FLAIR  :  ['flar, 'fler] Etymology: French, literally, sense of smell, from Late Latin flagrare

1 : a uniquely attractive quality : STYLE   

2 : a skill or instinctive ability to appreciate or make good use of something : TALENT  

(Sense of "special aptitude", perhaps from notion of a hound's ability to track scent. )

FLAIR conferences provide a platform for Field Laser Applications in Industry and Research. The venue moves back and forth from the ambience of Tuscany to the Bavarian mountains, from the Medici to Ludwig II, from Galileo Galilei to Joseph Fraunhofer, from wine grapes to barley malt and hops.


FLAIR presents State-of-the-art Lasers, Components, Software and Systems, which are used for diagnostic purposes in Applied Spectroscopy, Stable Isotope Ratio Measurements, Environmental Research, Medicine, Life Sciences and Agriculture, Plasma and Combustion, Atmospheric Research and in Industrial Applications. Poster sessions together with an exhibition provide the platform for information exchange between representatives from Research & Development  Laboratories, Industry and Users.

International Conference


FLAIR 2014 - Field Laser Applications in Industry and Research


May 5-9, 2014  -  Hotel Demidoff, Pratolino (FI), Italy

FLAIR - 2014



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I have the sad task of informing you that Peter Werle, my friend and co-chair of the conference, has died on Sept. 6, 2013.

After the shock for this loss, I felt that the work we had started together should be completed, and in this I was supported by his family and by the persons who were already involved in the organization (members of the advisory committee, sponsors, invited speakers), to whom I'm grateful for their encouragement.

The conference was held as scheduled.

You can download our obituary for him.


              Francesco D’Amato


Florence, May 13, 2014