Action TU1208 

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar

COST Success Story

Training School on Numerical modelling of Ground Penetrating Radar using gprMax

Thessaloniki, Greece, November 9-11, 2015

The COST Action TU1208 is  co-organising, along with the Department of Geophysics in the School of Geology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a  Training School on Numerical modelling of Ground Penetrating Radar using gprMax. 

This course is  conceived for early-career investigators and PhD students and will be held on November 9-11, 2015, in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Training School will focus on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) modelling using the new version of gprMax, a free Finite-Difference Time-Domain electromagnetic wave simulator.    Over a year ago, work started  on an improved new version of the free software gprMax, redeveloping it to enhance its capabilities. The new version is based on Python and it uses a number of modern technologies incorporating advanced new features to make the realistic modelling of GPR a lot easier.During the School the new version of gprMax will be released for the first time under an Open Source license and will be presented to the GPR research community. Lectures will be given by Prof Antonis Giannopoulos and Dr Craig Warren (The University of Edinburgh, UK).

Class Scheduling  

Monday, 9 November 2015

An introduction to the GPR method and its applications, aimed primarily for attendees with limited experience on GPR.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Introduction and overview of the GPR’s forward problem and to the Finite-Difference Time-Domain method of solving problems in computational electromagnetics.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

GPR modelling using the new version of gprMax.

Training School Grants

for PhD Students & Early-Career Investigators


 This Training School does not have a registration fee and students from all Countries are very welcome to  attend it for free. To register, please send an email to: Registrations are open. Deadline  for registration via email is November  3, 2015. 

COST Action TU1208  is offering up to  8 grants of 560,00 EUR  to Early-Career Investigators (ECI) and PhD students from COST Countries and  approved institutions in Near-Neighbour Countries (NNC); for the list of COST Countries and NNC, please visit According to COST definition under Horizon 2020, ECI are young researchers who already have their PhD since no more than 8 years. Trainees from Greece can apply for a reduced grant (280,00 EUR). However, Trainees  from Thessaloniki cannot apply for a grant. Deadline for submitting grant applications is October 23, 2015. Applications submitted after the deadline will be discarded. In order to apply for a grant you should email your curriculum vitae and list of publications, a personal statement about your motivation for attending the Training School and a letter of support from your PhD supervisor or Research Project leader to the organizers at

The  selection of Granted applications will be based on COST key principles of excellence and inclusiveness. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon2020 and its policy contributes to the "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" Horizon 2020 goal. To identify excellent applicants, the Action is asking all applicants to submit a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter and a support letter. At the same time, the Action aim at achieving inclusiveness. This objective is developed by COST around three main elements: support to early-career investigators, fostering of gender balance and support to researchers coming from less-research intensive COST Member Countries.  


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.