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).


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: and the AFU (Archives for UFO Research Foundation:, 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



E-mail address:



During the summer of 1946, the press started reporting sightings of “ghost rockets”. Hundreds of people all over Scandinavia saw these phenomena, which have not yet been studied in detail by researchers. Press coverage of UFO-sightings was high in 1947, and the first books about “Flying Saucers” appeared 1954.

The first UFO-groups started to form at about the same time. Small groups existed in several of Norway’s largest cities during the 1950s and 1960s. None of these were particularly interested in scientific aspects, most were convinced that the aliens were already here.

In 1972, these small groups formed a national organization called Norsk UFO Center – NUFOC. In 1980 NUFOC changed it’s name to UFO-NORGE. During the 1970s and 1980s NUFOC/UFO-NORGE gradually became more sensible and less secteric. Today, UFO-NORGE represents a serious and common-sense approach to UFO phenomena.


1) The objectives of UFO-NORGE are to research and identify reports of UFO phenomena through gathering and investigating sighting accounts, as well as inform the public through our quarterly journal.

2) UFO-NORGE aims to collect, process and study all available information on UFOs in Norway.

3) UFO-NORGE strives for the use of scientific principles and methods in its investigation.

4) UFO-NORGE is open to any and all hypothesis and theories which may represent possible solutions to the UFO enigma, and will not attribute unidentified reports to any particular theory.


Today, the word “UFO” is accepted as a proper noun.

UFO-NORGE has defined the term UFO as: a reported phenomenon in the sky, in the airspace, or on the ground, with the key characteristics of being and remaining unidentified even after being investigated by competent researchers.


UFO-NORGE is an organization managed by a board of directors (“Styret”), 3 persons (“styreformann” + 2 x “styremedlem”), which irregularly get together.

Each year the board of directors and an additional 6 people, which hold various functions within the organization, meet and discuss/decide the larger issues of organization direction and guidelines.

All activities are carried out on an unpaid, spare time basis.


As part of the investigation of reports, a paper report form is used. In addition we have a webbased report form. Since 1972, UFO-NORGE has investigated and collected more than 4,000 reports, of which a significant part has turned out to be known (mis-)identified phenomena.

Today the percentage of explained sightings is between 80% and 95%. The remaining 5-20% cannot be explained and are archived as UFO reports.

Earlier the IFO reports were not saved for posterity, but today they are (since 1995).

UFO-NORGE is in the process of scanning all our report material.

UFO-NORGE – Karl Staaffsvei 70 – N-0665 Oslo – NORWAY /

UFO Sverige

UFO-Sweden was founded in 1970 as a center point for many smaller groups all around the country. Since 1980 UFO-Sweden chose to work along a scientific oriented way careful not to lean towards any particular hypothesis. Every year between 350 and 550 cases are reported to the organization.

UFO-Sweden has a mutual exchange of information with the Swedish Defence Institute on a regular basis and plans to use the same database for filing all investigations are discussed. The organization does also have very good contact with scientists from a broad variety of disciplines.

Today the organization consists of 25 local UFOgroups scattered all over Sweden, with 800 members. All UFO investigations are co-ordinated by a director of investigations and 100+ field researchers. Their works are later evaluated by three groups of experienced investigators. Every year, since the middle of the 70’s, a field trainee course is held for new trainees and a step two course for old timers.

All reports does finally end up in Archives for UFO Research which probably the worlds largest archives with UFO-oriented material, i.e. books, periodicals, correspondence, videos, pictures, newspaper clippings and some 17.000 case studies from Sweden, Norway and Denmark [] The archives are situated at Archives for UFO Research in  Norrkoping.

UFO-Sweden publishes two magazines, glossy UFO Aktuellt for a broader public (1.200 copies four times a year) and Rapport-Nytt (300 copies five times a year) for our own investigators. A Swedish [] home page is maintained since 1996 with several thousand visitors every week. A smaller English section can be find at the same address.

Address: UFO-SVERIGE – Box 175 – S-73323 Sala, Sweden


Archives for UFO Research: Personal recollections of preserving the history and folklore of UFO’s

by Anders Liljegren

Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have existed as a widespread international, social phenomenon for almost fifty years. On national or regional levels, sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena certainly have existed for thousands of years. The folklore of signs and portents in the sky is enormous. Sweden, as one of the globe’s several hundred nations, has a long and detailed history of involvement with UFO-type phenomena, official/military as well as civilian/idealistic.

Archives for UFO research (AFU) has chosen as its main objective to document and preserve the history of UFO research and ufology, particularly the Swedish and Scandinavian part of that history. This article details personal insights from ‘the AFU project’ since the start, twenty-two years ago. No doubt AFU is now one of the largest repositories for UFO data in the world. It is financed not by membership fees but by engaged and supporting sponsors. It is one of the world’s few UFO resource and research centers with daily opening hours and a knowledgeable staff. Maybe AFU could be a model for similar national or regional archives, libraries and research/info centers around the globe?

Archives for UFO research started as an idea in 1973. Then named simply ‘Arbetsgruppen för ufologi’  (The study group for ufology), it’s origin was a common occurrence in ufology: three people – Håkan Blomqvist, Kjell Jonsson and the author – who broke out of a larger group discontented with the ideology and public image of that group. UFO-Sweden, the large group in question, had been founded in 1970 by enthusiast Carl-Axel Jonzon to unite and coordinate the work of local Swedish UFO groups. After three years of work for UFO-Sweden, the three of us felt that research, which was our main interest, was of secondary importance in the UFO-Sweden scheme. Instead UFO-Sweden, and in particular its founder/chairman, made a priority of public opinion-making (often with ill-founded, even esoteric, data), and Keyhoe-style political fighting against non-understanding military investigators (believed to be administering a non-proven government ‘cover-up’).

The feeling in our small group was that UFO research could only be promoted by learning and knowing the facts, if there were any..? Of course, one man’s fact is often another man’s non-fact, but generally we were striving for a more intellectual research climate, based on the scientific method. Particularly, we wanted to separate the subject from the occult and contactee-oriented philosophy that so permeated Swedish ufology (here often called ‘ifology’, because the objects under study were ‘proven’ to be interplanetary )… Our ‘enemies’ – you soon find you have ‘enemies’ if you declare a firm non-New Age opinion – regarded us as unrealistic book-worms. Maybe so. Time has proven, however, that our line of thought had the power to make our interest in UFO’s survive while many of our adversaries sooner or later grew tired of ufology or went missing in the fogs of the New Age.

