Brussels/Berlin, 02nd September 2015. For the second time since 2013, EPCA (The European Petrochemical Association) supports the Berlin mini-MARATHON and is the official partner of the event in order to install interest in young girls and boys for STEM1 education. As part of this engagement the association will exclusively launch and present its 3rd educational film “Petro & Chemistry: Partnership for a Better Life” at the mini-MARATHON. Moreover EPCA offers the winning teams of the race as well as other teachers and pupils the chance to join an education session held the following week during the 49th Annual Meeting of EPCA. The Berlin Senate Administration of Education, Youth and Science support this event by assisting in the invitation of scholars and teachers in this connection.
The Berlin mini-MARATHON is taking place for the 27th time on September 26th 2015 and once again invites young people between the ages of 10 and 18 to tackle the 4.2195 km long route. For the winners, EPCA holds a special reward: A meet & greet with Bertrand Piccard, President and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Project, followed by an invite to his education session on the 5th of October during the 49th EPCA Annual Meeting on October 3-7 October in Berlin, a unique event for which more than 2,700 delegates from the global chemical industry are expected.
The support of the mini-MARATHON and STEM education are two important projects for EPCA as Europe lacks STEM-educated young girls and boys. In order to close this gap and inspire young people to opt for an education in STEM, EPCA will present the third educational film “Petro & Chemistry: Partnership for a Better Life” during the mini-MARATHON. It shows the link between crude oil & natural gas and the petrochemical industry which transforms oil & gas derivatives into valuable materials. These contribute to improving the quality of life of the world’s population whilst offering sustainable solutions such as access to solar energy and reduction of waste through recycling. It also underscores the importance of people with a STEM educational background in the petrochemical value chain, with a clear focus on diversity and gender inclusion – issues which EPCA also promotes broadly.
“With the sponsoring of the mini-MARATHON and many other educational activities that we conducted and will continue to carry out, we hope to generate the interest in the exciting field of chemistry and that the chemical industry is a good industry to work for”, says Tom Crotty, President of EPCA.
EPCA educational activities include, in addition to the making and distribution of films, STEM and chemistry awareness raising campaigns in partnership with UNESCO and European Schoolnet. EPCA has engaged in such activities since the International Year of Chemistry in 2011.
About Bertrand Piccard
Bertrand Piccard (57), born into a family of explorers and scientists, projects to complete the round-the-world trip with a solar-powered airplane. After the first-ever oceanic crossing with the Solar Impulse 2 airplane and record-breaking flight from Japan to Hawaii, the second half of the “First Round-The-World Solar Flight” has been delayed to April 2016 due to damaged batteries.
Exclusive prize for the winners of the mini-MARATHON: A meet & greet, followed by a speech by Bertrand Piccard, President and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Project.
Picture source: Solar Impulse
Based in Brussels, EPCA is the quality network in Europe for the global chemical 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 provides a platform to meet, exchange information and transfer learning, and serves as a think tank for its members and stakeholders. EPCA promotes STEM education, with a clear focus on gender and diversity inclusion. EPCA also underscores that the chemical industry is a good industry to work for.
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