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Keynote Talks

Please join us each day for the keynote lectures from international speakers in the areas of energy, water, environment, food and health, and the digital domain, all relating to sustainability. More info can be found here.

Scientific Talks

KAUST researchers will present a wide range of scientific talks across our major focus thrusts: Environment, Water, Energy, Food, Health, and the Digital Domain.

A prize will be awarded for the "Best Talk" for our early career researchers.

The complete list of scientific talks can be found below.

Day 1 – November 28: Water

Faculty Talk

locationAuditorium Bldg. 20

16:00 - 16:30   Presenter:  Suzana Nunes

                     Title: Polymeric Membranes for Sustainable Separations

16:30 - 17:00   Presenter: Javier Ruiz Martinez

                     Title: Unraveling the Structure and Role of Mn and Ce for Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO in 

                     Application-Relevant Catalysts and Conditions



locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 2 & 3

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Javier Blanco Sacristán 

                  Title: Assessment of mangrove distribution and potential for afforestation in the Red Sea

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Kasper Johansen

                     Title: Remote Sensing for Precision Agriculture

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Dario Rangel Shaw 

                     Title: Electro-anammox: A novel anaerobic process for the oxidation of ammonium by anammox bacteria                     

locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 4 & 5

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Julie Melissa Sanchez Medina

                     Title: Disrupting the current municipal wastewater treatment paradigm through anaerobic membrane                                   bioreactor

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Lakshmeesha Upadhyaya

                     Title: Hollow fiber-based membrane dehumidification using ionic liquid.  Sustainable materials to process

Faculty Talk

locationAuditorium Bldg. 20

16:00 - 16:30  Presenter: Mohamed H. Elhoseiny

                     Title: How Imaginative and Affective AI can help build sustainable future

16:30 - 17:10   Presenter: Paulo Esteves-Verissimo 

                     Title: The day Facebook went down: a tale of resilience or lack thereof 



locationAuditorium  between Bldgs. 2 & 3

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Mohamed Shalaby 

                     Title: Drone delivery is not only cost-effective, but also environmentally friendly

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Sameh Abdulah 

                     Title: Large-Scale Geospatial Data Science Using ExaGeoStat

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Rawan Alghamdi 

                     Title: Towards a Sustainable Connectivity Landscape: A Cloud-Enabled High-Altitude-Platform System



locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 4 & 5

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Samar Aseeri 

                     Title: A Tool to Visualize Application Mapping onto Shaheen II Nodes

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Ahmed Bader

                     Title: Mobility Analytics

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Peihao Li

                     Title: SCSA: A smart digital analysis tool towards sustainable health care

Faculty Talk

locationAuditorium Bldg. 20

16:00 - 16:30   Presenter: Raquel Peixoto

                     Title: Red Sea Research Center Coral Probiotic Village

16:30 - 17:00   Presenter: Michael Berumen

                     Title: The KAUST-TRSDC partnership: setting ambitious new standards for sustainability

17:00 - 17:30   Presenter: Russell Brainard 

                     Title: Collaborative Research and Monitoring to Support Science-Informed Regenerative Tourism for The  

                     The Red Sea & AMAALA Projects



locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 2 & 3

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Hamed Albalawi

                     Title: Coral Restoration through 3D Printing and Fabrication

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Arnab Hazra 

                     Title: Estimating high-resolution Red Sea surface temperature hotspots, using a low-rank semiparametric

                     spatial model

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Malika Kheireddine 

                     Title: What is The Science we need for the ocean we want?


locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 4 & 5

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Juan Camilo Moreno Beltran

                     Title: Single gene bioengineering as starting point to produce a new generation of super crops with.  

                     enhanced photosynthetic efficiency, stress tolerance, plant yield, and nutritional content

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Thien Nguyen

                     Title: Sustainable Porous Polymers for CO2 Capture and Methane Storage

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Natalia Odnoletkova 

                     Title: Impacts of climate change on Saudi Arabia and KAUST


locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 2 & 3

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Afnan AlBatati

                  Title: Nanostructured Electrodes for Efficient Energy Harvesting and Green Hydrogen Production

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Chima Justin Ezekiel

                     Title: Geothermal Energy for Sustainable Energy Alternative in Saudi Arabia

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Miguel Figueroa Labastida

                 Title: Experimental and computational studies of methanol and ethanol preignition behind reflected shock 


11:00 - 11:20   Presenter: Abaynesh Yihdego Gebreyohannes

                     Title: Advanced membrane-based air dehumidification system for air conditioning: from material to hollow  

                     fiber module device


locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 4 & 5

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Rifan Hardian

                     Title: Machine learning in sustainable materials development

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Hao Huang

                     Title: Lithium Extraction from Red seawater by a-Si 3J cell

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Luis Lanzetta

                     Title: Degradation mechanism of hybrid tin perovskite solar cells: reasons for their instability and solutions

                     towards stable photovoltaics

11:00 - 11:20   Presenter: Diego Mateo

                     Title: Efficient Visible-Light Driven Photothermal Conversion of CO2 to Methane by Nickel Nanoparticles

                     Supported on Barium Titanate

Faculty Talk

locationAuditorium Bldg. 20

16:00 - 16:30   Presenter: Charalambos Konstantinou

                     Title: Electric Power to the People: Building Secure and Sustainable Cyber-Physical Energy Systems 

 16:30 - 17:00   Presenter: Mark Tester 

                     Title: Salt-tolerant plants for saltwater agriculture           

17:00 - 17:30   Presenter: Rod Wing 

                     Title: The Center for Desert Agriculture - Finding ways to feed the world without destroying our planet!



locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 2 & 3

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Yi Lu

                     Title: Monolithic Integration of Deep Ultraviolet and Visible LEDs for Radiative Sterilization

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Abdulkadir Celik 

                     Title: The Internet of Bodies Towards a Sustainable Healthcare System

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Haoliang Lu 

                     Title: Magnetic Materials for Low Power, Biomedical Applications


locationAuditorium between Bldgs. 4 & 5

10:00 - 10:20   Presenter: Intikhab Alam

                     Title: COVID-19 virus Mutation Tracking (CovMT) with special focus on critical variants

10:20 - 10:40   Presenter: Maged Saad

                     Title: DARWIN21 _Desert rhizosphere microbes for sustainable SMART agriculture

10:40 - 11:00   Presenter: Mani Teja Vijjapu

                     Title: Self-powered NO2 gas sensors and fully-integrated gas-sensing systems for sustainable

                     environmental monitoring

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