This was an important workshop focusing on the scientific examination of UAP UFO observations held at CNES (French equivalent to NASA) headquarters in Paris. I was pleased to get an invite, but the costs involved were prohibitive, plus I was in Toronto for filming of season 2 of Close Encounters during the same week.
Here is a rough translation from the GEIPAN site:
July 8 and 9, CNES Paris met scientists and ufologists for a workshop on methods and tools to improve the collection and analysis of information on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (CAIPAN).This international meeting allowed for the first time to combine the experience of UFO associations in research in psychology and astronomy, as well as the expertise of the National Gendarmerie and the Air Force.
The objectives of this workshop CAIPAN
Dedicated to the study of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena ( PAN
), created by the CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) therein, GEIPAN (Study Group and Information Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena) analyzed hundreds of testimonies and of reports OBSERVATION of PAN
. It appeared that the vast majority was a scientifically brittle material: Unique testimony or in small numbers, significant delay between observation and testimony, no photographs or low quality ... To advance the study of the possible causes of these phenomena GEIPAN organized this workshop to seek first how to consolidate available information about these observations PAN
, CNES could meet for the first time high-level scientists (Jeremiah Vaubaillon, Observatoire de Paris, Jacques Py, Professor of Psychology, Thomas Rabeyron, lecturer in psychology ...), representatives of the gendarmerie and the Air Force, recognized experts in the field of ufology (Richard Haines, Jacques Vallée, Méheust Bertrand, Ron Westrum ...) and a hundred players in the global UFO world, thus demonstrating the major contribution of the multidisciplinary approach to analyze this complex issue.
For this work of reflection, GEIPAN invited players UFO associations with which it maintains close relations.
Participants promised to consolidate these ideas in subsequent meetings.
Proceedings of the workshop CAIPAN
Several areas for improvement were explored during the workshop to improve the quality of scientifically usable data:
- The hearing witness techniques can be based on those used by the gendarmerie and the police or that applied for control of lightning, another rare and disturbing phenomenon witnesses. Analysis of photos by specialized tools used to verify the authenticity and characterize the observed objects.
- Sharing databases Case observation PAN , from various sources, could allow general or specialized studies on these phenomena, researchers in natural sciences, social sciences or ufologists.
- Observations of PAN can be correlated with the data provided by the automatic monitoring systems: detection cameras fireball (meteorite) of FRIPON network cameras or northern lights, military radar system for air monitoring and space.
- Recent research in applied psychology now possible to make the best of human testimony, first by helping the witness better express what he has in mind, other discerning in the story the most reliable information.
GEIPAN gradually publish on this site all the documents presented.
already see below the program of the workshop.
Methodologies of field surveys
- Useful research methods for aircrew and air traffic controller UAP sighting, Richard F. Haines, NARCAP
- Chronic UFO investigation, transfer, Gilles Munsch, engineer, investigator GEIPAN
- Expertise qualitative and quantitative characterization of official reports of aerial phenomena observation held unidentified France (1951-1979), Jean-Pierre Rospars, Expert GEIPAN
- Technical examination of witnesses in the case of observations of ball lightning, Philippe Ollier, Laboratory of Lightning
- The testimony of the Force, F. Thomas, National Gendarmerie
- Optimize the collection of testimonies of unidentified aerospace phenomena through a modified cognitive interview for use on the Internet, Jacques Py, Professor of Psychology, University of Toulouse 2
Consideration of audio components in the analysis of evidence of PAN
, Gaelle Fedoce
Authentication photos / videos of PAN
, Antoine and François Cousyn Praise
- Distance Education investigators, Jean-Luc Lemaire, MUFON France
- Internet service surveys, Jean-Marc Wattecamps, COBEPS
Preparation of standard case description observations
- Keeping omni-comprehensive UFO databases: a cost-benefit analysis, Edoardo Russo, EIC
- Foundations of the future platform for knowledge management and collaboration strategy GEIPAN, Michael Vaillant, expert GEIPAN
Operational Database for phenomena PAN
, Xavier Pasco, FAC
- Unidentified aerial phenomena: a strategy for research, Jacques Vallée
- The magazine "Lights in the Night" by Joel Mesnard to today: analysis and results of a database,Thomas Margout, University of Brest
Abductions in alleged UFO
: an evaluation test, Claude Maugé
- Container format and metadata UFO, Jean-Marc Wattecamps
Observatio No systematic sky
- Operational monitoring of space and air by the Air Force, Captain Colliard Air Force
- FRIPON: 100 cameras in France to monitor the sky, Jeremiah Vaubaillon, F. Colas, IMCCE
- Aspects, events and classification of ball lightning and storm phenomena bright transients, Raymond Piccoli, Laboratory of Lightning
- Instruments, methods and networks of optical auroral observations in arctic, Sergey Chernouss, Polar Geophysical Institute
- The Hessdalen Phenomena: 30 years of research. Instrumentation, results, witness stories, challenges, and Difficulties, Erling Strand, Ostfold University
- Instrumented monitoring of aerial anomalies, Massimo Teodorani, seseña University
- Implications of instrumental research unidentified Nico Conti, DTC Hessdalen Committee
- Unidentified aerospace phenomena and experimental strategy: methods, equipment and lessons from Instrumented field studies, Philippe Ailleris
- Operation meerkat, Stéphane Dier, Meerkat
Psychological aspects of testimonials
- The importance of psychological and emotional context in the analysis of testimonies from unidentified aerospace phenomena Rabeyron Thomas, Senior Lecturer, University of Nantes
- About the alleged psychological and sociological aspects of the testimony of UFO sightings,Pierre Lagrange, ESAA Avignon
- The influence of culture on UFO sightings, Jean Michel Abrassart, IACCHOS
The impact of beliefs on the testimony of PAN
, Romain Bouvet, Doctor of Psychology, University of Toulouse 2
Roundtable with J. Vallee, B. Meheust, J. Arnould, R. Westrum