“Careers and Skills of the Future in the Chemical Industry”- Chat

Your students wonder how chemical industry works? They ask questions about future career perspectives in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths? Check out the chat information and recording below and provide your students with an exclusive insights in how companies such as Vopak and Bertschi contribute in careers of the future.


Date & time: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 10:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)


We invited classes - teachers and their students to engage in a discussion with dedicated professionals in the STEM field, who shared their experience, knowledge and advice for STEM careers and skills of the future.

The chat took place online on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 10:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time) in English language.

The speakers, Alain Hadorn (Deputy Managing Director, Business Unit Liquids, Bertschi) and Ben Nagels (Commercial Manager Belgium, Vopak) gave exclusive insights into their professional development and useful skills to thrive in the STEM field.



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Alain Hadorn
Deputy Managing Director, Business Unit Liquids,

Born in 1984, Alain Hadorn has finished his studies with a Master of Arts in Law and Economics in 2009 and worked in a leading business law firm in Zürich thereafter. He passed his bar exam in 2013.

By January 2014, Alain Hadorn joined the Bertschi Group and has undergone a complete logistics traineeship program including planning, a period as truck driver, leading a dispatch-department as well as tender and HR management. Since August 2018, Alain Hadorn is the deputy of the managing director of the Business Unit Liquids within Bertschi.


Ben Nagels
Commercial Manager Belgium,

Born in 1986, Ben Nagels has finished his studies with an MBA in International Business, whereafter he joined Vopak in 2008. Since 2017, he is Commercial Manager for Belgium in this company.

He previously held the positions of Manager for Customer Service & Traffic as well as Senior Sales Manager and started his career at Vopak as Customer Service Representative.



Download the chat summary here.



Jointly organised by STEM Alliance, and Scientix and supported by the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA), the STEM Alliance chat sessions address classes at secondary schools that are led by one or more teachers. The chats aim at promoting awareness of all aspects of STEM careers and are suitable to be integrated into class hours.

STEM Alliance http://www.stemalliance.eu

Scientix http://www.scientix.eu/


About European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet is a network of 34 Ministries of Education from across the European member states, leading educational innovation at European level. As a major international think tank, European Schoolnet operates key European services in education on behalf of the European Commission, member Ministries of Education and industry partners. European Schoolnet's activities are divided among three areas of work:

  • Policy, research and innovation: information sharing and evidence building.
  • Schools services: enhancing cooperation between schools across Europe.
  • Advocacy: how ICT and digital media contribute to transforming teaching and learning processes.


About EPCA

The chat is supported by the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA).

Based in Brussels, the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) is the primary European Business Network for the global petrochemical business community consisting of chemical producers, their suppliers, customers and service providers. It operates for and through more than 700-member companies from 54 different countries. EPCA organises conferences and events in Europe offering members all over the world the opportunity to meet industry leaders and selected external stakeholders and stay abreast of international market developments as well as technological and societal trends. EPCA also supports members on specific topics that underpin the sustainable development of the global petrochemical industry via research projects with external partners (e.g. academic institutions and consultancies). EPCA promotes STEM education, with a clear focus on gender and diversity inclusion. EPCA also highlight the multidisciplinary approach and the variety of challenging career paths that the petrochemical industry offers.

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