“How the advanced structural characterisation of coal has benefited coal utilisation” was the subject of the Annual Coal Science lecture, delivered by Professor Colin Snape (University of Nottingham). Beautiful Monday evening in London at the Institute of Physics, and the Biomass & Fossil Fuel Research Alliance (BF2RA) was hosting its annual Coal Science lecture which is co-sponsored by the Clean Coal Centre and attended by a small group of the Centre’s technical authors. In a time when fracking and renewables seem to hog the headlines, it’s refreshing to see that there’s still science going on in the . . .