STEM Alliance - Scientix Webinar with EPCA: “Women in STEM: Role Models from the Petrochemical Industry”

Date & time:  Tuesday, 20 October 2020 at 10:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)

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Jointly organised by the STEM Alliance, Scientix and EPCA, this webinar was held online on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 during class hours at 10:00 CET.


A recent research on the attractiveness of STEM studies conducted by the STEM Alliance and Amgen Europe finds that girls are slightly more likely than boys to perceive STEM studies as "difficult and confusing", demonstrating a lack of confidence in their own ability to perform well in STEM-related fields.

The petrochemical industry offers remarkable examples of successful women who pursued technical education. This online event gave students the opportunity to meet and engage with the woman working in her company's technical department and hear how she built trust in her skills and competences during her studies.


Lucia Costa Rausa

Lucia Costa Rausa,
Polyolefin Healthcare Specialist, REPSOL

After graduating from Imperial College London with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008, Lucia began working for Repsol, on their graduate training scheme, obtaining a masters specialised in Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals from the Instituto Superior de la Energía.
Since then she has been involved in different activities, as detailed below:

  • Senior polyolefin healthcare specialist, Technical Service and Development 2019- present
  • Polypropylene Film & Fibers specialist, Technical Service and Development 2013-2019
  • Production engineer, Puertollano Refinery, 2009-2013

She is currently in charge of project development and serves as technical advisor to customers worldwide with expert product, processing and application knowledge for all Repsol Healthcare Polyolefin products. In her role she also works closely with account managers and product managers in developing and implementing product portfolio strategies and identifying opportunities to drive growth and create value in the field of medical and pharmaceutical applications.






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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