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Marie Curie Chairs (EXC) are a career mechanism for world-class researchers who have already attained a certain level of independence in their research activities and who are looking to resume, or further develop, their scientific careers in Europe. Just like the Marie Curie Excellence Grants, this action aims first and foremost to counter the brain drain effect by retaining or luring back the best international talent to Europe's shores.
Marie Curie Chairs combine teaching, PhD supervision and research work. Potential Chair holders will already have extensive experience in managing research and supervising thesis work. They will also have the ability to inspire students and trainees. Furthermore, the Chair holder must be willing to engage in publicity and dissemination activities to help improve the public image of the research profession and the general understanding of the impact of research on society. The appointment usually lasts for three years, but shorter periods are possible.