Baure, Jean-François (France)

Born in 1970, he’s a generalist engineer with a specialisation in electronics & signal processing (after Maths Sup and Maths Spe).
He worked nearly 10 years for the D.G.A. (French weapon procurement agency). After a Master 2R in applied mathematics, he’s now a teacher in mathematics.

In the meantime, he has been scientific coordinator of UFOCOM web site for a few years, trying to gather scientific expertise from different fields (astrophysics, biochemistry, aerospace, digital processing of images/video, …) to be in position to study any material made available to the UFOCOM. His main interest was the Belgian UFO flap that began in the late 80s early 90s. He studied some of the F16 radar lock on data provided by A. Meessen.

He published a recent work with Martin Shough, David Clarke, Paul Fuller and others about a strange aerial luminous phenomenon observed by pilot(s) above the Channel Islands.

He has always been strongly attracted to the idea that life is blooming throughout the universe, and he’s inclined to wonder whether advanced life forms could be visiting/studying/monitoring the homo sapiens evolution and his long march towards the stars. Consequently, he’s interested in all the ways to bring the available UFO related field data to science, even if it is very challenging to work on this collected data, sometimes very sparse, and if in the end, it remains hazardous to discriminate between phenomena originating from earth and phenomena extraterrestrial in nature. He has the longlasting feeling that one must cross many science fields (combining “hard sciences” and social or human psychology, cognitive sciences,…) to properly approach the UFO phenomena.

He’s admirative of the science camps of the Hessdalen project, and of any attempt to make experimental science (gathering ad hoc sensors) on a set of rare phenomena. He’s also curious to see whether the Internet promises (collective intelligence, team working, data-mining, …) combined to all the new mobile technology (imaging, geolocalizing,….) will help the study the UFO phenomena.

E-mail: jeffbaure@gmail.com

SOBEPS

Société Belge d’Etudes des Phénomènes Spatiaux

SOBEPS (Belgian Society for the Study of Space Phenomena) is a non-profit organization, published in the Annex to the “Moniteur Belge”, dated May 20th 1971. The organization’s purpose is to rationally study unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and issues related thereto. Based solely on volunteering, our endeavour includes investigations of witness testimonies, and an unprejudiced dissipation of the gathered information. Among its membership, SOBEPS counts specialists from universitarian, scientific, educational, financial and media sources.

SOBEPS wishes to contribute to the objective study of the UFO phenomenon, excluding any confessional, philosophical or political choices or a priori hypotheses. Our research approach is scientific and based on collecting and analyzing the best possible facts that are trustworthy, and on the constant monitoring of gathered results. In order to achieve this, we have put in place and coordinate the following activities:

  • amass information on the UFO phenomenon through witnesses and other instances implicated in the event;
  • performance of in-the-field investigations;
  • verification of information, criticizing it according to the scientific method and the definition of observational analytical criteria;
  • organization of detection and measurement activities of the physical criteria of the phenomenon;
  • analysis of thus gathered information in collaboration with specialized labs;
  • diffusion of gathered information and research results out to the public as well as to officially responsible circles (political, military and scientific authorities);
  • organization of national and international meetings on the UFO problem in order to promote the objective and efficient research on the subject.

Since its foundation in 1971, SOBEPS has always advocated a scientific approach of the UFO problem. During these past years, it has progressively reinforced the rigor of its enterprise, particularly since the famous UFO-wave over Belgium (Autumn 1989-Spring 1991).

Indeed, confronted with such an overwhelming amount of information, SOBEPS has felt the need for a prudent study that is in-the-field and devoid of preconceived ideas, and for the use of scientific instruments in order to gather objective and analytical data that go deeper than human testimonies.

Simultaneously, this wave of 1989-91 – closely observed aerial phenomena that had all the characteristics of objects moving at low altitude over populated areas – has inclined SOBEPS to regard information by neutral citizens as an essential foundation of democracy. In short, SOBEPS considers it its duty to unite and divulge the most objective knowledge on the UFO phenomenon.

