Best Geological Map Award - "Emilio Cortese"

Undergraduate and PhD students categories


Approved by the SGI Advisory Board meeting of 21 July 2021


Article 1 - Award

The Award intends to promote and support the geological field survey and mapping activities of Italian and foreign students. The Società Geologica Italiana will assign the Award during its National Congress.  
The Award is biennial and includes two categories: 1) Undergraduate students, 2) PhD students.
The geological maps submitted to the Award competition will be exposed in a dedicated poster session during the Congress of the Società Geologica Italiana. The Award is entitled to Emilio Cortese.

Article 2 – Announcement and Certificate

The announcement of the winners of the best geological map, one for each category, usually takes place during the National Congress of the Società Geologica Italiana in the year of the assignment.
The winners will receive a Certificate with motivation and their names will be added to the "Albo d'Oro of the Emilio Cortese Award" published on the Società Geologica Italiana website. An additional prize will be decided by the Consiglio Direttivo of the Società Geologica Italiana during the first meeting of the year in which the Award is conferred. The winners will receive the membership to the Società Geologica Italiana for the year following the prize assignment, or the renewal if already members.

Article 3 – Competition notice

The competition announcement is issued by the Società Geologica Italiana during the first Consiglio Direttivo of the year in which the Award is conferred. The deadline for the submission is defined in the competition announcement.

Article 4 - Candidates

The participation is open to individual or group (maximum 4 people) of authors who made geological maps that follow the rules set in Article 6.
All authors must be undergraduate or PhD students (according to the participation category) or they have concluded their studies not earlier than two years before the date of the Congress.

Article 5 - Evaluation panel

The commission for the Società Geologica Italiana Awards proposes the experts for the Evaluation panel, they are approved by a resolution of the Consiglio Direttivo in the first meeting of the year in which the award is conferred.
The Evaluation Panel is composed of 5 members. To allow a wide and multidisciplinary evaluation of all the elements constituting the geological maps, the Evaluation Panel is composed by a field geologist of the Servizio Geologico d'Italia and by experts in geological mapping for each of the following disciplines: stratigraphic geology, structural geology, Quaternary geology, petrography or volcanology.
The Evaluation Panel will collectively designate the best maps, one for each category, by drawing up the motivations. The judgment of the Evaluation Panel is unappealable.

Article 6 - Evaluation of the geological maps

The Evaluation Panel will take into account, with overall judgment, the scientific content, and the cartographic representation, if they meet the criteria defined in Article 7.
The use of the standards foreseen by the "Quaderni" of the Servizio Geologico d'Italia "Series III" ( will be positively considered.

Article 7 - Judging criteria

Submitted geologic maps must include the following elements, that sufficiently illustrate the geology of the area mapped:
  • a clear and legible base (included base map credit and map projection);
  • scale and contour interval;
  • North arrow and magnetic declination;
  • title, authorship, the scale of the representation and the field survey (if different), and date;
  • field data or field data stations (strike and dip, coring stations, GPS control stations, etc.);
  • legend with the description of map units and explanation of map symbols;
  • at least one cross-section and a correlation scheme of map units.
Submitted geological maps should be at a scale between 1:5,000 and 1:25,000. However, 1:25,000 to 1:50,000 scales are acceptable, in special and motivated cases.

Article 8 - Grounds for exclusion

Geological maps already published on scientific reviews will not be admitted.
Moreover, will not be eligible and will not be judged the following map types: structure contour maps, isopach maps, paleogeographic maps, geomorphological maps, hydrogeological maps, gravity or magnetic anomaly maps, and element-distribution geochemical maps.
Reconnaissance geologic maps are not acceptable.