Action TU1208 

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story


Every effort is made to disseminate  information, activities, findings and recommendations produced by this Action.

Different dissemination methods are considered and implemented, for different target audience, as described in the following. Please visit also the Resources page.


For scientific communities and experts from commercial companies, the dissemination methods include:

  • articles in peer-reviewed scientific and technical Journals;
  • state of the art reports, intermediate, annual and case-study reports, proceedings of scientific events, handbook of protocols and guidelines, software manuals and final reports;
  • workshops, meetings, conferences and seminars organized by the Action;
  • TS;
  • distribution of free USB pendrives, featuring documents and other multimedia resources emanating from each of the four research areas;
  • contributions to international and national conferences and symposia;
  • a mailing list (with summaries of the Action’s main findings and scientific events);
  • specific mailings to interested laboratories, associations and consortia;
  • subscriptions to a newsletter via the Website (with detailed presentations of findings and scientific events);
  • internet discussion forum; and
  • password-protected electronic area.

For Public Agencies and Institutions responsible for the management and maintenance of public structures and infrastructures and for commercial companies, dissemination methods are the following:

  • articles in non-technical Journals and publications;
  • flyers and brochures explaining the Action and its potential applications;
  • distribution of free CD-ROMs and DVDs featuring documents and other resources (texts, slides, videos);
  • invitations to TSs, workshops and conferences;
  • demo activities;
  • access on the website to non-technical pages, publications, recommendations and other downloadable resources; and
  • final reports.

International Standard Bodies may find interest in these dissemination initiatives and resources and in the  guidelines that will be published at the end of the Action.

For European citizens and politicians, the Action activities and results are disseminated through the Action’s website, through interviews, posters in public places, press releases and news items posted on popular websites and discussion forums.


Information relating to the Action has been continuously disseminated throughout the 4.5-year duration. The nature of this information  takse into consideration the progress of the Action as well as the results of its evaluation, changes as the research projects are near completion, and  keep steps with the calendar of events.

The advances reported at the scientific meetings, conferences and TSs  give rise to proceedings-style joint publications. The results of the workshops  primarily give rise to articles in peer-reviewed Journals.

The Action has organized   events co-located with recognised international events, in order to assure a wide audience and impact. The WGs of the Action  organized special topical sessions at main events, with a large participation of the Action’s members.

An important part of the dissemination activity is targeted at young researchers. With this aim in mind, 16 TSs were organised during the lifetime of the Action. The schools dealt with basic, applied and advanced topics, were open to industrial participants and, in order to address properly the needs of industry, the programme of specific sessions of the School was discussed and decided in agreement with representatives of companies interested in sending members of their staff as students. On the other hand, for students coming from participating institutions, the programme of the School was integrated by short visits to participating laboratories.

The Action has  promoted and supported the publication of joint scientific and technical papers, containing the results obtained in the framework of the Action and authored by members of the Action, in peer-reviewed scientific and technical Journals.


The target audience for the dissemination of the results of the Action includes:

  • researchers working in the field, with special attention to early-stage researchers and PhD. Students;
  • commercial companies working in the field, as service providers or as manufacturers of GPR equipment;
  • Public Agencies and Institutions responsible for the management and maintenance of public structures and infrastructures;
  • associations and project consortia working in the field;
  • audience from other research frameworks;
  • International Standard Bodies;
  • Politicians;
  • general public.

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.