(European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications)


Monday-Wednesday, 15th-17th September 2014

at the Business School, University of Hull, UK



Please click here to go to the programme and abstracts page





Downloads and Links

First announcement

Programme overview (.pdf)

Programme detailed (.pdf)

Programme, with downloadable abstracts and posters (webpage)

Poster listing (.pdf)

Abstract specification



Important Dates

31st July             Last date for registration by presenters of paper/posters
31st July             Last date for discounted registration
30th September   Final submission of papers for "Fuel" special issue



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 academic and industry and the assessment and co-ordination of resources and needs concerned with coal utilisation and conversion.




The UK National Meeting on Coal Research and its Applications was first held in 1996. Building on the success of the previous ECCRIA conferences, this tenth conference is to be held at the University of Hull.



Scope and Purpose

The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers in universities with participants from industry, who are also carrying out research or are interested in the application of the research in industry.



Call for Papers

The call for papers closed on 31st January.   Papers were invited which described applications in coal utilisation and preparation with particular reference to the areas below:
• Improving efficiency and reducing emissions for clean coal technologies in conventional combustion power generation, including co-firing with biomass and wastes, ash and slagging issues;
• Advanced power generation, (APG), including enabling technologies; industrial combustion; gasification; and new materials for APG.
• CO2 capture, transport, storage and utilisation technologies, including oxyfuel combustion and chemical looping; coal characterisation and plant diagnostics;
• All emissions issues, including alternative NOx reduction techniques to meet 2016 NOx limits; SO2, Particulates and Trace Elements
• Carbonisation and other metallurgical uses; coal-derived products; coal preparation and handling; underground coal gasification and coal bed methane, and all other coal conversion processes, including coal to liquids.

Research students were also strongly encouraged to submit papers, attend and give presentations and there will be a reduced fee for students. For papers accepted, one author must present the paper at the conference either as an oral presentation or as a poster. This author must register and pay his/her conference fee before 31st July 2014;  otherwise their paper/poster cannot be confirmed in the programme.


The poster session listing is available here.

NOTE : Although the closing date for abstracts has now passed (31st January) and the conference has a full programme, further abstracts may still be submitted to Maggi Churchouse.  Such abstracts, however, must comply with the format specified (follow this link), and will be considered in the first instance for poster presentation only.   They may subsequently be considered for oral presentation, but only if an appropriate slot becomes available in the programme.



All authors of accepted abstracts (oral and poster) are invited to submit, by 30th September 2014 at the latest, a full paper for possible inclusion in a Special Issue of FUEL.  The papers submitted MUST be prepared strictly in accordance with the Guide for Authors and MUST be submitted electronically through the website.  Authors should clearly indicate that the paper is for the 10th ECCRIA Special Issue. All full papers will be subject to the normal refereeing requirements of FUEL.


Notes re submission: 

  • Website link

  • You must already be, or register as, an EES User to submit a paper.

  • Please mark the “Article Type“ as ”Original research paper for the 10th ECCRIA SI”.


Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities

Bronze (£550)

Organisation logo on all of the conference publications and distribution of organisation's information, eg literature / brochure in delegate bags

Silver (£750)

Bronze Package plus an exhibition stand

Gold (£1,000)

Bronze Package plus named sponsorship of a specific conference lunch or of a table at the conference dinner

Diamond (£1,500)

Bronze Package plus poster buffet dinner sponsorship

Platinum (£tba)

Bronze Package plus conference dinner sponsorship





Please follow this link.




Registration is closed and discounted registration fees were available to students (undergraduates and post-graduates only) and to members of the Coal Research Forum (CRF) and Minerals Engineering Society (MES).  


One of the principal aims of this conference was to encourage wide participation and, to enable this, the costs to participants are kept at a reasonable level. 


Full three-day attendance, including drinks reception and evening meals (no VAT) - for payments received up to 31st July
£320   Member of the CRF/MES
£475   Non-member
£160   Student member of the CRF/MES (undergraduate or post-graduate)
£240   Student non-member (undergraduate or post-graduate)

Day attendance (per day rate), including drinks reception and excluding evening meals (no VAT) for payments received up to 31st July
£156   Member of the CRF/MES
£235   Non-member
 £78   Student member of the CRF/MES (undergraduate or post-graduate)
£116   Student non-member (undergraduate or post-graduate)

Late fee, for payments received after 31st July
£50 The late fee applied to all registrations paid after 31st July

Additional Catering - dinners for accompanying persons and single day attendees.  Booking closes on 31st August
£22   Buffet dinner on Monday, 15th September (included in full attendance fee)
£50   Conference dinner on Tuesday 16th September (included in full attendance fee)

The registration fee included daytime refreshments, lunches, buffet reception and the Conference Dinner.  All participants were asked to cover their own accommodation and travel costs. 



