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Our COST Acton mainly fits into the Transport and Urban Development area where research coordination is fostered in the fields of transport and the built environment, which play a strategic role in the modern society and economy. This is a cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary scientific area, encompassing a wide range of scientific expertise within the transport and land use planning, design, and management activities with a special emphasis on the strong interrelationships among the relevant policy fields as well on all aspects related to sustainable development.
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Our Action focuses on the exchange of scientific-technical knowledge and experience of Ground Penetrating Radar techniques in Civil Engineering. It also aims at promoting a wider and more effective use of this safe and non-destructive inspection method. The Action is establishing and strengthening active links between universities, research institutes and industry working in the GPR field, fostering and accelerating its long-term development in Europe.
The ambitious and interdisciplinary project of the COST Action TU1208 is being developed within the frame of a unique approach based on the integrated contribution of University researchers, software developers, geophysics experts, Non-Destructive Testing equipment designers and producers, end users from private companies and public agencies. About 150 Institutions have joined the Action, from 28 COST Member Countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom) and from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Jordan, Israel, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Ukraine, and United States of America.
Start - End of Action:
4 April 2013 - 3 October 2017
Chair of the Action:
Sapienza University, IT
Vice-Chair of the Action:
National Technical University of Athens, EL
COST Office, BE
COST Office, BE
Sapienza Innovazione, IT
See the list of Parties on COST website
Management Committee (MC):
See the list of MC Members on COST website
Webpage of TU1208 on COST website:
The total number of Action Members is 304 (278 from COST Member Countries, 13 from NNCs and 13 from IPCs). Members from less research-intensive COST Countries are 68. Women are 60 (16 of them are in less research-intensive COST Countries).
The total number of Institutions is 148 (129 from COST Member Countries, 8 from NNCs and 11 from IPCs). Institutions from less research-intensive COST Countries are 35. Companies participating to the Action are 23; Public Agencies are 8.
For information concerning the COST Action TU1208, please take contact with the Chair of the Action, Dr. Lara Pajewski - This website is supported by COST, European COoperation in Science and Technology - COST is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme Horizon2020.
TU1208 Members are deeply grateful to COST for funding and supporting the COST Action TU1208.