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EGU2020 Session “COST Actions in Geosciences: breakthrough ideas, research activities and results”

Events Posted on Fri, December 06, 2019 15:53:46

The 2020 European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU2020,, Vienna, Austria, 3 – 8 May 2020) will host a session dedicated to COST Actions and other scientific networks, entitled “COST Actions in Geosciences: breakthrough ideas, research activities and results”:

This session is a follow-up initiative of COST Action TU1208 and aims at creating a common space for multidisciplinary scientific discussion where EGU2020 delegates involved in running or past COST Actions can meet, share ideas, present activities carried out in their Actions, and disseminate scientific results obtained in the framework of their Actions. Thus, the session represents an invaluable opportunity for different Actions to identify possible synergies and establish new collaborations, find novel links between disciplines and conceive together innovative research approaches. 

This is a well-consolidated session, now in its third edition: in the first two editions we received more than 70 abstracts from almost 30 different Actions in total, and the session attracted a wide audience during the conference.

What kind of abstracts can be submitted to the COST Session? General abstracts describing the objectives, activities and results of COST Actions are obviously very much welcome. However, we are also happy to receive less general abstracts focused on specific topics, e.g., resuming a particular initiative undertaken in the framework of an Action, presenting the results of a particular Short-Term Scientific Mission, describing a successful Training School or science communication event organized by an Action, etc. We are also delighted to receive abstracts providing information about how diversity, equality, and inclusiveness concepts are dealt with in COST Actions, how Actions are supporting and empowering early-career investigators, etc. 

Furthermore, starting from EGU2020 a part of the session will be dedicated to a transversal topic of common interest for several Actions. The topic will be different every year and for EGU2020 we would like to propose: “Sustainability under climate change: European research coordination and capacity building in geosciences”. So, you may want to submit an abstract on this topic, too.

We always dedicate a part of the session on COST Actions to the presentation of scientific activities carried out by further national and international scientific networks, associations, and collaborative projects. Please inform potentially interested colleagues not involved in COST Actions about this possibility.

The submission deadline for 100-500 word abstracts is January 15th, 2020, 13:00 CET. No subsequent submission of extended papers is due, for this conference. Nonetheless, the opportunity to publish extended papers on a journal special-issue or book will be offered to session participants, after the conference.

This is the direct link to submit abstracts:
Using the above link, you will be asked to log in to the Copernicus Office Meeting Organizer. You can submit the text of your contribution as plain text, LaTeX, or MS Word content. 
More detailed information on how to submit an abstract is here:

EGU2020 Session “Ground Penetrating Radar: Technology, Methodology, Applications and Case Studies”

Events Posted on Tue, December 03, 2019 09:54:07

In the framework of EGU2020 (2020 European Geosciences Union General Assembly), to be held in Vienna, Austria, on 3-8 May 2020, Members of TU1208 GPR Association are organizing again a scientific session entitled “Ground Penetrating Radar: Technology, Methodology, Applications and Case Studies.”

This session aims at bringing together scientists, engineers, industrial delegates and end-users working in all Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) areas, ranging from fundamental electromagnetics to the numerous fields of applications. Topics of interest include: GPR instrumentation; GPR survey planning and data acquisition strategies; methods and tools for GPR data analysis and interpretation (including signal processing, electromagnetic modelling, imaging and inversion techniques); GPR applications and case studies; combined use of GPR and other geoscience instrumentation in all applications fields; education and outreach initiatives and methods. 

The session is well consolidated and successful, last year it included 30 contributions and attracted a wide audience during the conference.

A full description of the session, along with a detailled list of topics and a direct link to submit your abstract, is here:
The abstract submission deadline is 15 January 2020, 13:00 CET

Your abstract body should have 100–500 words. No subsequent submission of an extended paper is due, for this conference. Nonetheless, the opportunity to publish an extended version of the abstract as a special-issue paper on the new international journal Ground Penetrating Radar will be offered after the conference.

Guidelines and instructions on how to submit an abstract are here:
Should you have any doubts or questions, please feel free to contact the session conveners.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions and seeing you in Vienna!

Many congratulations to Dragan Poljak for receiving the 2019 Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE EMC Society!