Students and Bursaries

The Coal Research Forum is offering up to six travel and subsistence bursaries of up to £300 each to bona fide full-time students wishing to attend appropriate national and international coal-related conferences, such as the “Tenth European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications”, (10th ECCRIA), to be held at the University of Hull on 15th-17th September 2014. To apply, please send the abstract submitted to the conference with a brief supporting letter from your supervisor to:
    Professor J W Patrick
    School of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
    The University of Nottingham
    University Park
    Nottingham NG7 2RD

The requirements for eligibility for an award of a bursary are that the recipient will submit a short report about his or her impressions of the conference to the Newsletter Editor for inclusion in the next edition.  In addition, the report will provide some brief details of the beneficiary, their topic of study, and the reasons for wishing to attend the conference.



Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held at the Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AA on Tuesday, 16th September.  


The Guildhall is a prestigious historic building, with acres of oak and walnut panelling, marble floors and the city’s old courts and cells.  It houses a public collection that includes fine art, sculpture, furniture, the Hull Tapestry, and the Civic Insignia and silver.

The dinner will start at 7.00 pm (Reception Room) for 7.30 pm (Banqueting Hall), and coach transport will be available between Ferens Hall and the Guildhall.


In keeping with the wonderful environment of the Guildhall diners are encouraged to dress smartly.

The dress codes are below:
Conference Smart casual
Gala dinner Smart (no jeans, T-shirts, trainers, etc, please)



University accommodation:  Ferens Hall, The Lawns Hall of Residence, Cottingham, Hull HU16 5SE

Directions:  here


Accommodation may be booked at the university's hall of residence at the time of registration.   The Ferens Hall (M-block) of the Lawns Hall of Residence is about 2 miles away from the main campus in Cottingham, and bus travel to/from the conference centre and city centre is included in accommodation fee.  Bus passes will be issued on check-in at the Lawns, and must be handed in on check-out.  The bus stop is on the Lawns car park outside the centre building.


Each single bedded en-suite room has access to communal kitchen areas.   A virtual tour of the Lawns Hall of Residence may be found here.  No twin or double rooms are available.  Accommodation costs £35 per night, bed and breakfast basis.


A broad selection of alternative accommodation in Hull may be found on the "Visit Hull" website here.


Kingston-upon-Hull is well connected by rail to London, (2.5 hours), is served by ferry from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, and by Humberside Airport, which has at least three direct flights per day from the International Airport hub of Amsterdam.  Manchester International Airport is only a two-hour journey by a direct train route.


Buses:  Buses run between the Lawns Hall of Residence, the conference venue and the city centre approximately every 20 minutes.   For those staying at Ferens Hall, their bus passes may be used on any of these trips at no charge.


These bus passes also offer discounted travel on EYMS routes outside Cottingham and Hull so, for example, a trip to Beverley or York would qualify for a discounted rate only whilst staying at the Lawns.



The Business School, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX


Kingston-upon-Hull stands on the north bank of the Humber estuary at the mouth of its tributary, the River Hull.  It is close to the east coast of the United Kingdom, about 25 miles inland from the North Sea.  Established attractions include the historic Old Town, which was once the medieval hub of the city, where quaint old buildings and olde-world pubs have stood for years and the Museum Quarter, with four museums set around beautiful gardens. In addition, there is Hull Marina, which houses numerous yachts and small sailing craft and The Deep, a city landmark, where there are thousands of fish and sea creature on show. The redevelopment of one of Hull’s main thoroughfares, Ferensway, included the opening of St Stephan’s Hull and four theatres, including the new Hull Truck Theatre. Spectator sporting activities include professional football, Hull City AFC, (Premiership) and two rugby league clubs, Hull RLFC and Hull Kingston Rovers.  The KC Stadium houses the football club and one rugby club.


This friendly and vibrant city provides an excellent base for the conference and a showcase for the English East Riding, where it is hoped that delegates from outside the UK will continue to support this event and will thoroughly enjoy their stay in Kingston-upon-Hull. 


 Organising Committee 
Prof John PatrickUniversity of Nottingham(Conference Chairman)
Mr Kyle NicolIEA Clean Coal Centre(Committee Secretary)
Dr David  McCaffreyMcEnergy Consultancy(Conference Finance Officer)
Dr Meihong WangUniversity of Hull(Local Organiser and Programme Sub-Group Co-ordinator)
Dr Alan ThompsonConsultant(Programme Sub-Group)
Prof Ed LesterUniversity of Nottingham(Programme Sub-Group)
Prof Stephanie HaywoodUniversity of Hull(Sponsorship and Publicity Officer)
Mr Robert GhentDrax Power(Industrial Representative)
Mr Andrew FrenchScottish and Southern Energy(Industrial Representative)

Prof Paul Stewart

University of Hull

(Local Organiser)



Maggi Churchouse (Mrs), Maggi Churchouse Events

Address: 3 East Barn, Market Weston Road, Thelnetham, Diss IP22 1JJ, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1359 221004

E-mail: maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk


Registration is closed