Thanks to its acquired notoriety, SOBEPS has made itself heard within multiple official bodies, and has rendered more credible the scientific study of the UFO phenomenon. Within the framework of an agreeing protocol between Federal Police and SOBEPS, all testimonies of unidentified aerial phenomena are immediately transmitted by fax to the SOBEPS headquarter. A standard questionnaire is provided for this. Other particular disposals are provided for those significant cases that may need special requirements.

The wave has also allowed collaboration with the Belgian Air Force. The Air Force has weighed on a number of issues:

  • “Operation Identification” with the help of the national Ministers of Defence, Communication and Domestic Affairs: the organization of four nights of observation at a national level, with the assistance of the Federal Police and logistics from the Air Force, with two military air planes for reconnaissance and the use of civilian airport centers at Bierset;
  • the publication of a preliminary report redacted by the military after unidentified radar echoes were recorded while UFOs were being noticed, in the night of March 30 and 31, 1990 (Walloon Brabant);
  • the collaboration of SOBEPS in the analysis of the (radar-)video studied at the Center of Electronic Warfare of the Belgian Air Force.

Also, SOBEPS has enjoyed the help of several experts. This was the case for the analysis of a photographic document, in the lab of the Chair of Electricity at the Royal Military Academy (Brussels), as well as in the photographic department of the ‘Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique’ (IRPA). This collaboration with scientific organizations is continuing, as SOBEPS is surrounded by a certain number of scientific advisors who are collaborating practically in the development and control of its activities. Among the most active are:

  • Auguste MEESSEN, professor emeritus at the Catholic University of Louvain, theoretical and quantum physicist.
  • Léon BRENIG, operating chief at the Free University of Brussels, theoretical physicist (former assistant to Professor Ilya Prigogine).
  • Claude GILLET, professor at the Universitarian Faculties of Namur, vegetal biologist.
  • Jean-Pierre AUQUIERE, Catholic University of Louvain, medicinal and pharmaceutical botanist.
  • Michel BOUGARD, University of Mons-Hainaut, chemistry and history of science.

Since January 1972, SOBEPS publishes the magazine Inforespace (next issue # 111 to appear in December 2005). It has several other publications listed, with two main reports (500 pages each) on the Belgian wave of 1989-91: Vague d’OVNI sur la Belgique. Vol. 1. Un dossier exceptionnel et Vague d’OVNI sur la Belgique. Vol. 2. Une énigme non résolue (in French only).

Our address: SOBEPS

Avenue Paul Janson, 74

B-1070 Brussels (Belgium).

Ailleris, Philippe (Netherlands)

Ailleris, Philippe (Netherland)Philippe Ailleris is  a Project Controller at the Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (where he’s been since 20 years), in the Netherlands.

His fascination with astronomy and space exploration led to his employment in the space sector, and interests in exobiology and UFOs.

In 2009 and under the framework of the International Year of Astronomy, he launch ed the UAP Observations Reporting Scheme Project (www.uapreporting.org), aimed at astronomers and providing a venue for reporting unexplained sightings. He participated to Astronomical conferences for further advertising the project

All relevant document concerning UFO & astronomers is of interest to him.

In addition to that project, he’s particularly interested in :
– UAP instrumented field studies (including the Hessdalen Phenomena)
– Political, sociological and philosophical aspects of the UAP topic and the search for extraterrestrial life.
– Theological implications of the discovery of intelligent extra-terrestrial life forms.

e-mail: uapreport@www.uapreporting.org

Fuller, Paul (United Kingdom)

