KAUST Discovery


Since it was inaugurated in 2009, KAUST has been envisioned as an international home for science in the Middle East. Inspired by that vision, it has attracted many of the best scientists in different disciplines to become one of the most important research hubs in the Middle East. The KAUST Discovery perspectives offer a closer look at this unique university, and the different individuals and facilities that make it possible. It also covers the breakthrough technologies and innovations taking place within the university that aim to address some of the most challenging problems facing societies everywhere.

The sky’s the limit for Earth observation

September 17, 2017

Emerging technologies are poised to transform how we observe the Earth.

Visualization helps science to see the unexpected

September 10, 2017

Advances in how science is presented means that visual tools can inspire research, as well as make its results accessible to the world.  

Can coral reefs change with the times?

September 1, 2017

Coral ecosystems may be able to adapt rapidly to climate change through natural plastic responses.

The awesome scope of big data

August 6, 2017

Sifting through huge amounts of data may bring better understanding of whale shark social structures, protein targets for drug therapies and disease-causing genes.

A blue carbon future

July 15, 2017

Mangroves, seagrass meadows, seaweeds and saltmarshes, the forests of the sea, perform a vital and often overlooked role in storing carbon and mitigating the effects of climate change.

Winds and waves winding down

June 17, 2017

Wind intensities and wave heights in the Red Sea are decreasing over time—potential for a significant impact on its ecosystem.

A bright future for sustainable agriculture

May 27, 2017

Passionate plant scientist Mark Tester conducts ground-breaking research into plants that could one day help feed the world.

Conservation in the smartphone generation

May 13, 2017

A remarkable collaboration, drawing parallels between human and animal ecology, uses data from smartphones to protect vulnerable species.

Interdisciplinarity helps unravel the protein puzzle

May 6, 2017

The work of a small group specializing in demystifying proteins is having far-reaching effects.

Deep thinking brings underwater robot to life

April 24, 2017

An international, multidisciplinary collaboration that led to the world’s first underwater robotic avatar.