Unipetrol, as the leading Czech petrochemical and Refinery Company and a major Czech employer, is working to increase the public’s awareness of the important role chemistry plays in everyone’s daily life. The company seeks to encourage young people to take an interest in the field and consider chemistry as a career choice.
Cesta za tajemstvím ropy (Path to the Secret of Crude Oil)
The Cesta za tajemstvím ropy program opens virtual gates to UNIPETROL RPA, s.r.o. The new interactive program describes crude oil processing and related production processes in the Litvínov Záluží Chempark. The program is primarily designated for elementary schools and high schools and, when complemented with a presentation by teachers, represents a beneficial and interesting tool, which will acquaint you with individual processes that take place in the Litvínov chemical factory. You can explore this program here in its online version or you can download it here: Cesta za tajemstvím ropy. Launching the guide: In Windows, click on the “start.exe” file; in other systems, click on the index.html” file.
Long-Term Partnership with the Institute of Chemical Technology Prague
One of the priorities of the Unipetrol company is to provide support for the university education of future chemists – and thus its ongoing relationship with the Institute of Chemical Technology Prague. A primary objective of this support is to popularize the field of chemistry in the minds of young people, which will help assure the chemical industry of the ongoing availability of fresh, young, talented professionals. One of the joint projects being undertaken is “The Hour of Modern Chemistry” during which two presenters visit elementary and high schools and show the students how much fun chemistry experiments can be.
Partner of the National Technical Museum
Unipetrol in cooperation with the National Technical Museum in Prague will support the exhibition Chemistry around us, which will be created in the building of National Technical Museum in the first half of 2013 and subsequently made available to the public. In addition to technical cooperation, Unipetrol also provided a financial gift. The National Technical Museum in Prague was established in 1908. For over a hundred years extensive collections have been assembled here documenting the development of many technical fields, of the natural and exact sciences, and of industry in the territory of today’s Czech Republic.
More information about NTM: www.ntm.cz
Experience Chemistry: A Website for Young People Interested in Chemistry
Towards the end of 2011, Unipetrol launched its “Experience Chemistry” website, www.zazijchemii.cz. The design of the website is targeted to appeal to elementary and high school students. Through the use of videos and texts describing how to conduct experiments, along with some tests, the fun and wonder of the world of chemistry is introduced. The project also serves as a useful support tool for teachers who want to explore additional interesting things to consider offering students in relation to the exciting modern world of chemistry.
Zažijchemii - Facebook page
At Chempark Záluží, Unipetrol is constructing a new unique research and educational center, UniCRE (Unipetrol Center for Research and Education), which will bring together research, teaching and the opportunity to get some practical experience with the chemical industry. The center will house 23 modern fully-equipped laboratories, a conference center with two auditoriums along with other facilities for research and teaching. In the newly equipped building, there will be 35 pieces of specialized equipment to explore and do research on most catalytic, petrochemical and refinery processes, including the study of modern processes for the conversion of renewable raw materials (biomass) and the exploration into different environmental technologies.
International Year of Chemistry
In 2011, the Unipetrol Group participated as a general partner in the Czech Republic for the “International Year of Chemistry 2011”, which was sponsored by UNESCO and the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Throughout the whole year, in various cities across the Czech Republic, special chemistry fairs and workshops were held, where visitors had an opportunity to witness and participate in chemistry experiments along with being able to learn lots of interesting things about the modern world of chemistry.