Green Tech on the Red Sea: Inside Saudi Arabia’s Innovation Machine

How do we innovate our way out of the climate crisis? It will take boundless innovators around the world to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. And with all that innovation comes nearly limitless potential for new products, services, business models, companies and entire industries.

For more than 11 years, research conducted at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, has focused on addressing challenges related to the environment, energy, water and food. Today, KAUST, the first and fully co-educational research institute in the Kingdom, is working to leverage science and technology to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

In this one-hour conversation, three KAUST professors will discuss some of the most promising innovations, as well as how it is partnering with companies around the world to accelerate these innovations’ development and deployment.

Among the topics we’ll cover:

  • How oceans are reacting to climate change and what that means beyond rising waters.
  • How we can better address water scarcity through desalination, wastewater treatment, and water reuse.
  • How using saltwater can grow produce at a commercial scale.

If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast.


  • Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group


  • Mark Tester, Professor, Plant Science; Associate Director, Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
  • More speakers to be announced

Ritu Sharma
Tue, 08/11/2020 – 10:13


Mark Tester

Professor, Plant Science; Associate Director, Center for Desert Agriculture
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

Tue, 09/08/2020 – 10:00
– Tue, 09/08/2020 – 11:00

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