Action TU1208 

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story

Chair of COST Action TU1208 (2013-2017)

President of     TU1208 GPR Association (2017-present)

Editor-in-Chief of Ground Penetrating Radar  (2017-present)


Lara Pajewski received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering cum laude from Roma Tre University of Rome, Italy, and the PhD in Applied Electromagnetics and Electrophysics Sciences from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. From 2004 to 2008 she worked in the Applied Electronics Department of Roma Tre University as a Technician, in the Laboratory of Applied Electromagnetics; from 2008 to 2016 she worked in the Engineering Department of Roma Tre University as a Researcher in Electromagnetic Fields. Since November 2016, she is a Professor of Electromagnetic Fields in Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications. She was recruited in this position via a special procedure for winners of high-level EU projects ('chiamata diretta').

From April 2013 to October 2017 she was the Chair, Grant Holder scientific representative and administrator of COST Action TU1208 “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar,” involving more than three hundreds experts from academia and industry, from 28 COST 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.  From September 2017 she is the President of TU1208 GPR Association, a non-profit international network on Ground Penetrating Radar  (GPR) founded as a follow up of COST Action TU1208. Moreover, from September 2017 she  is the Editor-in-Chief of Ground Penetrating Radar, the first peer-reviewed scientific journal dedicated to GPR. In November 2017 she was elected  next President for the   Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems Division of the European Geosciences Union  (EGU).

Her main research interests are in GPR technology, methodology and applications, integration of GPR with complementary non-destructive testing methods, and full-wave electromagnetic modelling of complex scenarios. She is also interested in electromagnetic pollution and radiation protection, and in science management.

She is the author/co-author of about 70 scientific papers on peer-reviewed journals, 20  book chapters and more than 200 papers on conference proceedings. She is co-author of a book on safety issues in near-surface geophysical prospecting, editor/guest editor of 15 books and 8 journal special issues. Since 2011, she is the Western-Europe Editor of the Taylor & Francis Journal “Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation.”

Lara Pajewski is very active in the organization of international scientific events and has participated to several scientific committees. In 2013-2017, she organized and chaired 14 international meetings of COST Action TU1208, held in various European countries. In the framework of COST Action TU1208, she also organized 15 international Training Schools on GPR, attended by more than 420 Trainees in total, and a successful series of dissemination events called “GPR Road Show” where stakeholders, private companies, professionals and interested citizens could find out what is GPR and learn about its applications in civil engineering and beyond. In 2014, she was co-Chair of the 15th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2014). From 2011 to 2017, she convened the GI3.1 Session “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar” at the annual General Assembly of EGU  (EGU GA); as of 2018, she convenes the interdisciplinary EGU GA Session “COST Actions in Geosciences: breakthrough ideas, research activities and results.” She organised and chaired sessions and workshops on GPR in many other international conferences, such as the European Radar Conference (EuRAD), the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Conference (ACES) and the MetroArcheo Conference - Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.  She  is the Chair of the 10th International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR 2019).

Lara Pajewski has often been involved in international award committees. She was coordinator and member of the GPR 2014 Early-Stage Researcher Award Committee. From 2014 to 2017, she was a member of the EGU Christiaan Huygens Medal Committee and from 2017 she is the Chair of the same committee. She was also the Award Chair for the 2017 edition of the MetroArcheo Conference.

At Sapienza University, Lara Pajewski holds the "Antennas" course for the Laurea in Information Engineering (Bachelor's Degree) and the “Ground Penetrating Radar” course for the Laurea Magistrale in Electronic Engineering (Master Degree). At Roma Tre University, she held for twelve years the “Laboratory of Microwaves and Antennas” course for the Laurea in Electronic Engineering (Bachelor's Degree) and for three years the “Electromagnetic Instrumentation" course for the Laurea Magistrale in Communication and Information Technology Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and “Bioengineering (Master’s Degrees).


Prof. Lara Pajewski

Sapienza University of Rome

Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications

via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy

Tel. +39 06 4458 5358

Download CV and list of selected publications (updated June 2017)





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.