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EC2E2N-1 • Work Package 14

The attractiveness of chemistry and chemical engineering

Updated: 25-02-2013 02:17


Michele A. Floriano, University Palermo, IT

Christiane S. Reiners, University of Cologne, DE


Jos Koeckhoven, NL; Truls Grønneberg, NW; Bjørn Pedersen, NW; Paola Ambrogi, IT; Otilia Mo ES; Judit Borsa, HU; Livia Simon Sarkadi, HU; Hans-Georg Köller, NW; Marilo Gurruchaga, ES; Hazel Wilkins, SC; Mauro Mocerino, AU; Marja Lajunen, FN; Janusz Ryczkoswki, PL; Marek Czernicki, FR; Michal Daszykowski, PL; Malgo Miranowisz, PL; Susana Palmero, ES; Elena Koliarmou, GR; Evangelina Varella, GR; Ionannis Kozaris, GR; Valdas Paulausskas, LI; Dimosthenis Kechagias, GR; Megan Mc Lean, UK; Anna Kolossa, PL; William Byers, UK; Gustavo Avitabile, IT; Paul Ashall, IE; Iris Caris, NL; Paulo Ribero Claro, PT; Jordi Cuadros, ES; Santiago Gómez-Ruiz, ES; Brian Goodfellow, PT; Anda Priksane, LV; Dudley E. Shallcross, UK.

Aim of the group


There are many activities to improve the public image of chemistry and chemical engineering throughout Europe. These activities require a substantial amount of work on the part of many, usually very enthusiastic, people. It is not clear however, how effective these activities are in conveying a positive yet durable message.

The objective of this work package is to collect and organise into different categories, information on successful initiatives from all member countries.

An evaluation procedure will be developed, possibly using questionnaires designed for this purpose.


In 2010 a website has been set up in order to gather information on activities throughout Europe. Results (about 150 entries) have been organized according to type, effort required in the preparation, number of people involved and other categories. It was also asked whether activities were evaluated for effectiveness (short and long range). Results from the above investigation and a strategy for devising assessment tools were discussed during a group meeting in Cologne in September 2010.

Among the different points that were raised, it was stressed that a successful activity must be attractive, induce curiosity and a positive attitude but it also must fulfill an additional requirement: some aspect of Chemistry must be clarified/learned at some degree. With this in mind, two short questionnaires were developed, one for students and/or general public and the other for teachers and/or experts. Prototype activities from 6 countries (IT; DE; NL; NW; ES; PL) which differ in the kind of activity, target group and number of participants were tested. On the whole we got entries from 822 participants, i.e. students and/or general public and 32 from teachers. The results were presented in Bratislava, discussed and reflected. Based on the data collection the questionnaires were improved and are going to be disseminated again.

Period of Activity

October 2009 - September 2011


January 2010, Brussels BE; September 2010, Cologne DE.


• 2011-05, Bratislava Report (PDF)

• 2012 Final Survey Report (PDF, 570Kb); Questionnaires (PDF, 122Kb), Survey Results (XLSX, 86Kb)