Field Laser Applications in Industry and Research 2020


SARS-CoV-2 is deeply affecting the mode of living of people all over the world, in a manner that could not have been foreseen just a few months ago. Public events have been canceled everywhere. Most of these were postponed, while some of them were held as teleconferences.

Concerning FLAIR2020, as soon as the problem became evident we decided to postpone the abstract and early bird fee deadlines, buying us a little bit more time to closely monitor the developments around the pandemic. However, it is now abundantly clear that the meeting cannot be held as usual, and we regret we have had to decide to postpone FLAIR2020.

After six editions, we can claim that FLAIR has an outstanding reputation, due to the excellent scientific program, and notably the selection of (invited) speakers, as well as its characteristic mode of operation. FLAIR has always been held in isolated conference centers or small towns, such that all participants could enjoy five days of intense interactions, thus fostering new scientific contacts and cooperation among the attendees. This aspect is evidently also highly appreciated by our industrial sponsors.

For these reasons we believe that holding FLAIR in an online version would be highly detrimental from any point of view. Consequently, we decided to postpone FLAIR to the first half of September 2021 (or later if the right set of conditions would still not have been met at that time). The precise date will be fixed in early 2021. 

With our best wishes of good health and continued, rewarding scientific activity, and looking forward to meeting you as soon as possible!

Kind regards, 
Francesco, Silvia, and Erik


FLAIR 2020 would have been the 7th edition of the international conference series Field Laser Applications in Industry and Research, initiated in 2007 by Francesco D'Amato and Peter Werle. It aims to bring together researchers from both industrial and academic research laboratories and institutions to stimulate new research initiatives and field laser applications involving sensitive and selective detection of molecular species with a broad interdisciplinary approach.

FLAIR provides overview lectures by international experts, emphasizing integrative and multi-disciplinary approaches. Talks and posters will be presented by laser detection specialists, but also by researchers active in one of the fields of application (atmospheric monitoring, industrial process control, biomedicine, combustion science, etc.) who are highly familiar with the measurement challenges in an industrial or research setting, but may have limited knowledge of laser-based solutions. Special industry sessions and an exhibition enable our industrial partners to highlight recent progress of commercial systems. The social events help to foster an atmosphere in which it is easy to discuss and interact with researchers across different disciplines.

Lyon-Valpré is conveniently located on the north-west outskirts of the city of Lyon, close to the base of the French Alps, Grenoble, and Geneva. Or, if you prefer, centered between the wine regions of Bourgogne, Haut-Savoie, and la Vallée du Rhône. The city of Lyon is world-renowned for, among other things, its cultural heritage, modern musea, and gastronomy. The convention center is located on the hills of Ecully, overlooking the center of Lyon from its green park. It provides 116 single, twin and family hotel rooms on its premises, with good alternatives at about 12 min walking distance. This should enable maintaining the concept of FLAIR of staying in the same place to maximize interaction in an informal atmosphere and to create a core group for furthering Laser Applications in Industry and Research as a cross-disciplinary field of research.

FLAIR 2020 is chaired by Erik Kerstel and Francesco D’Amato and will be held September 2020 in France.

FLAIR 2020 is organized under auspices of the CNRS, the Association of the University of Grenoble Alps and the Grenoble Institute of Technology, as well as the French Physical Society (SFP). Administrative support is provided by the Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Physics.


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