PreUfoCat update and a new book

pietro-torre-preufocat-appendice-2021-copertinaCISU research projects have always been conceived as a continuous work of collection, cataloguing and analysis. Such is PreUfoCat, i.e. the catalog of observations of aerial phenomena over Italy in past centuries) and its editor  Pietro Torre is constantly updating it.

In 2018 the third edition of “Strange Lights in Italian History” was published: a detailed collection of 3400 unusual aerial phenomena from Ancient Rome to 1899: more than 1000 pages with complete descriptions, bibliographic sources and evaluations.

Now he released a 40-pages booklet updating the catalogue with his hew findings in the last three years, adding new case histories and correcting  or integrating some already published. It is available in both digital and paper format, as a to supplement to the latest full edition (also available in both formats on the website www.upiar.com).

Another recent book on the same subject was published by regional writer and historian Eraldo Baldini: “What they were seeing in the sky” [subtitled “Comets,’prodigies’, flying objects in the chronicles and testimonies from Antiquity at the end of the 17th century (with particular regard to the Romagna and Emilian areas”], is a collection of celestial phenomena accompanied by a rich and detailed bibliography (174 pages,“Il Ponte Vecchio” Publishing Company, Cesena).

baldini-quel-che-vedevano-in-cieloVery interesting is the author’s approach in the book introduction: “It would perhaps be superficial to always and in any case liquidate the stories of some events such as fantasies, inventions and “editorial” operations: sometimes  reports of events considered as “prodigious” may in fact contain, in addition to inevitable hyperboles, misunderstandings, political and religious purposes and commercial intentions, also elements of “truth” and , albeit flavored by the wonder of pre-scientific thought, they may represent chronicles and testimonies born from something concrete”.
Baldini also underlines how a sort of barrier seems to exist between sometimes hyper-rationalist attitudes and, on the other hand, the more exotic and imaginative interpretations we are unfortunately used to. His conclusion is therefore that “A reasoned and critical mediation has always appeared difficult, even if it is impossible to think that the supporters of the most extreme UFO theories do not have reservations and doubts about the interpretation of many passages of the old texts, and at the same time that the more prepared and “orthodox” historians do not in turn prove, in some cases, doubts, and do not ask themselves questions in front of certain descriptions. (…) It would be in our opinion necessary and constructive re-read today those accounts of ancient “prodigies”, especially the heavenly ones, with a critical but open mind, without having married ideas and matured preconceived closures, with the always precious ability to ask questions”.
Those are highly acceptable considerations, which seem reflected the same assumptions in our own  way of dealing with this topic and in Pietro Torre’s whole work.

Ickinger, Jochen (Germany)

jochen_ickinger_nexworldJochen Ickinger, M.Eng, born in Heilbronn (Germany) in 1961, Master in geoinformation systems, degrees in business informatics and public administration. Working as an IT senior specialist on geo risk analysis, security data management and cyber threat intelligence. Formerly working as an investigator for the prosecution.

Investigating UFO phenomena since 1981. In the 80s active as case investigator for CENAP, co-editor of a UFO magazine and co-organiser of several conventions. Part of the delegation of critical German UFO researchers at the German ministry of defense (air force high command) in 1984.
Since the 90s primarily engagement in methodology of case investigations and witness interviews, reliability of eyewitness testimonies and perceptual psychology (considering forensic research). On this topics several lectures and publications in the scientific Zeitschrift für Anomalistik (Journal for Anomalistics) und the Journal for UFO-Research (Journal für UFO-Forschung), amongst others.

Member of the Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des UFO-Phänomens, GEP (Society for the Exploration of the UFO Phenomenon), Gesellschaft für Anomalistik, GfA (Society for Anomalistics) and Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften, GWUP (Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences).
Main activity since 2011 as co-responsible operator of the UFO information plattform ufoinfo.de, providing basic information around the UFO topic, UFO research, UFO stimuli, articles and studies as well as a weblog on current topics.

Advocate of a critical scientific methodologically sound study of the UFO phenomena and anomalistics in general.

E-mail: ickinger@ufo-information.de
https://ufoinfo.de
https://hs-anhalt.academia.edu/JochenIckinge

Magin, Ulrich (Germany)

Ulrich Magin, born 13 November 1962 in Germany, lives as an author and translator near Bonn.