Phase one: the library

Anyway, ‘finding the facts’ wasn’t easy. Where go to? Edista, a Stockholm book shop owned by Bertil Kuhlemann, who imported Anglo-American books, became one of our main information sources. Considerable parts of my modest salary as a young computer programmer, and my two AFU colleagues pay as librarians, were spent on books and magazine subscriptions. Despite this, large parts of the literature was unavailable to us and to many of our colleagues.

The Danish UFO Center created by Willy Wegner was a model to us. Wegner was augmenting a central library collection of UFO and “off-beat literature”. We wanted, however, a more open attitude towards our colleagues; a collection that was openly available to others on a somewhat broader scale.

Establishing a postal lending library for UFO literature soon became our main project. In particular, it was Kjell Jonsson’s idea. From 1975 people anywhere in Sweden could join AFU, pay a small annual fee, and borrow books via the postal service. Our theory was that newcomers should have a much better (and cheaper!) chance to learn the basics. We started with 350 books in Kjell’s small one-room apartment, a majority of which were donated by Stockholm ufologist Lennart Johansson.

Soon the project grew and Kjell filled his closets and his basement store. Each year several hundred books were dispatched to near and far off places all over our country. Believe it or not, most of them were returned! Our newsletters and library lists were mailed to slightly less than one hundred supporters. The operation ran on a shoe-string budget with materials donated by ourselves or by kind colleagues. A few years later, in 1977, Kjell graduated from the library high school with the masterpiece of his life: a 144-page bibliography of Swedish UFO literature, reprinted and published by AFU in 1978.

My own interest in UFOs had returned in 1976 after a short period of not even wanting to hear a certain three-letter acronym. Recovering from ‘years of denial’, and reshaped into an even more skeptical ufologist I took over from Håkan Blomqvist as editor of the AFU Newsletter (from 1979 published in English). I threw myself into the study of the released Swedish government archives on the 1930s ghost flier wave at the Stockholm War Archives. I also located and published the newsfile of TT (the Swedish news agency) on the 1946 ghost rockets wave. If people only had an inkling of all the interesting things hidden at our public archives…

The years 1978 and -79 I spent on other large projects which were educational: a statistical study of 602 Swedish high-strangeness reports and the coding of 1.000 Swedish cases into CUFOS’ database UFOCAT. This work helped to further cement my ideas in the UFO field. Ufology should be built on large files of well-researched facts, not on rumors and belief in heavenly saviors. I despised the rumor mongers and published hard-hitting, critical reviews of some Swedish books of such tendency.

Phase two: a new home for the library

1979-80 was an important period of transition for AFU. Phase two started. Kjell Jonsson grew tired of endless hours of managing our lending library. He suffered hard from asthma. (Unfortunately, his short life ended in an asthma attack in 1986).

The responsibility for the collection transferred to myself and to Sven-Olov Svensson, one of the most frequent users of the library. The library (by now more than 800 titles) moved 130 kilometers to Norrkoping and into a 38 square-meter basement locality which several people had keys to, and shared the costs for. Now, AFU transformed into a foundation with a small board of directors and, finally, the meaning of the “AFU” acronym was changed to Arkivet för UFO-forskning (Archives for UFO Research) to mark the broadening of our scope from being a pure library to becoming an archive and library.

Since we had now underlined the archives aspect of our work, our new direction started a landslide of donated and deposited materials, not only books and magazines. An increasing percentage of English material in the AFU Newsletter stimulated many international contacts. A steady flow of exchange publications has made the collection of ‘serial publications’ on the UFO subject one of the most extensive in the world.

The Rehn donation

Swedish veteran ufologist and UFO book author K.Gösta Rehn was walking into an age of darkness, slowly becoming a blind man (an awful fate for an intellectual, educated man!). In 1978 he donated large parts of his book collection to us. Eleven years later, shortly after Rehn’s death, Håkan Blomqvist and I found thirty-two binders of correspondence and working papers in a garbage room behind his former home. If we had come one or two days later the papers would have vanished forever, marooned on a Stockholm garbage dump!

Rehn’s correspondence files were of no interest to his daughter, thus it couldn’t be of interest to anyone else… This attitude towards the preservation of history is something every archivist knows about and learns to expect. Yet, every time it happens you are dumbfounded. How many similar, invaluable ‘interest collections’ are lost each year, every week? The Rehn case was a lesson to us: Never be shy to ask for a possible donation and do it now, don’t wait until tomorrow! We even designed a special will form for potential future donors.

Rehn maintained a lively world-wide correspondence with most of ufology’s bright stars: from James McDonald to Philip Klass. He was APRO’s Swedish representative since 1959 and a close friend of the Lorenzens, who even paid for the ticket to  visit them at their home and offices in the US. His very personal correspondence with Coral Lorenzen provides a unique insight into the daily work and problems at APRO headquarters. With the APRO files seemingly sold into private oblivion (a murder on the history of ufology..) the AFU archives may have a unique gem. In Coral’s letters to Rehn we often learn facts and behind-the-scenes rumours not written about in the APRO Bulletins.

The GICOFF archives

GICOFF (Goteborgs Informations Center för Oidentifierade Flygande Foremal…did you catch that..?), was one of the first serious UFO research groups in Sweden. In 1978 GICOFF disbanded after ten years of excellent field investigative work and publication of their magazine GICOFF-Information. Many GICOFF investigations were translated and published in the excellent (British) Flying Saucer Review.

In 1981 and 1985, most of the GICOFF files were deposited with AFU, including clippings, report forms, investigative notes, magazines and the GICOFF book library. Later, a lion’s part of the GICOFF photo files were also transfered to us.

Yet another rare collection of old UFO books and magazines was deposited by C.O. Holmqvist, in October 1983. This included magazines such as BSRA’s The Round Robin and Fate back to the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Most books were hardbound and preserved in plastic binders making very good copies for our lending library.

That same year a new specialized UFO classification system was designed for the library collection. Unlike most information retrieval coding schemes Ufocode, is built on mnemonic codes and can be detailed down to a fourth level, even providing search codes for well known cases such as the Hill encounter or the Mantell plane-crash. In the summer months of 1983, the 1.163 titles then in our collection were classified according to the new scheme.

