Last week the Coal Research Forum held their 11th European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications (ECCRIA) at the University of Sheffield. I attended with IEA CCC colleagues Ian Reid and Maggie Wiatros-Motyka, who has also been involved in the organisation of the event. Sheffield was a fitting venue, as it provided an opportunity to visit the nearby ‘PACT’ research facility, shared by several universities under the banner of the UK CCS Research Centre. Housing several combustion and CO2 capture pilots, this site was recently chosen to be the new host for the International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF . . .