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EC2E2N-1 • Work Package 09

Employability of chemistry bachelors

Updated: 26-05-2011 20:29


Pavel Drasar (ICT Prague, CZ)

Begitt Kurt (GDCh Frankfurt, DE)


Ashmore Tony, Milton Keynes, UK; Begitt Kurt, GDCh Frankfurt, DE; Drasar Pavel, Prag, CZ; Gros Leo, Fachhochschule Fresenius Idstein, DE; Wallace Ray, Nottingham Trent University, UK; Wilmet Sophie, CEFIC Brussels, BE; Lorenzo Baselga Aguilar, Spanish Council of Chemists and the Spanish Chemists' Association, Madrid, ES; Varella Evangelia, University of Thessaloniki, GR; Zajicek Jiri, Masaryk Secondary School of Chemistry, Prague, CZ; Barek Jiří, UK Prague, CZ; Bělohlav Zdeněk, ICT Prague, CZ; Berdagué Philippe, Univ. Paris Sud 11, FR; Branka Jiří, Natl Training Fund Prague, CZ; Benešová Eva, ICT Prague, CZ; Krumlová Irena, IOCB AS CR, Prague, CZ; Paleta Oldřich, ICT Prague, CZ; Čopíková Jana, ICT Prague, CZ; Elisabeth Kapatsina, GDCh, DE; Hans-Georg Weinig, GDCh, DE.

Aim of the group

This workpackage is designed to address the recommendations arising from the study of the employability of first cycle graduates in chemistry carried out under the previous TN project. The study found that, compared to other disciplines and industries, the employment market for Chemistry Bachelors seems to be developing particularly slowly. The degree needs to be actively championed by education, industry and politics by means of active promotion and marketing. Communication should promote the advantages of the degree for employers, good examples should be published, and existing preconceptions against the degree should be challenged.

Thus the tasks of the work package will be:

  • Provide portraits of successful careers that would serve as role models to promote the Chemistry Bachelor and overcome existing preconceptions in employers and students, using examples from as many European countries as possible. Dissemination to both employers (including HR staff) and students.

  • Motivate collaboration between HEIs and industry by highlighting the benefits of this collaboration. This will involve compiling specific examples of good practice in industry – HEI collaboration, including employers offering industrial placements to students, employers representatives involved in study programme design, and company representatives teaching at HEIs. This compilation will be communicated widely to employers and HEIs.

  • Another task in this work package is to promote the Bachelor Chemistry degree by addressing knowledge gaps of secondary school teachers and students concerning the changes in HE and the changes in career pathways resulting from this. Thus we will develop teaching and training materials for secondary school teachers and students concerning the ways in which chemistry career pathways are changing in order to help students make more informed decisions about university subject choice.

Period of Activity

Month 1-24, i.e. 2009-2011


Frankfurt, DE, 5th March 2010

Montpellier, FR, 16th April 2010


Minutes of the 1st Meeting; PDF 128Kb
Minutes of the 2nd Meeting; PDF 46Kb
Minutes of the 3rd Meeting - 19.05.2011 - PDF 47Kb

Report: EmployabilityWEB.pdf; PDF 516Kb