News Posted on Mon, December 02, 2019 20:04:27

The Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society is given annually to recognize significant technical accomplishments in the field of electromagnetic compatibility. Prof. Dragan Poljak is the recipient of the 2019 edition of the award for his outstanding contributions to computational dosimetry for human exposure to electromagnetic fields.

The photo below shows Prof. Dragan Poljak while receiving his very well deserved award from Prof. Bruce Archambeault, the President of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, during the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal and Power Integrity.

This second photo shows the plaque that Prof. Dragan Poljak received.

Many congratulations to Dragan for this prestigious recognition! We are proud and honoured to have such an excellent scientist in our association!

Issue 1, Volume 2 of Ground Penetrating Radar

Publications Posted on Tue, May 21, 2019 15:34:45

Have you already downloaded and read Issue 1, Volume 2 of Ground Penetrating Radar (March 2019)?

That issue includes the Editorial and Preface, four interesting papers, and the usual “News & Announcements” section – check everything out at:

As of 2019, TU1208 GPR Association is a Crossref Member; therefore Ground Penetrating Radar papers are now registered on Crossref and this is a significant step forward for the journal. Moreover, the website of the journal has been updated and now every paper has a dedicated webpage.

The publication of Issue 1, Vol. 2 of Ground Penetrating Radar was supported by: TU1208 GPR Association and IDS Georadar s.r.l.

Online Petition against Circular No. 4/2019 issued by the Directorate of Archeology, Fine Arts, and Landscape of Italy (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism)

Other initiatives Posted on Fri, May 17, 2019 10:01:27

Associazione Italiana del Georadar (an Italian association dedicated to the Ground Penetrating Radar technique,, chaired by Raffaele Persico) has launched an online petition against Circular No. 4/2019, recently emitted by the Italian Directorate of Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Landscape (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism).
Circular No. 4/2019 regulates the procedures that must be followed when requesting an authorization to carry out non-invasive investigations involving the Italian archaeological heritage. Associazione Italiana del Georadar believes that such procedures are not well thought, they include too many useless bureaucratic steps, and may take a very long time to complete, which is incompatible with the timing of most national and international calls for research project proposals. Moreover, Circular No. 4/2019 imposes restrictions and bans to the organization of Training Schools and university courses that include practical activities in Italian archaeological sites. It is therefore apparent that the petition against Circular No. 4/2019 is of high interest not only for Italian scientists, GPR experts, and students, but also for colleagues and students from other countries, if not for everyone, given that the archaeological heritage of Italy is world heritage.
On the website of Associazione Italiana del Georadar (, more information is available. The full text of Circular No 4/2019 and its translation to English can be downloaded, along with a series of comments written by the Management Board of Associazione Italiana del Georadar. There is also a video where Raffaele Persico explains his opinion about Circular No. 4 and the reasons for the petition.
The petition can be signed here:
We kindly invite you to support the petition by signing and spreading the voice.

Ground Penetrating Radar – Issue 2, Vol. 1

Publications Posted on Sat, October 06, 2018 09:36:11

Have you already downloaded and read the second issue of our journal (July 2018)?

That issue includes the Editorial and Preface, six interesting papers, and a new section entitled “News & Announcements” – check everything out at:

The publication of Issue 2, Vol. 1 of Ground Penetrating Radar was supported by:
TU1208 GPR Association, IDS Georadar s.r.l. and Adapis Georadar Teknik Ab.

Reconstructing the Roman site “Aquis Querquennis” (Spain) from GPR, T-LiDAR and IRT data

Publications Posted on Thu, May 31, 2018 15:57:04

Aquis Querquennis was a Roman camp located in Galicia (Bande, Spain), on
the banks of the Limia river.
It was occupied between the last quarter of the first century and the middle of
the second century. The first archaeological excavations were made in the
1920s and the overall settlement occupies three hectares. This open access paper (with acknowledgement to COST Action TU1208) presents a three-dimensional reconstruction
of the site, achieved by using GPR and T-LiDAR data, complemented with infrared thermography.

Puente, I.; Solla, M.; Lagüela, S.; Sanjurjo-Pinto, J. Reconstructing the Roman Site “Aquis
Querquennis” (Bande, Spain) from GPR, T-LiDAR and IRT Data Fusion. Remote Sens.
2018, 10, 379.

