Online Chat "STEM Careers and Skills of the Future”: Engineer Careers in the Petrochemical Industry

The chat will be held online on Monday, 26 March 2018 at 10:00 Central European Time in English. After registration, you will receive an e-mail with instructions. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To attend, fill in the registration form here:


The purpose of this chat is to offer primary and secondary school students a better understanding of careers in the STEM field with the chemical and petrochemical industry. Specifically, this chat will provide an insight into an engineering career. Two speakers from company members of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) will present their experience related to this career path and will talk about the opportunity existing in their sector.

Teachers are invited to participate together with their students! It is a great opportunity for teachers to make their lessons interactive and interesting. If you are going to participate with your class, please take some time to look at the speakers' profiles and online educational resources produced by EPCA below. If you are going to participate with your class, please indicate it in the registration form.


Nick Bastiaansen is a dynamic manager at Total, responsible for all spot activity on Toluene and Xylenes (MX-OX-PX) within the Marketing – Base Chemicals Division in Europe. He is responsible for managing purchases and sales for system balancing, taking trade positions and using geographical arbitrage opportunities to other regions and negotiating spot deals and contracts in line with the commercial strategy. Nick has a solid background in economics: he completed a Masters in Economics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His previous roles included risk management, compensation and HR-tools management, and internal auditing.

Nick Bastiaansen
Senior Trader Aromatics, Marketing – Base Chemicals Division, Total

Frederic Charton comes from a background of engineering in the energy, petrochemical and refining sectors. For his Master's degree, he studied Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Ecole Nationale Supreieure des Industries Chimiques. He started his career in a Process and Maintenance Engineer role, and then he moved on to various Operations Engineer positions in the energy and petrochemical industry. These positions have allowed him to manage teams, operate production units and ensure a high integrity of processes. Frederic has been an employee of Total for over 10 years. For the past three years, he has been working as an Aromatics Commercial Manager at the company.

Frederic Charton
C6 Aromatics Commercial Manager Europe, Total

About 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 that represent an aggregate turnover of over €4.7 trillion and employing over 6.2 million people.

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 by developing knowledge via research projects with external partners (e.g. academic institutions and consultancies).

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