Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) 2023
Proposal Submission

​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, from January 8-19, 2023, under the theme ‘Edge.’ The 2023 program will be Chaired by Associate Professor Derya Baran and Co-chaired by Professor Xin Gao

WEP 2023 Edge will be a hybrid program consisting of virtual and physical events taking place on campus.

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Deadline for submissions: Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

WEP 2023: The Theme

Edge – transform the world we know today

WEP 2023 will look at knowledge transformation through the lens of Edge - the cusp of discovery, where the bold take risks to push frontiers to expand understanding, to change the world through research. Edge will seek out the risk-takers across a broad spectrum, not just inter-disciplinary science-pioneers, but the boundary-breakers; the policymakers that enable; the communicators that explain the unexplainable.

Edge will blur the boundaries of disciplines to explore the intersections of energy, digital, food, water, smart health, and environment, bringing adventurous CEOs, deep tech entrepreneurs, and unorthodox inventors to share their insights. Investigating both the technical and social, Edge will ask how they went to the Edge and beyond and how did they share their discovery with the world. Edge will encourage a radical assessment of how we break the borders of understanding, collectively and individually. As scientists, artists, explorers, volunteers, and humans – to understand how we ignite our individual confidence to step into the unknown and the outcomes of that transformative journey on ourselves and the world around us.

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Attributed to Isaac Newton

The infinite possibility in one small word is exhilarating – the Edge is crazy, unpredictable, and compelling. WEP 2023 will take us there and beyond.

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast”

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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We thank you very much for your interest in submitting a proposal. To start please click apply.

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