TU1208 GPR Association

International non-profit network on Ground Penetrating Radar

Cooperation - Sharing - Open science - Excellence - Embracing diversity - Inclusiveness - Innovation - Bottom up 

Founded in September 2017 as a follow up initiative of COST Action TU1208

About TU1208 GPR Association

TU1208 GPR Association was founded in September 2017 as a follow up initiative of  COST Action TU1208 “Civil engineering applications of Ground Penetrating Radar,” which ended in October 2017. We founded this association to keep our  scientific network alive and cohesive, continue the excellent work that was done in the framework of the Action, and further support cooperation between Universities, research centres, private companies and public agencies active in the GPR field. TU1208 GPR Association inherited the same primary objective of COST Action TU108: exchange and increase scientific-technical knowledge and experience of GPR technique, while promoting the effective use of this safe and non-destructive method.  Our association is open to experts from all over the world, and not 'only' to those who were previously Members of COST Action TU1208.

The research activities supported by TU1208 GPR Association cover all areas of GPR technology, methodology, and applications. TU1208 GPR Association is active in the organization of scientific events, such as conferences, workshops, and training schools; moreover, the association supports the participation of its Members to relevant  events organized by other institutions and funds research visits. TU1208 GPR Association carries out editorial activities, such as the publication and dissemination of newsletters,  proceedings of events, educational material, journal papers,  books, and multimedia documents useful to spread out the results of the studies and initiatives fulfilled by its Members. We publish an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal: Ground Penetrating Radar.  The activities of the association include any other initiative useful to foster the achievement of its primary objective.

We send news and updates via email. If you wish to receive TU1208 mailings, please send us a message by filling in the contact form. We have a blog! Check it out: tu1208blog.gpradar.eu. You are most welcome to follow us on social media: we have active pages on Facebook, Twitter and  LinkedIn.


The list of Members is available here.

Future events

  • COST Info Day

Prof. Lara Pajewski will participate in the upcoming Italian edition of COST Info Day (27 June 2019, Turin, IT) and give an invited talk entitled "COST Actions as open networks of excellence where people and ideas can grow: A success story."

    Past events (October 2017 - April 2019)

    • Scientific Session:
      COST Actions in Geosciences: breakthrough ideas, research activities and results
      (2018 & 2019 European Geosciences Union General Assembly, EGU GA)

    The session aimed at creating a common space for multidisciplinary scientific discussion, where conference delegates involved in running or recently ended COST Actions could meet, share ideas, present research activities carried out in their Actions, and disseminate their scientific results. The session represented a valuable opportunity for different Actions to identify possible synergies and establish new collaborations. Scientists not yet involved in the COST programme participated, too, inasmuch as ongoing Actions are always open to new participants.

    Convener: Lara Pajewski (Italy); co-Conveners: Simona Fontul (Portugal), Marian Marciniak (Poland), and Aleksandar Ristic (Serbia)

    Place and dates: Vienna, Austria, 8-13 April 2018; Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April 2019

    More info is available on the dedicated webpages:



    • Scientific Session: Ground Penetrating Radar: Technology, Methodology, Applications, and Case Studies
      (2019 European  Geosciences Union General Assembly, EGU GA)

    The session aimed at bringing together scientists, engineers, industrial delegates and end-users working in all GPR areas, ranging from fundamental electromagnetics to the numerous fields of applications. The session provided a supportive framework for (1) the delivery of critical updates on the ongoing research activities, (2) fruitful discussions and development of new ideas, (3) community-building through the identification of skill sets and collaboration opportunities, (4) vital exposure of early-career scientists to the GPR research community. 

    The topics of interest for this session were:

    1. Ground Penetrating Radar instrumentation

    - Innovative GPR equipment

    - Design, realization, and optimization of GPR antennas

    - Equipment testing and calibration procedures

    2. Ground Penetrating Radar methodology

    - Survey planning and data acquisition strategies

    - Methods and tools for data analysis and interpretation

    - Data processing algorithms, electromagnetic modelling, imaging, and inversion techniques

    - Studying the relationship between GPR sensed quantities and physical properties of inspected subsurface/structures useful for application needs

    - Advanced data visualization methods to clearly and efficiently communicate the significance of GPR data

    3. Ground Penetrating Radar applications and case studies

    - Earth sciences

    - Civil engineering

    - Environmental engineering

    - Archaeology and cultural heritage

    - Management of water resources

    - Humanitarian mine clearance

    - Vital signs detection of trapped people in natural and man-made disasters

    - Planetary exploration

    4. Contributions on the combined use of Ground Penetrating Radar and other geoscience instrumentation, in all applications fields

    5. Communication and education initiatives and methods

    Place and dates: Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April 2019.

    Abstract submission: From  22 October 2018 to 10 January 2019.

    Conveners: Aleksandar Ristic (Serbia),  Alessandro Fedeli (Italy), Lara Pajewski (Italy), Mercedes Solla (Spain), Milan Vrtunski (Serbia)

    More info is available on the dedicated webpage:


    • Training School "Ground Penetrating Radar for civil engineering and cultural heritage management"

    A school organised by Sapienza University of Rome, University College London, TU1208 GPR Association, and Associazione Italiana del Georadar; the school was awarded the European Year of Cultural Heritage label.

    Coordinators: Lara Pajewski (Italy), Lai Bun Lok (United Kingdom) and Raffaele Persico (Italy)

    Place and dates: Rome, Italy, 14-18 May 2018

    More info is available on the dedicated webpage:


    Join us!

    If you wish to join the association, please send us your filled out and signed Application Form at tu1208@gpradar.eu.   After your application is approved, you can complete the procedure by paying the membership and subscription fees, as outlined below.  Please do not pay before your application is approved, else your payment will be considered as a donation.

    Standard Membership




    40,00 EUR

    100,00 EUR

    20,00 EUR

    Reduced Membership  (1)




    30,00 EUR

    80,00 EUR

    20,00 EUR

    Supportive Membership




    100,00 EUR

    200,00 EUR

    20,00 EUR

    Membership is on a calendar year basis. Membership applications received after 1 December will be made effective as of 1 January of the following year, unless otherwise requested.

    * Subscription is a lump sum that has to be paid by new Members willing to join the association.


    (1) Available only for Inclusiveness Target Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey.

    Support us!

    If you wish to support the association, you can make a donation and/or sponsor our activities.   Please feel free to contact us at tu1208@gpradar.eu to discuss about sponsorship opportunities.

    Basic information

    TU1208 GPR Association

    Fiscal code: 97946170582

    Via Flaminio Ponzio 14

    00153, Roma, Italy

    Tel. +39 06 97619403

    Email: tu1208@gpradar.eu

    Website: www.gpradar.eu/tu1208

    IBAN: IT49H0200805012000104921152

    For information concerning COST Action TU1208 and TU1208 GPR Association, please take contact with the Chair of the Action and President of the Association, Prof. Lara Pajewski. From 4 April 2013 to 3 October 2017, this website was 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 COST Action TU1208. As of 4 October 2017, this website is supported by TU1208 GPR Association, a non-profit association stemming from COST Action TU1208.

    Blog: http://tu1208blog.gpradar.eu/