The Coal Research Forum was formed in 1989 to encourage, promote and co-ordinate basic research on coal, coal characterisation, coal products and coal utilisation in the UK. Particular emphasis is given to the promotion and co-ordination of contact between academia and industry, and the assessment and co-ordination of resources and needs concerned with coal utilisation and conversion.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers in universities and participants from industry who are also carrying out research or are interested in the application of the research in industry. Papers which describe applications of research in coal characterisation, utilisation and preparation are now invited.