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Dear Colleagues,
It is our great pleasure and honour to invite you to the 8th International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar  - IWAGPR 2015, which will be held in Florence, Italy, from the 7th to 10th of July, 2015.
This workshop is the 8th of a biennial series of international scientific symposia devoted in advancements in GPR techniques and applications. The conference is aimed at presenting a wide range of scientific and technical information of high standard to scientists, engineers and end-users of GPR technologies, as well as to provide the possibility to participants to exchange ideas and discuss about their work and results.
Topics covered include novel developments of GPR systems and antennas, advanced data processing algorithms for improved subsurface imaging, radar data modelling approaches and inversion strategies for qualitative and quantitative reconstruction of soil and material properties, and finally, data interpretation in a range of fields, including geology and sedimentology, glaciology, environmental and agricultural engineering (e.g., hydrological monitoring, digital soil mapping, forestry), civil engineering (e.g., utility detection, monitoring of transport infrastructures, non-destructive testing),  UXOs and landmines detection, archaeology and cultural heritage, among others. 
All papers presented at the conference will be published in the workshop proceedings, and the official language is English.
The conference will be held in the historic Rectorate of the Florence University, in Florence downtown, one of the most beautiful places of the world, registered on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO. The Rectorate is within a few steps from the “Galleria dell' Accademia” that houses the original David by Michelangelo, and all the majors attraction of Florence (the Cathedral of “S.Maria del Fiore” with Brunelleschi’s dome and Giotto’s bell-tower, the “Piazza della Signoria” heart of the city, the scenic bridge “Ponte Vecchio” as well as any corner of this unique downtown).
The field trials session for GPR instruments is scheduled in the Botanic garden adjacent to the Rectorate, also known as the “Giardino dei Semplici”. The historic garden was established in  1545, by Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and is Europe's third oldest.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Florence!
Best regards,
Lorenzo Capineri and Massimiliano Pieraccini
IWAGPR 2015 Conference Chairs