Ufocode is still alive and expanded with new codes. Each title added to our library is labeled with from one up to twenty or thirty such codes that describe main themes touched upon in the book. Each year, a supplement of acquired titles is published with an average of 100-150 new titles. The library enjoys regular donations by generous authors such as Loren E. Gross, Thomas E. Bullard and Marc Hallet. If you have spare/review copies of your own published book(s) or booklet(s) please make a donation to the AFU collection knowing that it will be preserved for the future! (In return you will be put on our mailing list, free of charge).

The library has very, very limited resources to buy recently published literature. We are particularly ‘stocked’ on books published in the 1950’s and 1960’s while ‘low’ on books published in the 1980’s and 1990’s. One of our grandiose long-term aims is to save two, even three,  copies of each published edition of every UFO book in the world… Well, as always: we aim for the sky – and maybe we will reach the tree-tops.

Phase three: the age of IT

The mid-1980’s started phase three of our history: information technology (IT). In the fall of 1984 a much-needed new photo copier was bought. This suddenly made many impossible projects more realistic. Up to 1995 more than 70.000 copies had been made, as a service to users of the AFU library, and in building our own collection of UFO reporting and mythology. Today (2003) we have a fine new copier provided by UFO-Sweden.

A year later came our first PC: an IBM-compatible Victor XT. It was used to produce our newsletters, and to build dBase files of reports, references and mailing lists. All of the 1946 ghost rocket cases in Swedish government files – located and first studied in 1984 – formed the basis for the ScanCat report file, which is steadily growing. In1994 one of our sponsors kindly donated 10.000 SEK for buying second-hand computers and for a short period AFU owned no less than five computers which were used in our ALU projects (more details below).

On the ‘personnel side’ our resources grew, too. In 1984, librarian Håkan Blomqvist moved from the Stockholm area to strengthen our small Norrköping team and Clas Svahn, a young journalist, joined AFU’s board that same year. Clas has, since the start of the library in Kjell’s small flat, been one of AFU’s most avid supporters, and has worked tirelessly to persuade the donors behind many of our major acquisitions.

From early 1987 Sven-Olov Svensson increased his contribution to AFU by starting to work six hours-a-day in the archive. Sven-Olov is doing the main part of our routine work: dispatching book parcels, answering the phone, adding new collections to the archives system, and mailing copies to researchers. His idealistic, unsalaried ground work has, to a large extent, made it possible for many of us to make effective use of the collection and – for my own part – it has meant that my curiosity for the subject has not been completely crushed by the tiring day-by-day routines necessary at an institution such as ours.

A unique collection

In 1986 Edith Nicolaisen, enthusiastic Swedish publisher of contactee-type and ‘New Age’ literature, died. Nicolaisen had started the Parthenon publishing house in 1957. She published Swedish editions of books by George Adamski, Daniel Fry, Wilbert Smith, Morris K. Jessup, Max B. Miller, Ray & Rex Stanford, and others.

The Parthenon company was taken over, step by step, by Carl-Anton Mattsson, who kindly arranged for the editorial and personal archives to be deposited with AFU. Parthenon and Edith Nicolaisen left a truly fantastic collection of contactee books, magazines, manuscripts, administrative files, photos and correspondence. Particularly the correspondence files (some 30 binders) provide many unique insights into the American and international contactee syndrome of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The collection (now sorted by name of the correspondent) ought to be of particular interest to students of the history of religion, contactees and UFO cults.

The Parthenon collection underlines AFU’s policy of saving everything of potential interest without regard of ‘objective value’. It is possible to approach any subject with an open mind and research it, even contactees and cults. Science puts no value on the subject in itself, it only requires you to use scientific methodology. Our collection has been used by a few university graduates, for instance Pia Andersson of Stockholm University who is writing treatises (history of religion) on the Swedish UFO and New Age movement and the subject of ‘astro-archaelogy’  (the belief spearheaded by Erich von Däniken that Earth was visited by space people in ancient times).

Return to UFO-Sweden

In 1986 AFU rejoined UFO-Sweden (- remember, AFU started as a break-away from UFO-Sweden in 1973  -) now becoming the archives unit of the very same national group. It was felt that UFO-Sweden – under new chairmen – had successively changed its ideology to become a more serious, investigative group, much in line with our own ideas. Since1991 Clas Svahn, from the AFU board, is the chairman of UFO-Sweden.

Despite close ties to UFO-Sweden, a contract still guarantees the AFU foundation a special status as a separate unit. If UFO-Sweden will sink (not a realistic thought at this point of time!) AFU will sail along on it’s own. AFU does not need a large membership to survive but does, definitely, benefit from having a 1.300 membership organization (UFO-Sweden) backing us up.

AFU has systematically collected organizational files from the more than 120 local UFO-Sweden activity groups in existence since 1970. AFU has also developed, or taken over, files on every other (known) Swedish UFO / IFO / New Age organization, ufologist, researcher and journalist interested in UFO’s. Håkan Blomqvist’s work on this side of the AFU collection, in the 1990s,  has helped document ufology as a social, national, ‘popular movement’. Today, Clas Svahn carries on the torch in this area, with new archives added regularly.

The ‘Blue’ and ‘Orange’ files

In 1987 we started to borrow, and copy, the military UFO records from the Research Institute of Defence (FOA), in Stockholm. The files contain more than 2.000 reports investigated by the military forces since 1947. The copying project was, in the beginning, an offshoot of our Project 1946, the study of documents and reports on the Swedish ghost rockets reported one year after the end of WWII. Project 1946 was described in detail in two BUFORA monographs published in 1987 and 1988. We are still looking forward to finding the time and resources to publish the detailed results from that project in English translation.

The copying of military reports inspired us to start, in 1988, a chronological report file of all known Swedish UFO incidents, which, by now, has grown to become perhaps the most essential part of the archive. As mentioned, we started off with the military reports, then with duplicates and copies from our news clipping master collection, and with the excellent report and investigative files deposited by GICOFF of Gothenburg.

In 1989 the annual UFO-Sweden national conference decided to deposit UFO-Sweden’s entire report archive with AFU. We now continuously receive reports from the UFO-Sweden report center, and it’s accredited field investigators (trained at an annual examination weekend, traditionally in the autumn). The number of Swedish reports usually tally between 300 and 500 each year. This figure is, of course, only a statistic before the reports have been analyzed, and, most often, explained. AFU and UFO-Sweden make it a point of saving all reports, even the explained ones, to learn from the mistakes (the witnesses’  and ours) and to develop our analytical procedures.

