18th International Conference
on Ground Penetrating Radar

June 14 – 19, 2020
Golden, Colorado USA

Important Visa Information

GPR 2020 attendees requiring a visa for travel to the United States should visit the International page of this website for important information.

GPR 2020 Abstracts Published and Available (Posted November 22, 2020)

We are pleased to announce that the expanded abstracts submitted for the 18th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2020) have been published by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Although the Conference has been postponed until 2022, the abstracts are now available to all authors and co-authors who submitted expanded abstracts for the 2020 Conference.

An email, containing information about accessing the published abstracts, was sent on November 16, 2020 to all those who submitted abstracts that were accepted for the Conference. Authors were encouraged to share the email with their co-authors. Any authors or co-authors who have not received information about accessing the abstracts should contact Continuing and Professional Education Services at Learn@mines.edu for assistance.

Updated information regarding GPR 2020 (Posted April 22, 2020)

We are pleased to announce that the Conference has been rescheduled to be held in 2022, also in Golden, Colorado. Specific information about the rescheduled Conference, including dates, agendas, paper submission, and more will be made available as the time for the Conference draws nearer.

Also, updated information regarding GPR 2020 abstracts is available. Please visit the Abstracts page of this website for more information.

GPR 2020 has been postponed (Posted March 25, 2020)

Like all of your institutions, agencies, and companies, Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is working to manage the constantly evolving Corona virus situation. The pandemic has had a major impact on Mines, which planned to host GPR 2020, the 18th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar. We anticipate that this situation will continue for the foreseeable future. We appreciate your support and understanding during this challenging time. Taking into account projections by epidemiologists combined with international travel restrictions, along with local, state, and national guidelines to mitigate the spread of infection, we are left with no choice but to postpone GPR 2020 from its planned dates of June 14-19, 2020 at Mines. At present, we are considering options for rescheduling the conference and managing the substantial number of extended abstracts that we have already received. We will send an update as soon as we have determined a firm plan and schedule. This outcome is disappointing, but we believe that our global GPR community is resilient, and we look forward to reconnecting with all of you when the health situation has been mitigated.

Authors, presenters, and reviewers — thank you for your initial submissions and reviews. Your session and paper topics are exciting and valuable for the GPR community. For all conference participants — thank you for your support, including help with conference planning, helping to spread the word in your local contexts, and in all ways that you support the GPR community.

If you have registered for the conference as an author, exhibitor, or sponsor, you will receive a full refund on the credit/debit card you used to complete the transaction. Payments made by other means will be refunded in the mode by which they were made. Please be patient with us as we complete this process; it may be a few days before reimbursement is processed. Anyone who has reserved residence hall space will be automatically refunded; no further action is required on your part. If you have made hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly to request your refund.

Watch for further updates on this website.

With best wishes for your health and safety,

On behalf of the GPR 2020 organizing committee and Colorado School of Mines

John Bradford

GPR 2020 Organizing Committee Chair


Welcome to the 18th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR 2020), which will be held in Golden, Colorado, USA from June 14 to June 19, 2020. Held biennially since 1986, The International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar is the premier event for GPR research and applications. Drawing together scientists, engineers, industrial delegates and end-users, the conference is a place to see all of the latest GPR developments, ranging from fundamental advances in methods to the most interesting case studies.

Who should attend?

Those involved with the use of ground penetrating radar comprise a diverse community, including academic researchers, industrial scientists and engineers, government scientists, and policy makers. All are welcome to this conference, ranging from those just beginning to those with substantial expertise.

Conference objectives and topics

The Conference aims to bring together all who are interested in the use of ground penetrating radar for any purpose, to review developments in the field over the previous two years, and to attempt to extrapolate for the near-term future.

Topics that will be explored during the Conference include novel developments of GPR systems and antennas, advanced data processing algorithms for improved subsurface imaging, radar data modeling approaches and inversion strategies for quantitative reconstruction of soil and material properties.

Additional topics include 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 and military engineering (e.g., utility detection, monitoring of transport infrastructures, nondestructive testing, landmine detection), archeology and cultural heritage, and planetary exploration, among others.

Plenary panel discussions

The Conference will host four special plenary panel discussions which will cover:

  • GPR to help monitor impacts of climate change
  • How GPR can help with developing and renewing infrastructure
  • Biogeophysics and GPR
  • Exploration of planets and other extraterrestrial bodies

GPR 2020 will be an exciting Conference that will provide the opportunity for participants to be able to meet others in the field, to exchange ideas, expertise and experience, and to renew and form new friendships and working relations. The Conference is structured so that participants can learn from both formal and informal interactions, such as presented papers, posters and social events.

Call for papers

Having already received 200 abstract submissions, GPR 2020 looks to be one of the largest GPR conferences ever. To enable as much participation as possible, we will continue accepting initial abstracts until December 31. Please join us for this exciting event!

Oral and poster presentations are being solicited for the Conference. More information can be found on the Abstracts page of this website. Learn more...

Important dates associated with submissions of presentations are shown in the Conference timeline and important dates section of this page.

Conference flyer is available...

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Conference timeline and important dates

May 2019 Announcement of GPR 2020
July 2019Call for abstracts
December 31, 2019Initial abstracts due
January 2020Accepted abstract notification
December 2019Early registration opens
March 2020Expanded abstracts due (March 9, 2020)
April 2020Accepted expanded abstract notification
May 2020End of early registration; Start of regular registration
May 2020Final expanded abstracts due
June 14, 2020 GPR 2020 opens
June 19, 2020 GPR 2020 ends

The Conference has been postponed.



The organizations listed below will be exhibitors at the Conference.

GPR2020 Exhibitors