On 25 October 2011, between 11.00 and 12.00 CET, the Futurenergia school programme will be hosting an online chat with Dr. Patricia Vangheluwe.
Patricia Vangheluwe holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and has a Master in Controllership from the Vlerick Management School in Ghent (Belgium). From 1989 to 2007 she held various senior management positions in Shell, Montell and Basell including R & D, technology, strategy and communications.
Since 2007 Patricia has been Vice President Human Resources at LyondellBasell. She joined PlasticsEurope in October 2010 as Director of Consumer and Environmental Affairs.
The purpose of this chat is to encourage pupils to embrace scientific career paths, by giving them the chance to interact with a scientist.
At the same time, Futurenergia would like to pay a tribute to the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC).
2011 was recognized as by the United Nations as the “International Year of Chemistry”, with the intention to commemorate the achievements of chemistry, and its contributions to humankind. The goals of IYC2011 are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry and to emphasize that chemistry is a creative science essential for sustainability and improvements to our way of life.
The year 2011 coincides with the 100th of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies and more important 2011 is the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie. She was a Polish–French physicist–chemist famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. Marie Curie was the first female professor at the University of Paris, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes and the only person to win in multiple sciences.