A whole range of other sources (books, magazines, organizational archives, etc) have since been culled for UFO reports. All cases found have been copied and sorted into the main file, which now comprises more than one hundred twenty binders and (probably) number 15.000+ cases. Since the report file is kept in blue file folders we sometimes refer to it as our ‘Blue Archive’ — of course sort of a travesty of ‘Blue Book’… The report file is supplemented by a substantial file of post-war almanacs and a collection of topographical maps that cover a major part of Swedish territory. AFU board member Andreas Ohlsson has an agreement with a Stockholm map shop to receive free copies of out-of-date maps as new editions are put on sale.

There is also a substantial file of submarine (USO) press reports and documents, detailing the wave of underwater violations of Scandinavian waters in the last 20-25 years (by some believed to have some connection to UFOs).

AFU (and its predecessors) has had an uninterrupted subscription with a Stockholm news clipping agency (AB Pressurklipp, now Observer Media Intelligence) since 1970. This world unique (?) file (- called our ‘Orange’ file since it is kept in orange file folders -) has more recently been supplemented with copies and original cuttings from many other private & official collections, to complete our coverage of the pre-1970 era. I estimate that the size of the clipping file to be at least 30.000 news articles in Swedish.

To complete our own previous collection of files of the 1933-1937 (ghost flier) and 1946 (ghost rocket) reports from Swedish news media and the Military Archives in Stockholm we have made copies of the official Norwegian files on the ghost fliers located by our friend and correspondent Ole Jonny Braenne. We also have a microfilm copy of the Finnish documents on the ghost fliers, provided by Kalevi Mikkonen.  Major acquisitions in the early 1990s

In the nineteen-nineties Archives for UFO research has grown more than ever. Clas Svahn, Håkan Blomqvist and other supporters have toured Sweden, acquiring collections, large and small. Some important recent additions include:

The Adlerberth collection of books and newsclipping files: Roland Adlerberth, a Gothenburg librarian and translator, bought and reviewed most UFO & fortean books of the fifties and sixties — a mint condition collection now bought and added to AFU in 1993/94. Adlerberth spent his Sundays cutting everything fortean, ufological and phenomenological from Swedish and Scandinavian newspapers. This monumental  collection of post-war fortean effort — carefully sorted into hundreds of small, brown, subject-labeled envelopes —  is now one of our most valued gems, donated by the Adlerberth family. Sends fortean shivers down our spine…

The “Brevcirkeln” library: Brevcirkeln (disbanded in 1994) was an esoteric group that existed for 30 years, publishing a lively, duplicated journal (known as Brevcirkeln and, later, Arcanum).  The group built a substantial lending library, similar to AFU’s, but more occult-oriented. The collection, parts of which were donated to AFU, includes much of the theosophical and esoteric literature that so influenced early contacteeism and Anglo-American ufology in the 1950’s and 1960’s. In 2003 we are planning to catalogue some previously un-catalogued parts of this collection.

Parts of the SUFOI magazine archives: Skandinavisk UFO Information (SUFOI) of Copenhagen (the most respected investigation group in Denmark, founded in the late fifties) restructured their magazine archives in the mid-90’s, and asked AFU to take over many of the less needed, more odd titles. This resulted in more than 100 kilos of rare and new magazines added to our shelves. Many of the magazines date back to the 1950’s.

The David Clarke airship collection: In competition with transatlantic collectors AFU, in 1993, bought David Clarke’s 1.300-page collection (four file folders) of data on worldwide (mainly US, UK and New Zealand) airship sightings in the 1896-1913 time span. Although AFU couldn’t offer as much money as US competitors, we could offer a unique public availability of the documents. With no other European bidder David Clarke decided to let the collection remain in Europe. It supplements our documentation on similar waves of what might be termed “technological imitations”. Since placed with us Clas Svahn has made backup copies of the material that have gone back to the seller/donator.

The Mandagsgruppen tape library: In December 1994 AFU took over a collection of about 500 audio tapes and audio cassettes bought from Jan-Eric Janhammar. Janhammar taped a large part of the more than 1.400 lectures before his ‘Monday group’ (Mandagsgruppen), in Stockholm. The tapes include early lectures on flying saucers, fortean subjects and the occult, since the inception of the lecture group in 1951. We have catalogued but a small part of the collection and transferred the oldest parts of the material on roll tapes, to cassettes.

Phase four: a new, bigger archive

Our growth soon made it necessary to find larger quarters than the 38 square meters we had had since 1980. Ideas on how to create more space for new shelves had finally exhausted. To work two or three people in-between the tightly-spaced shelves in the “old” archive was an experience that sometimes got on your nerves.

Some 200 meters from the old archives we found our new premises. In early 1993 the place was soon to be evacuated as the former administrative archives of my place of work (a real estate company). The archive had one room full of good, solid shelves. We managed to rent the place at a very decent monthly cost. The 75 square meters were cleaned from spiders and twenty years of dirt; painted, and a new floor laid. In late June 1993 we moved most of the collections (by then displaced at three places in Norrköping) to the new place.

Of course, the new center offered a much better working environment than we had before before. It has a conference corner, refrigerator, coffee machine, desks for our own work, for sorting and for visiting researchers, computers, a modern copier, tape recorders, telephone, and a fax machine.

Sponsor pool

“Who pays the bills?”, you might ask. Some paranoid people believe it’s the CIA.

As AFU treasurer for many years I have counted almost every ‘krona’ that has passed through AFU so I am the person to know the real situation. The first twenty years our costs were fairly modest and were, mostly, paid for by the four-headed board, from our very own private pockets. The annual turnover has been between 35.000 and 100.000 SEK. My own part of AFU financing, during these years, has been quite substantial. Yes, you guessed it: I own no house, no summer-cottage, no car and no sailing-boat in the nice Swedish archipelago! Life is a choice, and a chance.

With “phase four”, and trebled costs, the economic situation would have been impossible. This is where a March 1993 UFO-Sweden conference decided to create a sponsor pool, whereby private citizens and companies, interested in furthering UFO research, can sponsor Archives for UFO Research. Today, AFU has agreements with some twenty-five ufologists and UFO groups, each contributing between 50 and 500 SEK per month.

The total regular monthly income from sponsors amount (2003) to roughly 4.000 SEK, covering the lion’s share of our basic expenses (including rents, power, telephone and 30 % of the cost for the clipping subscription, shared with UFO-Sweden). The remaining budget is filled with fees and money from sales (mostly antiquarian sales of surplus second-hand books and magazines). Picture library sales to media sources may be a promising source of substantial future income, where we work in collaboration with UFO-Sweden.

