STEM Alliance - Scientix Webinar with EPCA: “Drones and Other New Technologies in the Petrochemical Industry”

Date & time: Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 10:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)

Jointly organised by the STEM Alliance, Scientix and EPCA, this webinar was held online on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 during class hours at 10:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time / Brussels Time).


Drones, 3D-Printings, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics, to name just a few, are already a reality in most Petrochemical companies, demonstrating that the sector needs more than ever creative minds and fresh ideas to experiment new technological innovations.

This webinar gave the opportunity to students to speak directly with the people responsible for implementing these break-through technologies - such as Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Officers and Technology Managers - and discover how these innovations are applied and used in the company's operational processes.


Martijn Schouten

Martijn Schouten,
M&A and Global Manager Joint Ventures at Vopak

Martijn Schouten is a 43 year old senior manager from the Netherlands. He has studied and worked almost 15 years abroad. Having studied in two European countries making use of the EU Erasmus Program, started in international career with Royal Vopak. Now Martijn has worked on large energy projects, leading new business development in Asia out of Singapore as well leading a large organisation in Thailand. Currently globally responsible for commercializing Vopak's IT business as well investing in promising IT/OT start-ups.






STEM Alliance

The STEM Alliance brings together Industries, European Ministries of Education and education stakeholders to promote STEM (Science [Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology], Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and careers to young Europeans and address anticipated future skills gaps within the European Union.

The online live events within the STEM Careers and Skills of the Future Series aim to promote STEM careers with role models. Representatives from companies, partners of the STEM Alliance, are invited to speak to teachers, career counsellors and students about possible careers in their field and share their professional experience.

STEM Alliance partners



In collaboration with with the European Petrochemical Association

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. 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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