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Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany
The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics scientists are improving cereal crops’ ability to grow in tough environments using the latest biotechnology leading to higher yields and more nutritious crops. This research involves both genetic modification (GM) and non-GM techniques. Scientists and policy makers agree that improving food productivity is one part of the solution to global food security especially considering predicted climatic variability, decreases in arable land, urban encroachment and other impacting factors.
Automated non-destructive phenotyping of cereals for forward genetic discovery of genetic basis underlying variation in salinity tolerance traits.
Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities for technology and the natural sciences. It has nearly 18,000 students from over 100 different countries, of whom 3,800 are doctoral students.
Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias, Spain
We are conducting field evaluation trials of the Salicornia inbred lines developed at KAUST in collaboration with ICBA Scientists
Nested association mapping population of barley, for forward genetic studies of traits that are hypothesised contribute to salinity tolerance
An internationally renowned institution, the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine, which covers the broad scope of basic sciences, clinical sciences and public health, has the three-fold mission of teaching, research, and improvement of health.


The James Hutton Institute is an international research centre based in Scotland. The work we do is right at the top of the global agenda and involves tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems including the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security.
Biomolecules, cells, plants and animals are the center of teaching and research in the Department of  Biology at the University of Berne.
Our three Institutes of Cell Biology, Plant Sciences and Ecology & Evolution focus on biological processes reaching from the  molecular level to cell structures to plant and animal species and their communities.
Chemical genomics strategy for identifying genes enabling maintenance of root growth upon addition of salt.
The University of Seville is an institution that provides the public service of superior education by means of studies, teaching, and research, as well as the generation, development and diffusion of knowledge to serve citizens and society.
Proteomic study of vacuolar membrane from barley leaf mesophyll to identify salt-induced proteins that correlate with salt-induction of Na+/H+ antiporter activity.
Wageningen University is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. We do so by working closely together with governments and the business community.

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Museum celebrates the contributions of Muslim scholars to science and technology during the first Golden Age of Islam from the 650 to 1650.
KAUST advances science and technology through bold and collaborative research. It educates scientific and technological leaders, catalyzes the diversification of the Saudi economy and addresses challenges of regional and global significance, thereby serving the Kingdom, the region and the world.

Research Centers

The Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) at KAUST draws on multiple engineering and science disciplines, all of which contribute to the improvement of existing combustion technologies, while allowing to pursue novel and innovative solutions. A key goal of the Center is to develop simple, cost-effective processes for supplying clean energy by combustion, partial oxidation, or other means relying on chemical energy conversion. The Center research agenda includes the improvement of less conventional processes such as hydrocarbon fuels gasification in order to obtain hydrogen or hydrogen-rich fuels, while capturing the carbon for sequestration or use in high value-added materials.
Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) will develop innovative knowledge discovery and data integration platforms for the biomedical field through graduate-level research in systems and integrative biology. In so doing, it will build human capacity for a knowledge-based economy through the training of future leaders in Computational Biology, by challenging them with novel solutions to difficult problems. It will provide a leading role in the Kingdom in the search for bioactive molecules for use in agriculture, aquaculture, medicine, as well as the biotechnology and bioprocess industries, and will facilitate utilization and conservation of local ecosystems. As the pivotal force for international collaborative computational life science research in the Kingdom, and following a core concept of KAUST, the Center will unite academic and commercial partners through collective local and international projects of significance.

​The Center possesses top expertise and performs fundamental and application-oriented research in a variety of areas of visual computing, such as: geometric modeling and geometry processing, scientific visualization, virtual reality, rendering, simulation, computational geometry and topology, computer vision, and imaging science. There is a strong focus on novel applications with a high potential for the advancement of science and technology. In particular, the Center provides a unique interactive environment that cultivates multidisciplinary collaborations among KAUST researchers and students as well as industry researchers and collaborators interested in exploring the mathematical properties of systems in pure sciences and engineering.