The creation of the sponsor group also made it possible to retain our “old” archive. The oldest premises is now used for storage of surplus material (some of it for sale) and for seldom-used collections.

The picture library consists of the combined picture library (photos, negatives, slides, sketches, paintings, etc) from the UFO-Sweden, GICOFF and Parthenon collections. A most valuable picture collection was recently donated by the heirs of Eugen Semitjov, a Swedish journalist (of Russian descent) who wrote a series of books on UFO and space research and who traveled the world with his sketch-block and camera. The picture library is at present (2003) being scanned and put on digital media by Håkan Ekstrand.

AFU would welcome monetary and/or material support from international sponsors, which could add much to our efficiency as an already established information center. We would especially like to engage in IT technology (such as CD-ROM or microfilming techniques to safe-guard our collections), the building of indexed databases (why not an international annual index of the UFO literature..?). This would require both technology and skilled personnel. We have the infrastructure but not the money.

1993-1998: Full time ‘ALU’ staff

Working full-time as a ‘ufologist’ is anyone’s dream if you’re ‘taken in’ by this stimulating subject. This became possible for some unemployed Swedes, many of them interested in the UFO subject. With the high unemployment rates in the early 1990s,  our government started a new scheme, under the acronym ‘ALU’. Unemployed people were offered four-to-six-month period jobs with unions, associations and organizations doing “work that would not normally be done”. Salary (= normal unemployment remunerations) was paid by the government.

In March 1993 AFU applied for an ALU project and had no problem getting it. In a five year period about 40 people were active for 4-6 month periods on our project(s). Most of them work/worked in our archives, others with computers (their own, or AFU-owned) at home. At times we had, simultaneously, six-seven people employed.

The ALU staff worked on different projects: paint work and putting on a new floor in the archives; sorting and copying clippings and other materials for the report and clipping files; editorial and translation work; follow-up case investigations via telephone; transcription of cassette tape interviews to paper and data media; creating a database searchable via ‘Ufocodes’ for our book library; et cetera.

Adding UFO cases to our ScanCat database was, however, the top priority project with dozens of people employed. All known Swedish reports up until 1995 were recorded in dBase/Access format. The ScanCat file comprises about 12.000 cases with reports that have come to us since 1995 still unrecorded.

Becoming a ‘professional’ archive

Since the early 1980’s AFU has slowly sought an active association with ‘the archives world at large’. AFU is listed in several Swedish archive directories and are establishing contacts with local and national archives, archive unions and archivists. In 1993 Archives for UFO research became a member of both a regional and a national organization of ‘popular movement archives’ (folkrörelsearkiv).  AFU’s work, in documenting ufology as a fairly young and developing social movement, is known and respected by archivists all over Sweden.

On Oct 25, 1993, “The Board of Private Archives” of the National Archives in Stockholm decided to grant us 6.500 SEK to pay for materials for our ALU projects, such as audio cassettes, copy paper and envelopes for our picture library.

Through the years, the AFU team has attempted to ‘guide’ mainstream ufology (in Sweden) onto more critical, skeptical tracks. This line of thought runs through hundreds of articles written for many publications, particularly for the glossy ‘UFO-Aktuellt’ magazine published by UFO-Sweden. Our investigative activities – sometimes regarded as ‘overly skeptical’ – has not won admiration by followers of contactee and New Age groups. However, the advantage of having most of the facts literally ‘behind your back’ (such as in our archives shelves) can never be underestimated.

In fact, working with AFU sometimes gives you the feeling of suffering from ‘information sickness’ — that you have TOO MUCH data to make a meaningful picture of reality! That feeling is partly related to the relative lack of time for personal long-term projects (having a regular job as a first priority).

Major donations in the late 1990s

AFU has taken over a number of collections from the families and heirs of ufologists who have passed on. This is often accepted with gratitude by the heirs who may not know what to do with the collection their relative has left behind. Sometimes the donation was combined with a minor payment, for instance to compensate for the expected price of a book collection from a second-hand bookshop.

In 1995 we took over the collection of our deceased friend Åke Franzén, an early ufologist who searched Swedish newspapers for ghost flier data and who traveled to the US and West Virginia where he spent weeks in the company of John A. Keel and eye witnesses of the Mothman fame. Another great donation came from the heirs of Brage Jansson, particularly a large audio cassette library; In 1999 Clas Svahn brought several important collections to us: the Ernst Linder collection, particularly of clippings from the 1960s; the Gunnar Lindberg collection of contactee and channeling material (he was the Swedish representative of the Eduard ‘Billy’ Meier group and translator of their materials); a collection of New Scientist from well known Swedish author/astronomer Peter Nilson, etc

Other ufologists and ex-ufologists have graciously donated, or allowed us to copy, parts of their archives: Lars Andersson and Sven Schalin (who maintained a lively correspondence with each other, and with other early ufologists); Torgny Ridderberg and Meit Henriksson have regularly sent us parcels with material from their book shelves; Sören Broman, Ulf Ekstedt, Minerva Lalander and Inga-Lill Wallin have all given us substantial book collections.  After Håkan Blomqvist left ‘active ufology’ in the late 1990’s he has placed the lion part of his UFO book collection with AFU. AFU has also received organizational and group material from the UFO societies of Köping, Nyköping and Enköping, all very active since the 1970’s.

From abroad came a number of other collections such as the magazine library of Norwegian skeptic Kolbjørn Stenødegård.  UFO author and picture library owner Hilary Evans visited us in 1996 and promised us a major donation of continental European  books which Clas Svahn and Håkan Ekstrand brought to Sweden in year 2000. AFU has had regular contact with, and donations of documents, booklets and microfilms from Jan Aldrich, founder of Project 1947 (now mainly a mailing list and web site on the Internet).

Willy Wegner (who’s ideas had inspired us from the beginning) donated large files of slides, UFO magazines and a major file of Danish newspaper clippings from the 1950s, -60s and 70s. Per Andersen, another regular Danish supporter of AFU, and now ex-chairman of SUFOI, donated packages crammed with magazines, booklets and books (1999).  Heikki Virtanen and other Finnish ufologists have graciously donated copies of the yearbooks of the Finnish UFO Research group. We are also very grateful for regular donations of material from US ufologists such as Mark Rhodegier and the J.Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, Lucius Farish (UFO Newsclipping Service), Loren E. Gross (his series of UFO history booklet), Richard F. Haines, Richard W. Heiden, Donald A. Johnson (UFOCAT) Willy Smith (Unicat Project) and Tom Tulien (The Sign Historical Group Oral History Project).

