On 11 May, the second edition of the European Youth Debating Competition - Spanish National Final - took place in Tarragona. The debate, organized by EPCA and PlasticsEurope, was attended by more than 80 students aged between 16 and 19 from schools, colleges from Tarragona, as well as the city’s university. The debaters had the opportunity to discuss the crucial role the Petrochemical and Plastics industries play in the digital age. As in the previous edition, the event was co-organized and hosted by the University Rovira i Virgili.
Photo: from left to right Paula Bermejo Feijoo; Pau Altur Pastor and Ahlam Oulad Ali
After a passionate debate, the jury, made up of industry representatives, journalists, teachers, experts, EPCA and PlasticsEurope, nominated the best speakers: 18-year-old Ahlam Oulad Ali (IES Francesc Vidal i Barraquer), Paula Bermejo Feijoo of 16 (IES Francesc Vidal i Barraquer) and Pau Altur Pastor also of 16 (Col-legi Turó).
The three young winners will have the opportunity to defend their positions in a Pan-European final that will bring together all the winners of the seven national finals on 1st October in Berlin, at the 51st EPCA Annual Meeting. The debates are a meeting point for students from across Europe, offering them a platform to express themselves, while also improving their social skills and boosting their potential for future careers in the scientific and technological fields as tomorrow's leaders on an international level.