Fuller, Paul (United Kingdom)Paul Fuller (born in 1960) joined BUFORA in 1980, becoming a member of the National Investigations Committee. He investigated cases in Hampshire in the south of England, most notably the Ventnor, Isle of Wight 1985 case (suspected RPV) and Staple Gardens case (mini Ball Lightning).
He played a key role in BUFORA’s crop circle research, beginning with “Mystery of the Circles” (1986) and “Controversy of the Circles” (1989). Both reports contained evidence of media hoaxing, possible hoaxing methods, eye witness testimony of meteorological effects producing circles and historical cases. Suspected that whilst some circles were man-made many might be meteorological events which could possibly explain some UFO cases. Author with Jenny Randles of “Crop Circles, A Mystery Solved” (1990, 1993), Paul has been editing the quarterly Crop Watcher between .
He researched Ray Santilli’s alien autopsy films with various colleagues, concluding that they were hoaxes. Subsequently joined the UFO Investigations Network (mark 2!). Currently working on the life story of John Rand Capron, a “grand amateur” scientist who researched crop circles in 1880.
Paul Fuller works in local government as a statistician.

SCEAU

Sauvegarde et Conservation des Etudes et Archives Ufologiques

The French Association for the preservation of the UFO Archives

SCEAU is the French acronym for “Preservation and conservation of ufological studies and archives”. Our association, of which all collaborators are voluntary, has the legal status of a non-profit organization. It aims at the long-term preservation of the ufological heritage, that is all books, magazines, letters, investigation reports, newspaper clippings and any other documents (written, audiovisual or electronic) related to UFO research. SCEAU was founded in 1990, in consideration of the sorry fact that, too often, when someone who was engaged in studying these phenomena deceases or ceases being interested, or when a UFO group is disbanded, the perhaps very important documents he/she/it possessed are dispersed, disappear or even are destroyed by heirs…

SCEAU therefore undertook to contact all the persons and groups known to us as interested in UFOs or related phenomena in France and proposed them an “archives transfer contract”. Under this contract, the donor transfers all or part of his/her archives to SCEAU at the time he/she chooses, either immediately or later or after his/her death, and defines the consultation conditions. Some people answer us that they have few interesting documents, but our experience of archives recovery shows us that even people who say this always have some important documents, including books we did not yet have.

After classification and detailed inventory of recovered documents, SCEAU puts them in the French Public Records network (National Archives in Paris and departmental – i.e. local – archives), where everyone has access to the documents, at conditions set by French Law on Archives (notably for protecting privacy) or at more restrictive conditions if so desired by the donor. As for books and magazines, that the Public Records are not legally bound to accept, they are deposited in public libraries. A great library in the east of France was given by SCEAU an important collection of several hundred books and magazines on UFOs and related topics, and 120 UFO books have recently been deposited in a university library. A third deposit of UFO books is planned, probably in Belgium, and all these “SCEAU libraries” will be gradually augmented with other books newly acquired by SCEAU. For all deposits, a contact is signed with the archives centre or the library, ensuring the durability of the deposit and defining the consultation conditions.

SCEAU intends to be a mere intermediary between the donor and the archives centre or the library. Its code of ethics, inscribed in its statutes, prescribes it to strictly respect the donor’s will and to keep for itself no original document. Another rule adopted by SCEAU, which has no official position about what UFOs are (its members’ opinions are diverse), is to discard not any document, however futile it may seem. Indeed, for so ill-understood phenomena as UFOs, it appears impossible to foresee what future searchers, who we preserve these documents for, may consider important. Anyway, even if some ufological claims should appear ill-founded in the future, related documents will be useful to sociologists for studying beliefs of our time. Preserved documents may therefore be useful in any case, be it to physical scientists or to social scientists.

We also play an awareness-raising role in the ufological community concerning preservation of its heritage. Experience it has acquired allows SCEAU to act as an adviser to any searcher wondering about long-term preservation of his/her ufological works and documents. Our association publishes a yearly bulletin giving the complete inventory of archives preserved during the year. SCEAU has established links with the SHG (Sign Historical Group: www.project1947.com/shg) and the AFU (Archives for UFO Research Foundation: www.afu.info), that pursue similar aims in USA and Sweden, and maintains contacts with foreign searchers, notably in Belgium, Italy and Switzerland.