Read the full paper here:

Use of GPR supported by mineralogical-geochemical methods for mapping unroofed cave sediments, in Slovenia

Publications Posted on Tue, May 29, 2018 17:08:19

Ground penetrating radar equipped with a special unshielded 50 MHz Rough Terrain Antenna
(RTA) and a shielded 250 MHz antenna was recently used in Slovenia to investigate the capability of this
geophysical method for detecting cave sediments of unroofed caves. The GPR technique was combined with mineralogical methods and geomorphological mapping.

Čeru, T.; Dolenec, M.; Gosar, A. Application of Ground Penetrating Radar Supported by Mineralogical-Geochemical Methods for Mapping Unroofed Cave Sediments. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 639.

Read the open access paper (acknowledging COST Action TU1208) here:

GPR assessment of a wooden floor in Sao Carlos Theater, Lisbon, Portugal

Publications Posted on Sat, May 26, 2018 22:56:08

Paper published in May 2018 by TU1208 Members from Italy, Portugal and Spain, presenting the structural health assessment of a wooden floor in São Carlos Theater, Lisbon, Portugal. The study was carried out by using various techniques, including GPR. Read a full-text version here:

Training School on GPR held in Rome on 14-18 May 2018

Events Posted on Fri, May 25, 2018 18:52:01

The school was successfully attended by 25 Trainees from 10 Countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Spain and Ukraine); 62% Trainees were from Academia, 27% Trainees were from Industry, and 12% Trainees were Freelance Professionals. Three Trainees were Members of TU1208 GPR Association and received a Training School Grant (waiver of the registration fee). Thank you very much to all Trainees, for attending and enjoying the school!

Lectures were given by 15 Trainers from 6 Countries (Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, United Kingdom, United States), coming from Universities, Research Centres, Companies, and a Public Agency. Many thanks to all Trainers for coming to Rome and for their outstanding contribution to the school!

Thank you to “the Helpers” Loredana Matera, Santo Prontera and Alessio Ventura, for their tireless work!

We are grateful to the co-organizing and co-funding institutions: Sapienza University of Rome, University College London, and Associazione Italiana del Georadar. We are also grateful to Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc (GSSI) and Codevintec Italiana Srl for providing cutting-edge equipment and excellent technical support during the practical sessions. Finally, we are grateful to Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli and Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura for hosting our practical sessions.

Building on the experience of 15 Training Schools organized in the framework of COST Action TU1208, in 2013-2017, this was the first Training School organized by TU1208 GPR Association. We did a great job! Lectures were interesting and regularly attended by Trainees, practical sessions were useful and in amazing locations, everything worked smoothly and the feedback that we received from Trainees was definitely positive.

The school was awarded with the EU label for the European Year of Cultural Heritage:

The photo below shows a group of Trainees & Trainers. It was taken during a practical session in the Quadriportico of Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura, on 17 May 2018. Click on the photo to download a larger version.

More info on the school found here:

TU1208 Open Database of Radargrams – IFSTTAR dataset

Publications Posted on Mon, April 30, 2018 19:06:49

This invited paper, recently published by TU1208 Members on the open access journal ‘Remote Sensing’, presents a dataset of 67 GPR profiles recorded in a controlled environment (at the IFSTTAR geophysical test site) by using 3 commercial systems equipped with 14 antennas. The central frequencies of the antennas range from 200 MHz to 900 MHz. The dataset is the core part of the Open Database of Radargrams initiative of COST Action TU1208, which consists in organizing and making available for the scientific community a collection of reliable and interesting GPR responses to enable an effective benchmark for electromagnetic modelling methods, imaging and inversion techniques, and signal processing algorithms.

Read the paper and download the dataset (raw data) here:

Update on the Training School on GPR – Rome, 14-18 May 2018

Events Posted on Sun, April 29, 2018 10:14:52

Registrations are still open for the upcoming Training School on the use of Ground Penetrating Radar in civil engineering and for cultural heritage management. We already have 19 Trainees registered to the School, from both academia and industry, and from seven countries (Austria, Estonia, Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain).

The class scheduling of the school has been recently enriched with new lectures and interesting practical activities.

Commercial systems manufactured by GSSI as well as prototypes developed in Italy, Croatia and United Kingdom, will be available on-site and used during practical sessions. Some systems will be pulsed and some other systems will be stepped-frequency.

For more information about the school visit this page:

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