About Xperimania

Have you ever wondered about the materials around you?

Project background
Attracting young talent has become a major challenge for the chemical industry and the petrochemical industry in particular. Statistics show that the number of young people opting for science education has dwindled frighteningly in Europe where the decline in graduates with chemistry skills is estimated to be around 10 % each year.

However, numerous studies on science teaching have shown that we should revise the way that science is taught in our schools, and promote pedagogical practices based on inquiry-based methods. Inquiry-based science education has proved its efficiency at both primary and secondary levels in increasing pupils’ interest and attainments levels while at the same time stimulating teacher motivation.

At a time when China and India are producing hordes of scientists, the European petrochemical industry is very much concerned by the lack of scientifically-educated young people and is putting every effort into trying to boost their interest in science. More than ever, Europe needs to remain competitive both in terms of knowledge and innovation. Stepping up to the challenges of the modern world, be it in answering energy needs, addressing climate change or improving our health must be a priority.

There are many types of jobs available within the field of chemistry and the availability of a qualified and skilled labour force is essential for the long-term viability and innovative capacity of the European chemical industry.

About the project
Concentrating on chemistry and physics, Xperimania aims to boost young people’s interest in science, which is a priority for Europe to remain a knowledge-based economy fostering innovation. Xperimania helps students in secondary school classes (pupils aged 10-20) and their teachers to understand the wide variety of applications of chemistry, and how this fascinating science has contributed to the evolution of many day-to-day items. Participating in the following activities provides students with a unique opportunity to stimulate their scientific and analytical skills.

Teachers and students are invited to participate in the following activities:

  • Equality: take part in 2 competitions, related to this year’s theme of the IYC: “Chemistry – our life, our future”. Xperimania is running these competitions to increase female student interest in Chemistry
  • Xperimania Science Ambassadors: check out all the activities conducted in the workshops, with inspiring and interactive chemistry and physics experiments
  • Check out the property: investigate the properties of a familiar object through simple hands-on experiments
  • Timeline of everyday objects: read-up on past discoveries and present the scientists’ findings
  • Hands on experiments: set up an easy and fun experiment related to petrochemistry and materials, and upload lab reports on this website

The content of Xperimania is available in 6 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. However teachers and pupils from all European countries are warmly invited to participate!

Xperimania is a joint project of the European Chemical Industry Council - Cefic - and European Schoolnet - EUN -

For any questions about the project, its activities and competitions send an email to xperimania[at]eun.org.