Main interests are cryptozoology (mainly water monsters), all folklore associated with bodies of water, UFOs (especially historic reports, close encounter cases, and USOs), and alternative archaeology (esp. geomancy). He considers himself a fortean sceptic, and has been or is correspondent or columnist of major fortean magazines, such as Fortean Times, INFO Journal, Strange, Pursuit, Ley Hunter, CENAP Report and the Journal für UFO-Forschung.

He has published many articles, book chapters, and books on his research. Books include Kontakte mit Außerirdischen im deutschen Sprachraum (two editions), Von Ufos entführt, Trolle Yetis Tatzelwürmer, Geheimwissenschaft Geomantie, Ausflüge in die Anderswelt, Magischer Mittelrhein, Geheimnisse des Saarlandes, Pfälzer Mysterien, Magische Mosel, Der Tatzelwurm, Rätsel und Mysterien der Eifel and Der Ritt auf dem Kometen (a biography of Charles Fort).

Position Statement

I do not accept eyewitness reports as indicators of reality, I think they tell us more about human perception and its cultural reworking than strange phenomena – in short, I belong to the psychosocial school. Yet, as a fortean, I doubt any weltanschauung that is too self secure, and believe that even science can only approximate reality, but never grasp it.

Current research

Historic reports of forteana from Germany, continental European lake monsters, and UFO close encounter cases in Germany.

Delaere, Frederick (Belgium)

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Born in West-Flanders in 1981, DELAERE got interested in the UFO phenomenon at the age of 14 after having read the book “De UFO-Saga” by Julien WEVERBERGH.

 

 

From 1997 to 2003 he headed UFO-West, an organization that concentrated mainly on sightings from West-Flanders.

In 2007, together with Wim VAN UTRECHT, DELAERE founded the Belgisch UFO-meldpunt (www.ufomeldpunt.be). Its purpose was to investigate sighting reports from the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. DELAERE is in charge of the coordination of the reporting center, maintains its website, and is the point of contact for the media. The center tries to investigate reports in a critical way with the intention of explaining as many cases as possible. Investigative reports are compiled about the interesting cases, analysing the sighting in detail. Every year the Belgisch UFO-meldpunt publishes its annual report which has an overview of all the submitted observations and their explanations.

Besides numerous lectures about the UFO phenomenon, DELAERE wrote several articles on the subject, PDFs of which can be downloaded on the website of the Belgisch UFO-meldpunt.

In 2014 he wrote “UFO’s in België en Nederland”, a book published by Lannoo. DELAERE and VAN UTRECHT are currently preparing an informative book about UFOs for youngsters.

Website: www.ufomeldpunt.be
E-mail: info@ufomeldpunt.be

Mancusi, Bruno (Switzerland)

mancusi_brunoChemist graduated from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Born in Lausanne in 1960 and active in ufology since 1984, he is also interested in paranormal, history, espionage, conspiracies and urban legends. In 1987 he created a database of Swiss sightings: Registre des Observations d’Ovnis en Suisse (ROOS), which has now more than 1400 cases, but not updated after 2000.

From 1988 to 1995, he was member of the editorial boards of Ovni-Présence and Anomalies (France / Switzerland).

Main affiliations:

  • Member of the Association des Amis de la Maison d’Ailleurs (AMDA), since 1989 and member of the Maison d’Ailleurs museum board Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, since 2008.
  • Swiss correspondent for Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici (CISU), since 1992.
  • Member of the Sauvegarde et Conservation des Etudes et Archives Ufologiques (SCEAU), since 2003.
  • Swiss correspondent for Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), since 2003.

Publications: articles mainly in Ovni-Présence, Anomalies, Il Giornale dei Misteri and La Gazette des Mousquetaires de l’Ufo; co-author of OVNI : vers une anthropologie d’un mythe contemporain (editor: Thierry Pinvidic), Heimdal, Bayeux (France) 1993. Online papers: Academia

Bruno Mancusi
Route d’Echallens 10
CH-1530 Payerne
Switzerland
swissufo@swissufo.ch

Munsch, Gilles (France)

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Born in 09/1954.
Educat
ion: Mechanical engineer
Career (retired): Professor of Mechanical Engineering -Trainer

Vosges (88) East of France

 

Active in ufology since 1978.

  • Cercle Vosgien Lumières dans la Nuit (CVLDLN) – 1979-1995 (President).
  • Comité Nord-Est des Groupes Ufologiques (CNEGU) – Since 1979.
  • Sauvegarde Conservation des Études et Archives Ufologiques (SCEAU-Archives Ovnis) – Since 1990 (Co-founding member)
  • Member of the VECA Group (Crop Circle) and author of the VECA Report.
  • Geipan Expert and Investigator – Since 2008.