The Center will develop innovative graduate-level research programs in various multidisciplinary areas including nanotechnology, materials science, and chemical, biological and environmental engineering. The Center will play a leading role in the search for advanced polymeric and inorganic membrane structures and devices for economic and environmentally benign processing of natural gas and oil resources in the Kingdom, as well as more efficient desalination of seawater and wastewater treatment. These challenging goals will be carried out in collaboration with KAUST academic and industrial partners. The Center will strive for fundamental academic excellence with the mission of providing ideas for development of commercial membrane products for domestic and international use.
​The center will develop new catalysts, new catalytic reactions, and new catalytic technologies which are crucial to meet these future challenges. The center will move from "catalyst discovery" to "catalysis by design."
​The primary focus of the Red Sea Research Center is developing a scientific basis for sustaining and conserving coral reef environments along the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.
The Center’s mission is to have a direct impact not only on the science and engineering discoveries in the area of renewable energy, but also on preparing the future workforce in this exciting field. According to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Program, alternative energy employment is projected to rise noticeably in the renewable energy sector - more than eight million jobs will be created by 2030. Our mission also will involve an active engagement with local and non-local communities in the Kingdom in order to raise the awareness about benefits of alternative energy to the quality of life and economy in the Kingdom, and the world. The mission will be accomplished by adopting an aggressive Center outreach plan as detailed below.
​The mission of the KAUST Center for Water Desalination and Reuse is to contribute research and development toward the integrated and sustainable exploitation of impaired-quality drinking water sources with a minimization of energy use, chemical use, waste residuals, environmental impact and carbon footprint. This mandate will serve Saudi Arabia, deprived of sufficient fresh water supplies and already heavily involved to desalination, as well as the proximate region spanning the Arabian Gulf/Peninsula, the Middle East, Northern/Eastern Africa, and South Asia. The Center will help thrust Saudi Arabia to the global forefront of desalination/reuse technology research, development, adaptation, and dissemination.

Core Labs

​KAUST’s Core Labs and Major Facilities are complemented by:
Machine Shop: for the design and fabrication of prototype devices and components for research and coursework, utilizing mills, lathes, grinders, saws, and electrostatic discharge cutting machines. Capabilities include precision milling, turning, and grinding; brazing, welding, and soldering; finishing by buffing, bead-blasting, and sand-blasting; production of CAD drawings and CAD programs; contour and cutoff sawing; diamond core drilling, cutting, and grinding; and heat treatment.
Electronics Shop: which offers services for the maintenance and repair of electrical/electronic devices used in research labs, and for the design and fabrication of customized electronic equipment not commercially available.
Metrology Lab: for the maintenance of standards, measurement and calibration of equipment.
Glass-Blowing Shop: for the design and fabrication of scientific glassware.
The Visualization Lab at KAUST hosts a Mechdyne-built CAVE, creating the world’s highest resolution and brightest virtual environment.
​The Advanced Nanofabrication, Imaging and Characterization Core Facilities are dedicated to providing the instrumentation, technical expertise, and team-teaching environment to stimulate collaborative research in nanoscale technology.
​The Analytical Chemistry Core Lab has facilities for spectroscopy, chromatography and mass spectrometry, trace metals analysis, wet chemistry, and surface analysis. The state-of-the-art instrumentation and operations are controlled by a Labware LIMS system.
The Genomics Core Lab provides services vital to the study of cellular materials by focusing on genetic analysis of samples. This includes DNA sequencing and synthesis, as well as micro-array and real-time PCR analysis.
The Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab is KAUST’s marine facility dedicated to conducting state-of-the-art research and developing novel oceanographic instrumentation. Situated south of the main campus, adjacent to the pier, the facility is primed for any and all marine research conducted at the university. The direct access to the Red Sea allows for ease of fieldwork involving oceanographic sampling as well as the testing and deployment of new oceanographic apparatuses.​