Paper mail address: SCEAU/Archives OVNI

B.P. 19

F 91801 BRUNOY CEDEX

France

E-mail address:          sceauarchivovni@yahoo.fr

Borg, Björn (Finland)

Borg, Björn (Finland)Born 1945 in Helsinki, Finland. Married with one daughter.
Education: Dipl. ekon 1969 (Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics) from the Svenska Handelshögskolan in Helsinki.
Lives in an apartement in Helsinki wintertimes, and in an old summerhouse in the Aland Islands (situated between Finland and Sweden) summertimes.

Some jobs and hobbies:
-One year as photoeditor at Lehtikuva Oy (Sanoma Oy), Scandinavia’s biggest newspaper company.
-For 12 years chief of auditors at the Board of Customs (Excises and Company revenues).
-For 30 years owner and CEO of Borgship, a shipbroking company dealing with small vessels in Finland. Only Finnish vessels, not to conflict with interests of the Board of Customs.
-For 4 years shipowner of an oceangoing cargoship.
-Published 5 books about Finnish cargo and navy ships (The ‘ Laivastokalenteri’ books).
-For 20 years (1960’s and 1970’s) maritime correspondent for Jane’s Fighting Ships in London with the Soviet Navy as speciality.
-Inventor and always interested in big machines and therefore also interested in UFOs.

Ufological committments:
-Finnish coordinator for Olmos’ FOTOCAT since 2007.
-Member of FUFORA – the Finnish national UFO organization – and voted its Chairman since 2009. He’s currently acting as Chief of Investigations as well.
-The Finnish TV-Channel FST5 has been filming him now for 3 years for a documentary about him and his organization FUFORA. The documentary will air in 2012.
-Numerous interviews for different newspapers and radiostations, the latest of which has been published on 28/12/2011 by the newspapers Helsingin Uutiset, Länsiväylä, Vantaan Sanomat and Kiuruveden Lehti, while the following day he was interviewed by the radio station Radio Nostalgia in Helsinki.

For a list of his ten UFO books, see Björn Borg’s Bibliography

E-mail: b.borg@kolumbus.fi
Address:
Somerovagen 8 L 118
00550 Helsinki
Finland

Magin, Ulrich (Germany)

Ulrich Magin, born 13 November 1962 in Germany, works as a book editor in Stuttgart. Main intertests are cryptozoology (mainly water
monsters), all folklore assiciated with bodies of water, UFOs (especially historic reports, close encounter cases, and USOs), alternative archaeology (esp. geomancy). He considers himself a fortean sceptic, and has been or is correspondent to major fortean and sceptic magazines, such as Fortean Times, INFO Journal, Strange, Pursuit, Ley Hunter, CENAP Report, Journal für UFO-Forschung, and Der Skeptiker.
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 Yetris Tatzelwürmer, Geheimwissenschaft Geomantie, Ausflüge in die Anderswelt, and Der Ritt auf dem Kometen (a biography of Charles Fort).
In April 2008, his first suspense novel, Der Fisch, has been published; his book on Italian lake monsters was also published that year.

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 am of the psychosocial school. Yet, as a fortean, I doubt any weltanschauung that is to self secure, and believe that even science can only approximate reality, but never grasp it. I can also be more than annoyed by reading believer’s books about monsters, UFOs, or abductions.

Current research: ongoing, since 2002, an in-depth research about monster reports from northern Italian lakes; USO reports from Germany.

Ammon, Denny (Germany)

Born in 1979, married, one son, lives in Zella-Mehlis. Graduated in computer sciences and is currently scientific coworker and doctorand in medical informatics.

Passively interested in UFOs and other potentially anomalous phenomena since the time of the German reunification, he became an active member of the German UFO research groups GEP and DEGUFO in 2003. Also in 2003, he
became member of the German Society for Anomalistics (Gesellschaft für Anomalistik, GfA), its objectives comparable to those of the American Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE).

