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Date: Thursday, 28 March 2019 10:00 - 11:30

Venue: Online event - See link

Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/ShzjBQa3Kq7uVNUA2

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-serve basis.


Teachers are invited to sign up their classes to the upcoming chat for pupils "STEM CAREERS AND SKILLS OF THE FUTURE" which will take place on Thursday, 28 March 2019 from 10:00 to 11:30 Brussels Time. During this session, pupils will have the opportunity to ask questions on careers in the petrochemical industry to the experts. The chat will take place in English, and there are places for only 5 classrooms!

The STEM Alliance chat sessions address classes (pupils from secondary schools) that are led by one or more teachers and aim at promoting awareness of all aspects of STEM careers. Since these chats bring together key STEM professionals and classes from different European countries, they may enhance a lesson focusing on a significant subject. Jointly organised by STEM Alliance and Scientix, the next chat will be held online on Thursday, 28 March 2019 from 10:00 to 11:30, Brussels time. The chat will be held in English.

During one and a half hour, pupils, led by one or more teachers, will have the opportunity to ask topic-related questions to the expert:


Rosa Quarato is an education enthusiast and dedicated professional with about 20 years experience in the chemical industry during which she experienced several commercial roles. Since early 2017, she works as Market Development Manager for EMEAI for the Industrial Solutions business at Dow Belgium in Antwerp, managing growth projects across several markets and applications. Rosa is a passionate supporter of Inclusion and Diversity and an active member of several Employee Resource Groups at Dow, among which the Disability Employee Network, through which she has been advocating awareness and volunteerism for the Special Olympics in the last 6 years. She is Italian, lives in Antwerp and holds a Master's degree in English and French literature and an Executive Master Degree in Marketing and Advertising from the Solvay Business School in Brussels.

Currently, she started her new adventure in Customer Success Organization as a Customer Success Specialist for Cisco Digital Network Architecture. She is driving the Cisco Transformation to New Business Models and is passionate about bridging the gap between Business and Technology. In addition, she has two CCIE and Executive MBA, she is Innovation Ambassador, leads Inclusion and Collaboration initiative, and is the 2014 European Digital Woman of the Year™.

Rosa Quarato,
Market Development Manager
for EMEAI for the Industrial Solutions Business,
Dow Belgium in Antwerp

The purpose of this chat is to offer secondary school pupils a better understanding of careers in the STEM field with the chemical industry. Specifically, this chat will provide an insight into a chemistry career. One speaker from company members of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) will present her experience related to this career path and will talk about the opportunity existing in this sector.

Classes will discuss with professionals how a daily job looks like, the study and career path that brought them to their job. A facilitator from the STEM Alliance coordinating team will moderate and support both schools and company representatives to have a meaningful discussion. The chat is a great opportunity for teachers to make their lessons interactive and interesting.

Before the chat, it is recommended that teachers introduce pupils to the topic of discussion, to familiarise them with the profile of the speaker, and prepare the questions in classes.

A focal point for this chat will be the current disparity between demand and supply of talent in chemical industry. Above are some of the key challenges facing the industry which can help pupils better understand why now, more than ever, the chemical industry needs young, flexible and innovative people. Pupils are encouraged to have a look at issues, such as lack of education in the STEM fields (resulting in low applicant pools), the existence of technological unemployment, and the lack of gender diversity in the chemical industry in advance of the chat to form relevant questions when chatting with the experts.

Teachers can prepare their classes to take part in this chat by watching the recording of the previous webinar and chat related to the topic of careers in chemical industry and by reviewing the material provided in the relevant links section.



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  • Thursday, 28 March 2019 10:00 - 11:30

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