The best student from each Course of the ECG Academy has always been recognised, but since 2010 they have received the Giovanni Paci Award. Giovanni Paci served as an adviser to the ECG Board from 2005 until his sudden and unexpected death in September 2009 while travelling to meet with ECG. He was just 46 years of age. Despite being an external consultant he was very much an integral part of the ECG team. He made an enormous contribution to the Association during the time that he was involved, contributing to the strategy that made ECG what it is today. His presence, passion and vision were second to none and he is missed by all who knew him both as a colleague and as a friend.
In 2010 the Board of ECG decided to honour and perpetuate his memory by inaugurating the Giovanni Paci Award and since then this is awarded each year to the top student on the ECG Academy as adjudged by the Course Director and his team in a process that is completely independent of ECG. The top students are shown below.