Maurizio Verga brought a number of Italian goodies – including the ‘UFO in Italia’ book series –  to the AFU archive when he visited us in 1997 in the company of a film team. British UFO bestseller author Timothy Good visited us in the autumn of 1998 and was so impressed with our work that he donated 1.000 pounds which we used to buy full runs of The Anomalist and The Journal of Scientific Exploration, plus about twenty American university dissertations. The kind of material we would otherwise not have been able to acquire.

Phase five: With a new library into the 21st century

The influx of material has generated a steady need for new shelves. At the end of 2002 we own about 500 meters of shelves, having spent about 33.000 SEK (about 3.500 USD) during the last ten years on new and used IKEA shelves. Half of this sum was spent in the past two years. The summer 2002 delivery from IKEA filled out empty spaces in our main archive, after the reference and lending library had been moved to a new library facility in the neighboring house. AFU now has three facilities along the same street: The main archive (A) of 75 square meters; the new library (B) of 62 square meters and the old store-room (C) of 30 square meters. One fine day in the future we hope to find one equally cheap, large facility where everything can be housed under the same roof…

The collections are continuously restructured and moved to use our space in the best way possible, but we now have a very fine library with enough space for housing even a twice-as-big collection of books. All our collections of books, booklets & documents will be sorted alphabetically, with an effective Access database, being developed right now, to help us search for literature on a particular subject, aided by Ufocode classifications.

The 2000-2002 period has meant acquisition of three major collections and a number of other valuable material.

The Norwegian collection: Starting in the autumn of 2001 AFU has received about 400 kiloes of Norwegian material from (or via) UFO-Norways new chairman Ole Jonny Braenne. Some of the collection comes from Ole Jonny’s own library, but a large chunk also comes from deceased ufologists Finn W. Kalvik and Kolbjørn Stenødegård, both leading men in Norwegian ufology during the 1970s and 1980s. Except for a major collection of magazines and books AFU has ordered the Finn W. Kalvik personal correspondence files into ten binders. Finn Kalvik ran his own UFO group (UFO-Bergen), was a leading figure and magazine editor for Norsk UFO Center (NUFOC) and UFO-Norge, and he was (since 1972) the Norwegian representative for the Danish SUFOI in Norway.

Other donations: The Hilary Evans book donation of mainly French and Spanish literature (2000); continued deliveries of material from AFU board members Håkan Blomqvist (books and document binders) and Clas Svahn (e.g. video and audio tapes); a collection of UFO literature acquired from the family of UFO skeptic Gerhard Köppen; a collection of British UFO magazines bought from Eileen Fletcher; the collections from Rune Rydebrandt and Gunnar Schelin, two veteran ufologists.

One of the ‘ALU staff’ people from 1994, Sussie Andersson, came back to the archives in year 2000, now working as an idealistic volunteer two days each week. Sussie has made a remarkable work on going through a number of huge clipping collections donated to AFU, to check them against our master file of clippings, then adding copies or originals of all new items to the master file (the ‘Orange’ file).

Some figures on the present Archives for UFO research: 500 meters of material, including: books and booklets (40 meters, 3.500 titles, 5.000 book copies), report archives (12 meters, 15.000 cases, primarily Swedish and Scandinavian), clipping files (10 meters, 35.000 articles mainly in Swedish), personal and organizational archives (30 meters), magazine collection (75 meters, 700 boxes), audio cassettes (some 1.500), videos (an expanding collection!) and picture library (possibly two thousand pictures).

New donations to the archive often result in duplicate or even triplicate copies. AFU always has a limited supply of spare copies of books and about 40-50 shelf meters of duplicate magazines available for exchange, or sale. Write us, stating your needs (and exchange objects). Due to costs for postage, packing and bank exchange we tend to avoid direct sales beyond the Scandinavian countries.


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Public interest in UFOs in Romania began with the 1968 „flap”, when several interesting reports reached the mass media, among them one of the crew of the commercial airline TAROM in August 17, and several other encounters in the next  time period, until the end of September. The most spectacular sighting – of a si lvery daylight disc – was proved by three excelent photos made in August 18, near Cluj-Napoca (in the Hoia-Baciu forest) by Emil Barnea, in the presence of other three witnesses.

The first Romanian books about UFOs were written by the SF writer and critic Ion Hobana (Bucharest, 1971) and the engineer Florin Gheorghita (Iasi, 1973), both of them involved in the investigation of the 1968 cases. Ion Hobana, together  with Julien Weverbergh, published also several UFO books abroad, among them the Ufo’s from behind the iron curtain(1974), translated in several languages. In the early seventies, some UFO research groups were organized, the most important, estabished in 1971, at the Cultural House of the University Students in Bucharest, was lead by Ion Hobana himself.

In 1977, one of the members of this group, Calin Turcu (1942-2006), living in the small town of Valenii de Munte (100 km north of Bucharest), organized an informal, nationwide team named “Romanian UFO Researchers (RUFOR)”, that published a samizdat UFO bulletin (27 numbers, 1979-86). Turcu established, in time, in his house, the greatest archive of written records, photos and films about Romanian cases, as well as the greatest UFO book library in Romania. The same team published later the only printed UFO periodical in Romania, named “RUFOR” (1994-1996). It had 21 issues, the first 8 in a tabloid form, and the rest as an A4 magazine.  The chief editor was Peter Leb from the Transylvanian city of Targu Mures. All important Romanian UFO researchers contributed to this magazine. Presently, there is no printed UFO periodical in Romania.

A dozen of UFO books, translated or original, were published in Romania in the seventies and eighties, but their number increased dramatically after 1990. Among the authors were: Ion Hobana, Calin Turcu, Florin Gheorghita, Dan Farcas, Doru Davidovici (fighter pilot 1945-1989), Gyorgy Mandics (now living mainly in Hungary), Dan Apostol and Adrian Patrut (President of the Romanian Society of Parapsychology; he also wrote about some other strange phenomena in the Hoia-Baciu forest near Cluj-Napoca).

The Association for the Study of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (ASFAN) – Romania was set up in 1998 by a group of persons known for their achievements connected with the UFO phenomenon and was  conceived as an organization of well established specialists in various directions relevant for the UFO research. ASFAN is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It is the only Romanian organization focused on UFO research, having  juridical personality,obtained with the legal decision of the Court of the Municipality of Bucharest in September 28, 1998, taking into consideration the approval of the Ministry of the Research and Technology and that of the General Mayor of Bucharest.

