Chats

Chats overview

The Xperimania chat sessions address classes that are led by one or more teachers and aim at promoting awareness of all aspects of petrochemistry. Since these chats bring together key European personalities and classes from different European countries, they may enhance a lesson focusing on a significant subject.

Students learned about the materials in toys on an online chat

Students from nine schools around Europe participated in the Xperimania online chat on “Petrochemistry and toys” on 25 April 2008. Dr. Ralf Eisert, Head of Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs at BASF answered students’ questions on what toys are made of in this spring’s last Xperimania chat.

Chat on petrochemistry and toys

Over 40 years toymakers have relied on innovations in chemistry to create some of the most popular toys worldwide. Plastics and other petrochemistry products are used to produce dolls, Lego bricks, Playmobil figures or the latest “growing” test tube aliens. On the next Xperimania online chat on 25 April at 11.00 CET Dr Ralf Eisert, Head of Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs – Plastics at BASF, will answer young people’s questions on “Toys – what are they made of?”.

European students get advice on chemistry careers via online chat

“What career opportunities are there in the chemical industry?” asked students from 11 schools around Europe on the fourth Xperimania online chat on 14 March. Fabian Scuvie from essenscia, the Belgian chemistry association, gave students practical and helpful advice in planning their professional life.

Online chat on career opportunities in chemistry

Did you ever want to work with chemistry? Do you know about the variety of career opportunities in the chemical industry? On 14 March at 2 pm CET Fabian Scuvie, R&D Advisor for Training at essenscia, the Belgian chemistry association, will answer European students’ questions on these topics during the next Xperimania expert chat: "What career opportunities are there in the chemical industry?"

Students asked experts about Petrochemistry and environment in an online chat

15 schools all around Europe attended the third Xperimania online chat on 31 January focusing on the topic: Petrochemistry: caring for the environment? Students’ questions were answered by two top experts, Dr. Roger Van der Linden Group Manager for Environment, Energy and Product Stewardship – Borealis and Dr. Joachim Krueger, Executive Director of the Energy, Health, Safety & the Environment & Logistics Programme at Cefic.

Students ask an expert: ‘Petrochemistry: caring for the environment?’

On 31 January 2008 at 2 pm CET, two top experts, Dr. Roger Van der Linden (Group Manager for Environment, Energy and Product Stewardship – Borealis) and Dr. Joachim Krueger (Executive Director of the Energy, Health, Safety & the Environment & Logistics Programme – Cefic, European Chemical Industry Council) will answer students’ questions on the topic: ‘Petrochemistry: caring for the environment?’. Schools are invited to join the event – an online chat – which promises to be a very lively debate. It will take place in English.

European pupils discuss sports and chemistry in an online chat

What is the role of science in the world of sports? Michel Caillibotte, Global Brand Marketing Manager of Sportswear for Dow Fiber Solutions, visited the EUN office in Brussels on 10 December 2007 to chat about this very topic. Pupils from six schools in the European Union were online for the second Xperimania chat to ask questions based on the theme of “Sports and Science: How the Olympic Games rely on Petrochemistry”.

Take part in the next chat session on sports and science!

On 10 December 2007 at 2 pm CET., Michel Caillibotte, DFS - Dow Fiber Solutions - Global Brand Marketing Manager for Sportswear will visit European Schoolnet as an online guest to chat with European schools. He will answer their questions in English on the theme " Sports and science: how the Olympic Games rely on petrochemistry".

Dr. Susannah Handley met European schools in an online chat on fashion

What’s the link between fashion and science? Pupils taking part in the first Xperimania chat for schools, held on 25 October 2007, got the chance to explore the topic with an expert guest. Children from schools in 10 countries posed their questions to the invited expert, Dr. Susannah Handley, on the theme “Fashion: how nylon and modern artificial fabrics came into our lives”.

First chat: Fashion - How nylon and modern artificial fabrics came into our lives

The first Xperimania chat for schools will be held on Thursday 25 October 2007 at 2 pm CET. Schools are invited to pose their questions in English to the expert scientist, Dr. Susannah Handley, on the topic "Fashion: how nylon and modern artificial fabrics came into our lives".

Online chat guidelines

An online chat is a real-time, synchronous, text-based communication via computer. Participants in online chat sessions type messages to each other using their keyboards. The message then appears on the screens of all the participants. They may be in the same room or in different locations anywhere around the globe.