This webinar was held online on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 at 17:30 Central European Time, in English. 48 people attended it.

The purpose of this webinar was to give teachers, career counsellors, educational authorities and researchers an understanding of careers in the STEM field with the chemical and petrochemical industry. Two speakers from company members of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) presented their experience in their career paths and talked about opportunities in their sector.

The webinar was moderated and introduced by Maïté Debry, STEM Alliance project manager of European Schoolnet.  STEM Alliance organises a series of webinars and online chats, the "STEM Careers and Skills of the Future series", promoting STEM careers and studies. This promotion includes a better understanding of careers in the STEM field, the study paths that can lead to them, the key skills that are needed, and opportunities and challenges of these positions. For the purposes of developing a better insight into STEM careers, two STEM professionals were invited to join the webinar.

You can find the summary of the webinar here.

You can also find two career sheets based on content picked up from the webinar and drawing on the experience of STEM experts here:

1. Career Sheet -  Manager Supply Chain Sourcing & Contracting

2. Career Sheet - Commercial manager


Paul Ruigt was born in Sittard, a small town in the Netherlands in 1982. He studied Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL). As part of the curriculum, Paul went to the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm (SE). In 2006, he graduated after completing his thesis at Uniqema (ICI) in Gouda (NL). Thereafter, Paul returned to his hometown Sittard to join SABIC and started working within the company procurement department. His career path guided him via various supply chain roles to his current role as Category Manager for Shipping & Barging for Liquids.

Paul Ruigt
Category Manager Shipping & Barging Petrochemicals, Supply Chain Liquids Europe, SABIC

Jochem Meijknecht is a Commercial Manager responsible for commercial and operational activities of the LyondellBasell Propylene system in Europe. Together with a team of seven, he coordinates the sales from 4 crackers and purchases for 11 Poly-propylene and 3 Propylene-Oxide plants. Having joined LyondellBasell in 2014, he previously held the role of Business Consultant for the Global Gasoline Components team. Jochem holds degrees in Finance and International Relations, and worked for 3 years at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations.

Jochem Meijknecht
Commercial Manager at LyondellBasell

You can find the webinar recording and presentations here:



STEM Careers and Skills of the Future - Engineer Careers in the Petrochemical Industry

Engineer Careers in the Petrochemical Industry - Presentation by Paul Ruigt

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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