invite you to submit a proposal related to this year’s theme. Proposals that fall under a different topic will also be considered for future programs.   
Proposals will be reviewed for their ability to enrich and broaden the knowledge and the experience of graduate students and the larger community and In-Kingdom visitors. Your proposal cannot be a specialized symposium or class that could be offered during the academic year to a specific group of students. 
WEP includes credited and non-credited offerings. Credited offerings are available to MS and Ph.D. students to attend to fulfill their WEP attendance requirements. Your proposal might be offered for credits depending on the different categories; keynote lectures, academic, personal & professional development, entrepreneurial, industrial, cultural, recreational, or film festival.  The Committee will decide the final credit amount. 
Speakers and instructors may be:

  •  KAUST faculty, students, staff, or community members
  •  In-Kingdom speakers 
  •  International speakers
Examples of proposal formats: 
  • Keynote lectures: A keynote lecture is set for a broad audience of students, faculty members, and community members; a keynote lecture lasts for 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions and answers. Topics of keynote lectures are of broad interest and should appeal to the entire KAUST community. Keynote Speakers are usually invited to present two lectures, a general one for a general audience and a specific one for a specialist audience. 
  • Distinguished Lectures: A single, stand-alone session, a lecture generally focuses on research and results and may be addressed to a specialized audience, although non-specialists may attend. 
  • Courses: A course is a series of lectures. Participants are expected to attend all sessions of a course to receive course credit. 
  • Workshops: A workshop is a series of sessions that brings together a small group of participants and focuses on interaction and exchange of information about methods, skills, and techniques. Participants are expected to attend all workshop sessions to receive credit. 
  • Exhibitions: Are a display of science or art. Typically, exhibitions are displayed during the ​entire duration of the program. Presentations and guided tours are also part of the overall planning around this proposal. 
  • Event: This type of proposal entails a specific activity such as poster competitions, farmers market, tours, or sports. 
  • Panel Discussion: An interactive discussion between the audience and panelists.   
  • Film Screening and Discussion: As part of the WEP Film Festival, speakers and scientists will introduce and lead discussions for a range of educational documentaries and fictional film screenings related to the theme. A proponent of movies is also asked to submit a presenter for the introduction and the Q&A session at the end of the movie. ​   
  • Performance: This proposal is usually a musical or artistic talent performance.
What is the requested information?
What is the learning outcome of this event? What can attendees expect to benefit and take away from this event? The description of your event should be brief and clear (1000 characters). Make sure this description is easy to read and understandable for anyone in our community, avoiding the use of advanced technical terms.  
Your proposal will fall into the following categories; keynote lectures, personal & professional development, entrepreneurial, academic, cultural, industrial, recreational, or film festival. 
The below PDF lists all the requested information to proponents to complete the online application form.​

What is the review process?
The WEP Committee in charge of reviewing and selecting the proposals is comprised of faculty, staff, and students representing all members of the KAUST community.
The committee selects proposals based on the following criteria:
  • Potential to enrich and inspire
  • Broad appeal to students and community
  • Quality of speakers
  • Length
  • Cost vs. benefit
What does WEP financially support?
Once the WEP Committee accepts your proposal, the WEP department agrees to financially support the following:
  • Financial Support of the Speaker(s) 
  • ​Travel and lodging arrangements (visa: We will assist and guide the speaker through the visa process. The visa will be approved by the Saudi Authorities, airfare ticket, transportation, KAUST Inn, and meals) as per the WEP travel policy guidelines (available upon request)
  • Honorarium might be granted, and it varies according to the contribution. KAUST speakers are not eligible for an honorarium.
  • ​Social Activities: expenses paid for WEP-scheduled activities may include*, a Red Sea boat trip, Jeddah tour, access to the beach, gym, and golf course 

Financial Support of the Event:

  • Logistics and purchase of special material
  • ​Catering
Please note, WEP will not financially support and organize any other activities. Keynote speakers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
*In compliance with updated KAUST policies. 
What is the timeline? 
 The WEP Committee will be reviewing your proposal between April - July. Then you will receive a notification to inform you if your proposal has been selected or non-selected during Summer. The WEP Committee will officially send out invitation letters to the speakers during Summer.
Submit your WEP proposal
We thank you very much for your interest in submitting a proposal. To start please click apply.  ​
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