Main activities: investigation and expertise, research & archive preservation.

Other interests: astronomy (since 1974), meteorites (since 2003).

Chabin, Laurent (France)

Laurent Chabin was born in 1968 in the suburbs of Paris.

Was drawn into the field indirectly because of the “1997 Phoenix Lights” case in 2007.

Electrical Engineer, currently developing the hardware of an untethered head mounted display for augmented reality as a full time job.

He sees what such a tool can bring during field investigations for the problem of the estimation of the angular sizes by the witnesses.

He has and will make use of this type of product in field investigations from 2021 on. A sort of SimOVNI of the 21th century.

Field investigator in need of the best set of research articles relevant to the discipline.

Member of SCEAU/Archive OVNI, he worked on open sourced tools helping the automation of conversion of scans into ocred pdfs. Made a little study for SCEAU listing a set of recommendations for the long term storage of files and choice of file formats. He developed a basic and now online full text search tool for FSR, LDLN and Inforespace.

contact is possible thru the euroufo maling list.

Deliyannis,Yannis (France)

img-20200819-wa0008Yannis Deliyannis was born in 1973 and currently lives in Orange, France.

After graduating in Archaeology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1998, he took part in various field work in France, Greece and Turkey. He worked at the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève and the Bibliothèque universitaire des Langues Orientales in Paris where he participated in the development of a digital database of rare manuscripts.

In 2001, he took part in the creation of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris.

He developed a strong interest for the study of celestial phenomena in both ancient and medieval sources, actively contributing to the Magonia Exchange project.

He collaborated strongly with both Chris Aubeck and Jacques Vallée, most notably during the writing of their collaborative book, Wonders in the Sky.

He is also a supporter of the SCEAU project.

Van Assche, Daniel (Belgium)

dvapicture6778Belgian and born in 1971. He obtained a Master in Political Science (International Relations), a Diploma in Asian Studies and a Diploma in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve. After university, he worked on a development project in Central Africa. Since 2001, he joined an international organisation and works in international policies, currently on environmental governance.

 

Interested in ufology since adolescence, it is mainly the interdisciplinary aspect that motivates him to better understand it. Daniel joined COBEPS in 2008 with a view to actively grasp what the UFO phenomenon is about, going beyond the reading of general books. He has carried out about ten investigations and this fieldwork is essential for him to understand the complexity of the UFO phenomenon. For him, meeting with the witnesses is an essential step to understand an observation and to deepen the elements, which cannot show through a few lines of a report.

Daniel has no belief and wishes to remain without a priori as to the origin and explanation of the UFO phenomenon.

Email: danielkun2002@hotmail.com

Wattecamps, Jean-Marc (Belgium)

portrait2020Born in 1965, Jean-Marc has been interested in the question of UFOs since teenage. He has Masters degrees in Geology, Environmental Sciences and school teaching qualification for Geography. He is currently teacher of Geography, Earth Sciences and Environment in secondary and higher schools. He has long been an activist and manager of two Belgian NGOs for awareness, training and education on environmental issues.

Jean-Marc has basically a profile of field investigator. His first investigations were carried out in the early 1990s within the Sobeps during the Belgian Wave. Thanks his education, the surveys are precise and detailed.

In 2008, he joined Patrick Ferryn, Léon Brenig, Auguste Meessen and some other former members of SOBEPS and participates to the COBEPS. He joins the group that updates the investigations methods and is then in charge of the coordination of the network of investigators.

Open to all aspects of the phenomenon, trained in cognitive interviewing, Jean-Marc has worked to make the investigation and their management more efficient from all points of view. He is particularly interested in angle determinations and their evaluation by eyewitnesses. He also seeks to take advantage of the new resources provided by the Internet for the identification of sightings. In the framework of the COBEPS special study: the complete re-examination of the first day of the Belgian wave (29/11/1989), he is interested in the evaluation of distances using a fuzzy logic model, the automatic classification between IFO and UFO by Machine Learning and the spatial analysis of observations.

Aware of the biases induced by the investigators themselves, of the importance of relationship with witnesses or with other researchers, methodology oriented, Jean-Marc has a socio-constructivist vision of Science. His concrete approach is action research. The researcher/investigator acts in the field of ufology looking collaborations, interdisciplinarity and trying to maintain a great rigor brought by empirical natural sciences.

Several of his investigations and publications are available on the cobeps.org website or in the Academia and ResearchGate profiles.

E-mail: jm.wattecamps@cobeps.org