Danny Ammon is currently associate director of the GfA study-group “UFOs” and board member of the GEP. His publications appeared in the GfA journal Zeitschrift für Anomalistik as well as in the GEP Journal for UFO-Research (Journal für UFO-Forschung, JUFOF).
Since 2006, he is also chief editor and designer of the JUFOF.

Ammon’s research interests concentrate on one hand on theoretical aspects of the UFO phenomenon and specifically of UFO research; on the other hand he is interested in all facets of the so-called alien abduction phenomenon.

He would exemplify an attitude towards the topic which seems desirable to him (and which he strives for, too) by an expression of Thomas S. Kuhn, who called a necessary attribute of a productive scientist “the essential tension”.
Therein lies not only the ability to, at first, bear up the fundamental uncertainty which characterizes para-sciences as well as supposed crises of the normal sciences, but then also the display of both traditionalist and innovative characteristics in treating supposed anomalies, combined with a promotive choice between them.

Contact: Danny Ammon, Kleine Bahnhofstr. 15a, 98544 Zella-Mehlis, Germany

E-mail: DannyAmmon{at}gmx.net

Platov, Yulii (Russia)

Platov, Yulii (Russia)Born 19th September 1943 in Russia. Yulii Platov studied in Moscow Physical-Technical Institute from 1960 to 1966. He continued his postgraduate training at the same institute, studying Plasma Physics until 1968. He was doctorate of Physical-Mathematical Sciences in 1972. Now, he is Leading Research Scientist at the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation, Russia.

The fields of his scientific interest are: solar physics, physics of the upper atmosphere, optical atmosphere phenomena, spectroscopy.

Yu.Platov has published more than 80 scientific papers with about 20 concerning the physics of paranormal phenomena, with one monograph entitled The UFO and Contemporary Science.

Boitte, Franck (France)

F. Boitte was born January 10, 1940 in Brussels (Belgium).

During the 1954 belgian Ufo-wave, he discovers Aimé Michel in articles in Moustique Magazine (now TV Moustique) which lead him to found an “Investigations Ufo Study Committee” of which he is the sole member. Acting as the president, secretary and archivist, he collects clippings and exchanges letters with some of the time authored early ufologists such as Marc Thirouin.

In 1963, he meets P. Morlet, son of Ms. May Morlet, founder of BUFOI and on May 23, 1963 acquaints with George Adamski at a private meeting. He becomes quickly disappointed by the cultist atmosphere pervading the group and the lack of actual on-the-field investigations.

That same year he obtains a degree in Business Engineering at the Solvay High Business School of the University of Brussels and after the death of his father (1966), rules the family’s independent chartered accountant company.

In 1972, Boitte joins SOBEPS. Shortly after, and despite the offer made to him to collaborate to the construction of a computer cases data-base, he prefers to join the inquiry team, ruled by J.L. Vertongen, which leads him to interview and meet more than 250 witnesses during the next 20 years.
During this period, he does and files up SOBEPS archives with 84 Belgian Ufo investigation reports and a few additional ones abroad (France).

In 1975 he becomes a Computing Project Manager for a German multinational company to carry out programming computer management projects. In 1976, he gets an after-hour Bachelor of Science Management Diploma at the Saint Louis High Business Institute in Brussels.

In 1987 French ufologist Jean-Pierre Troadec let him consult his file of “Contactees/RR4 Reports”, which allows him to know and meet the woman that one year later will become his companion and on June 15, 2002, his 2nd wife.

In 1989 the Belgian wave begins, during which Boitte interviewssd dozens of witnesses and files up about 30 investigations reports. In 1992, he migrates to France where he is now living.

During the 5th Ufologic Gatherings held in Lyon (18 to 20th May 1991), and notwithstanding the opposition of the copyrighter of the picture, he exposes the state of current research and first analysis conclusions of the Petit-Rechain photograph, placing himself in favour of its authenticity.

In 2002 he becomes a member of the (skeptic) PARA Committee (Belgium) and SCEAU.

See Franck Boitte’s bibliography.

e-mail: franckboitte@orange.fr