It is in order to prevent this sterilization of research and to publicize the results of scientific investigation that the Dominion-Provincial coal research conferences and the coal research committee were set up in 1948. The committee is charged with the task of maintaining proper liaison between the various Canadian agencies engaged in coal research; and the primary function of the annual research conference is to inform coal operators and others interested in the economic exploitation of coal of what is being done to provide new scientific and technical formations for the industry. A second function, and one whose importance us perhaps still not fully realized, is to enable the researcher to obtain the coal operator's reaction to current research and to gather from him suggestions about spheres in which an expanded research effort is required.

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Lang, W.A., Whittaker, W.C., Mifflen, S.C., Goudge, M.G., Ignatieff, A. and Uren, W.E. (1957): Proceedings: Ninth Annual Dominion-Provincial Coal Research Conference, August 30 - September 1, 1957; Research Council of Alberta, RCA/AGS Information Series 24, 125 p.