The elected board was: chairman Ion Hobana, vice-chairman Dan Farcas (Ph.D., mathematician, IT specialist), executive director Harald Alexandrescu (Ph.D., mathematician, astronomer, 1944-2005), treasurer Alexandru Musat (physicist), speaker Alecu Marciuc (radio programs producer).

The organization’s purpose is the rational study of the unidentified aerospace phenomena in keeping with the knowledge and the hypothesis of the contemporary science, with emphasis on the Romanian cases. ASFAN intended to resort to the support of the institutions which hold specific information, and laboratories endowed with modern equipment. A special objective was to estimate the social and psychological effects of the unidentified sightings, having in view correct information of the public at large, through the mass media and the internet.

Since 1998 ASFAN has received many reports, which were introduced in its archive, mainly through a specific standardized form. ASFAN maintains contacts with the witnesses and makes field investigations for the most interesting cases. There are some restrains, because the organization has no sponsors and members act on voluntary bases, after finishing their main job. Therefore ASFAN from Bucharest cannot  investigate directly all interesting cases. Some investigations are accomplished by the ASFAN members living in other cities.

The ASFAN members have been keepint contacts with several UFO research organizations and specialists abroad. An example is the activity of Dan Farcas with the editorial board of the European Journal of UFO and Abduction Studies (2000-2003).

For three years (2000-2003) ASFAN had organized public conferences on monthly bases in some central places in Bucharest. The ASFAN  members were invited to virtually all nationwide Romanian TV channels and radio stations, for debates on current UFO events and related issues.

Some UFO specialists, as Emil Strainu, became notorious after being member of the ASFAN.

Although ASFAN has not a printed periodical, several ASFAN members have regular UFO columns in Romanian popular science magazines.

A main place of interest is intended to be the website of ASFAN, where results of current investigations are exposed and contacts are maintained with people interested in UFO issues. In the near future, basic information about the main Romanian UFO cases and UFO researchers will be posted on this site, as well as other related information.

ASFAN address: Blvd. Lascar Catargiu 21, 010662 Bucharest, Romania. The building of the “Admiral V. Urseanu” Astronomical Observatory of the Municipality of Bucharest.
Telephone: (+4021) 212 9644, (+4021) 310 2563, Fax: (+4021) 310 2573




The C.E.I. (Centre d’Estudis Interplanetaris) was founded in 1958 a few months after the seventh International Astronautical Congress at Barcelona and the stunning news of the launching of Sputnik 1.

At this initial stage, CEI edited the first publication in Spain about flying saucers. In 1967 CEI chose to work following a scientific oriented approach, but with an unprejudiced dissipation of the gathered information and paying careful attention to any particular hypothesis.

During that period a very important archive was created and developed, they also established a library and edited several publications as Stendek (1970-1981), Papers d’Ovnis (1994-2004, with contributions in Catalan and Spanish), Selecciones del CEI (1996), and some monographies in Spanish: «The 1950 Spanish wave», «Celestial phenomena from 7th to 19th century», «A short analytical monograph of the 1974 Spanish wave», «The UFO phenomenon. An analysis of 30 years of observations in Spain», «Minutes of the first national ufology congress (1978)», etc.

CEI members have been organizing or taking part in numerous public conferences, debates, exhibitions, radio and TV emissions and interviews in general media.

In the 1990s, CEI played an important role in promoting the start and development of the process of declassification of UFO archives from the Spanish Air Force, through an active cooperation with the Intelligence Section of the Air Operative Command. At the same time, the functional structure was updated and adapted for new technologies (internet, electronic databases, CD/DVD, etc.).

CEI, up today, have amassed information on the UFO phenomenon through witnesses and performed in-the-field investigations. CEI collaborate with others organizations of similar objectives in ufology, science and folklore.

CEI Centre d’Estudis Interplanetaris.

Bruc 88, 6º 13ª

08009 – Barcelona




Scandinavian UFO Information


During the summer of 1946, the press started reporting sightings of “ghost rockets”. Hundreds of people all over Scandinavia saw these phenomena, which have been studied in detail since then by Scandinavian researchers.

Press coverage of UFO-sightings and statements from the US Air Force Project Blue Book as well as publication of books about “Flying Saucers” boomed in the 1950s.

This resulted in the start of the Danish group “Southern Jutland UFO-lnvestigation” on December 17th, 1957. Public reactions to the new UFO group were enormous. People were very interested in further information on UFOs and the group expanded rapidly. Soon the name of the UFO organisation was changed to “Scandinavian UFO Information”. A year after the initiation of SUFOI, the organisation started publication of the magazine UFO-Nyt (UFO News).

Today, SUFOI represents a serious and examining approach to UFO phenomena.


1) The objective of SUFOI is to identify and demystify UFO phenomena through gathering and researching primary data (sighting accounts, research results, books etc) as well as informing the public about both unknown as well as known sky phenomena.

2) SUFOI is of the opinion that primary UFO data constitutes an important foundation for research and public relations based on a serious and examining methodology.

3) SUFOI does not want to promote or reject any particular theory about the nature or origin of UFOs as the phenomenon until now has not been explained.


Today, the word “UFO” is accepted as a proper Danish noun. However, originally it was an abbreviation for the English Unidentified Flying Object. SUFOI has defined the term UFO as a phenomenon in the sky with the key characteristics of being and remaining an inexplicable phenomenon even when investigated by competent researchers.


It is SUFOI’s vision

-to identify and demystify all sightings of sky phenomena

-to improve the familiarity with the sky so everybody can identify all known sky phenomena

-to ensure that all witnesses to unknown sky phenomena call SUFOI

-to be the society that people contact for information on UFOs.


SUFOI is a society managed by a board of directors. Counting 10 persons, the board meets twice a year to establish general guidelines for the activities of SUFOI.

All activities are carried out on an unpaid, spare time basis.


As part of the investigation of reports, a special set of report forms is used.

These forms, developed by SUFOI, are also in use or have been used over the years in Sweden, Norway and Germany. Since 1957, SUFOI has investigated more than 15,000 reports, of which a significant part has turned out to be known phenomena. Today the percentage of explained sightings is between 90 and 95 %. The remaining 5-10 % cannot be explained and are archived as UFO reports.

All sighting reports were in 2004 handed over to Archives for UFO Research in Sweden for copying purpose.


