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Tentative Program

The objective of this 3-week program is to present basic principles that are essential for understanding the Red Sea's unique environment from several aspects of marine and biological sciences, along with the state-of-art-technologies used to support KAUST's research in these areas.

Sixteen (16) workshop participants will be exposed to several aspects of KAUST's work with relevance to understanding the Red Sea, including genomics, ecology, biological oceanography, microbiology, and environmental science. 

 Students will participate in smaller group sessions for a closer examination of one of the topics offered:

  • Biological oceanography
  • Genetics/genomics
  • Microbiology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science

Each of the broad themes (i.e., genomics, microbiology, ecology, biological oceanography, and environmental science) will be covered for about 2 – 3 days. The course intends to provide a general introduction to each of these topics, although students will be exposed to cutting-edge current research carried out in these fields. Students will also be familiarized with the research facilities of the Red Sea Research Center and KAUST Core Labs, including the Biosciences Core Laboratory and the Coastal and Marine Resources Core Laboratory. Ship scheduling permitting, students will participate in a sampling trip aboard KAUST's 35m (115') research vessel, the R/V Thuwal.

In addition to classroom and laboratory activities, a range of social activities and offerings will introduce participants to student life at KAUST. As an example, click the link below to see the schedule from last year's program.