Ernesto Capocci Scientific Award 2023

Ernesto Capocci Scientific Award


The INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte announces a competition for the assignment of an Award of € 1300 net (DPR 430/2001, art. 6) to the best scientific article on research concerning the bodies of the Solar System published between 1st January 2022 and the current application deadline or accepted for publication at the time of the application deadline (as endorsed by the editor’s letter of acceptance) in a Q1 or Q2 class journal by an early-career scientist, who must be listed as first author.

Candidates must be younger than 35 years old at the time of the application and have a Master’s Degree (or Degree from the old Italian university system) or a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering obtained at an Italian university.

The Ernesto Capocci Scientific Award is unique and indivisible and the awardee will be selected by a Commission composed of 3 scientists, which is appointed by the Scientific Committee of the Award and nominated by the Director of the INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte. The decisions of the Commission are unquestionable and submitted to the Scientific Committee of the Award for approval. The Commission may also nominate one or more candidates for a special mention, who will receive a certificate during the Award ceremony.

Candidates must submit:

  1. application form (attachment 1);
  2. copy of the article in pdf format;
  3. one single summary page of the scientific work covered by the article;
  4. curriculum vitae et studiorum;
  5. any other useful document or certificate for the purposes of the competition;
  6. self-declaration (attachment 2), certifying the truthfulness of the data reported by the candidate in the documentation listed in item 1. and 4., and a copy of a valid ID of the candidate.

The application form and the other documents listed above must be sent exclusively by email to the address:

The deadline is 12 October 2023.

The winner Ernesto Capocci Scientific Award will be invited to hold a seminar at the INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte on the occasion of the Award ceremony.

If the Award is not conferred due to a lack of deserving candidates, it will be put up for competition again the following year.


Scientific Committee: Alessandra Rotundi, Marcella Marconi, Mauro Gargano


Full text of the Announcement

Application form