Results from sighting investigations and other activities are published quarterly in Danish in  the magazine “UFO-Nyt” (UFO News), twice a month in our electronic newsmail service “ufo-mail”, and on our website


SUFOI is also publishing a number of books, booklets and special editions on UFOs and natural phenomena, e.g. “Når du ser et stjerneskud?” (When you see a shooting star?). This guide for identification of phenomena in the sky was edited and published by SUFOI in 2005 and paid for by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.


SUFOI has several external activities. These include lectures, exhibitions and frequent appearances in the printed press and on Danish radio and TV.

Scandinavian UFO Information – P.O. Box 95 / DK-6200 Aabenraa, Denmark




Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici

(Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici, or CISU) was founded in 1985, as a merging from three different experiences: a dozen former directors of Centro Ufologico Nazionale (CUN), UPIAR (Ufo Phenomena International Annual Review) Cooperative members and the Clypeus/Ufologia editorial team.
CISU is a private, no-profit organization based on volunteer work of its unpaid members.
CISU aims are: 1) to promote scientific study of UFO phenomena; 2) to let information and documentation circulate among researchers; 3) to coordinate nationally activities of data collection, analysis and its diffusion.
Main activities include: investigation on UFO sighting reports; filing and cataloguing of collected data and archiving of any useful documentation; promoting analyses and research; information for its members; public education
There are two levels of membership: temporary associates and full members. Only the latter are entitled to represent the CISU. General administration is managed by a council of directors (presently composed of a president and 6 other members), plus a secretarial staff. Local organization is made of regional coordinators and provincial directors.
Fields investigations on reported sightings are made by local members, following CISU Field Investigation Methodology Manual, designed so to collect as many information about sighted phenomena and reliability of testimonies. Written nvestigation reports are the basis for following studies.
In 2001 CISU adopted and has since adhered to the Ufology Code of Ethics developed by BUFORA and UFOIN in the UK.
CISU Archives systematically collect all and any Italian documentation and source about UFO phenomena and ufology: investigation reports, newsclippings, research articles, specialized books and periodicals, audio and video recordings, digital and magnetic media sources, as well as a wide range of advertising commercials, toys, gadgets, music records, art and other UFO-inspired popular culture items. A huge collection of international UFO books and periodicals is also stored at CISU headquarters in Torino, a 210 loft which is the largest repository of UFO documentation existing in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.
A first analysis work is done on each reported sighting, trying to evaluate information and identify the cause, whenever possible. Comparisons of cases and statistical presentations are also produced.
One of CISU major activities has always been the painstacking filing and cataloguing of even fragmentary news of any UFO/IFO sighting ever reported in Italy. More than 15,000 case histories have been filed as yet, amounting to tens of thousands of sources archived. This work has been and is being done at a local level, where regional/provincial archives are kept, digital databases built and paper catalogues published. A national archive and a national database also exist.
As for scientific research, CISU is only meaning itself as a source of documentation, consultation and infrastructure for active researchers. Research projects and committees are being activated, though, on specific subjects (an updated list of about 20 ongoing projects is available on the web at
CISU main journal, UFO – Rivista di informazione ufologica (UFO information review, 31 issues published) is a glossy 48-pages magazine presently published three times per year, detailing the state-of-the art of ufology, with a special emphasis on investigations, analyses and articles by CISU members.
A monthly newsclipping service is also available upon request at a nominal fee. A quarterly newsletter (UFO Notizie, 63 issues) and an internal forum for discussion and technical articles (UFO Forum, 19 issues) have also been published for some years in the past.
Longer texts, regional or special sightings catalogues (e.g. Italian sightings by pilots, trace-landing cases, USO reports, ball lightning reports), as well as bibliographies or research results are also published as occasional monographs (Documenti UFO): as many as 34 as of now.
CISU has its own publishing house (Upiar Cooperative), which has released seven books as yet.
Information sharing is the core of CISU philosophy: all members have a right not only to access archives but also to get copies of all archived documentation. Each catalogue or project coordinator is regularly getting copy of all incoming documents pertaining his own activity.
A long-standing book service for CISU members has later evolved into a specialized UFO e-commerce website (
Our national yearly congress has been held since 1986, as a regular occasion of meeting and discussion, mostly for members (though about half of them was also open to the public). Meetings and workshops on specific subjects have also been organized when needed.
In twenty years, CISU members have been organizing or taking part at hundreds of public conferences and debates, photo exhibitions, radio/TV emissions, interviews or articles in the general media, though public education have been given secondary importance, as opposed to other activities, in the last decade. Our main goals in doing public education are: 1) to make ourselves known to witnesses; 2) to attract new members; 3) to collect economic resources.
Though not sold in the newsstands, CISU magazine has been distributed in a nationwide chain of bookshops since 1986. Moreover, CISU magazine has been sent free for years to hundreds of scientists, public libraries, university departments, newspapers or single reporters, in order to keep them aware of our existence and activities.
Besides operating the oldest existing UFO-call 24-hours phone line in Italy for witnesses to call, for twenty full years, a new UFO information service on the phone (UFOTEL) has been activated since 1994, offering weekly news for free.
But the main information tool in the last decade has been the Internet: the CISU was the first Italian UFO organization to have a website, a mailing list and a weekly web-zine (all three of them still working). Ufo Online ( has been and still is the most visitated Italian website on UFOs.
Ufotel weekly newsletter has also been distributed on the Internet (websites, mailing lists, newsgroups) since 1995, and our online UFO sighting form offers an easy tool for hundreds of witnesses each year. Besides the open/public mailing list and another one for CISU members only, as many as 18 specialized, closed-shop mailing lists are also existing for CISU research committees or working groups members to keep in contact and distribute information and discussions.

CISU – CENTRO ITALIANO STUDI UFOLOGICI – P. O. Box 82 – 10100 Torino (Italy)
Phone +39 011 307863 / Fax +39 011545033 – /

Maugé, Claude (France)

Born in 1946, unmarried, he holds a “maîtrise” in physics and a “licence” in psychology. Teacher of maths and physics in a “lycée professionnel” (vocationnal school).

He is interested in various topics, such as classical music (only hearing), comics of the franco-belgian “bandes dessinées” kind, history, parapsychology, and since more than 30 years in most aspects of the UFO question.

He has published several papers in various UFO journals (Inforespace, International UFO Reporter, Magonia, OVNI Présence, …) and in two collective books, plus some unpublished bibliographic inventories.

He is currently preparing a catalogue of French abduction cases for publisher “l’Oeil du Sphinx”.

Mailing address:
8, avenue des Carmes
46100 FIGEAC