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A subject often overlooked in the classroom, chemistry will be back on the map through a series of events directly coordinated by Cefic – the European Chemical Industry Council – its member federations from throughout Europe and its member companies.

Cefic activities include Xperimania, an educational programme organised with the body representing ministries of education in 31 European countries. The programme is a school-based initiative designed to breathe new life into chemistry through interesting experiments and a Europe-wide competition between schools.

The chemical industry sees a growing need to put chemistry back on the map in ways that attract more people to the field, especially to bridge the gender gap in chemistry in Europe. In Germany, for example, Europe’s largest chemical industry job market, women represent only 27.6 per cent of the workforce, according to the German employers association BAVC. Total employment in the chemical sector in Europe is around 1.2 million workers.

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