The webinar will be held online on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 at 17:30 Central European Time in English language. 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.

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The purpose of this webinar is to give teachers, career counsellors, educational authorities and researchers an understanding of careers, which can be developed in the STEM field, chemical and petrochemical industry. Two speakers from companies member 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.

Attend this webinar and learn more about engineering careers in the petrochemical industry; a typical working day, the study path to follow, key skills needed, possible places of employment but also the challenges of this job and some advices to teachers and parents.


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

About EPCA

The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) is the quality network in Europe for the global chemical business community consisting of chemical producers, their suppliers, customers and service providers. They operates for and through more than 700 member companies from 54 different countries. EPCA serves as the platform to meet, exchange information and transfer learning, as well as a think tank for its members and its stakeholders. EPCA promotes STEM education, with a clear focus on gender and diversity inclusion. EPCA develops awareness-raising activities to increase young people's engagement with chemistry and the chemical industry. In the same direction, they have produced several educational films highlighting the multidisciplinary approach and the variety of challenging career paths that the chemical industry offers.

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